Lucas Willard

Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief/Weekend Host

Lucas Willard graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. He also attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in 2010, where he studied audio and multimedia storytelling.  Prior to joining WAMC in 2011, Lucas worked with the Sound and Story Project of the Hudson Valley, the Big Shed Audio Documentary Podcast, the Albany Broadcasting Company, WDVL & WCVF-FM Fredonia, and WSUC-FM Cortland.  

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Robert O’Leary has been selected to serve as publisher for Digital First Media’s New York newspapers, including the Saratogian, the Troy Record, Kingston’s Daily Freeman, and the Oneida Dispatch.

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The race for one of New York’s medical marijuana licenses is underway. More than 40 different companies have laid out their plans for both growing facilities and distribution sites. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has the latest on a handful of proposed businesses in our backyard.

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New York City Ballet soloist and Resident Choreographer Justin Peck’s 'Rōdē,ō: Four Dance Episodes is being performed at Saratoga Performing Arts Center tonight at 8 p.m. on the main stage.

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Officials in Saratoga County are working to put in place a concealed carry permit system.  Sheriff Michael Zurlo said he’s been in conversation with gun club owners and pistol permit holders in Saratoga County to establish the unrestricted permit program.

Prison escapee David Sweat has been released from Albany Medical Center, where he was being held after his capture one week ago in the Northern New York community of Constable.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has used his new powers to officiate weddings to marry a same-sex couple.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has sent a letter to Acting State Education Commissioner Dr. Elisabeth Berlin regarding the Department’s reported failure to protect transgender and gender non-conforming students from harassment and violence.

In his letter, Cuomo demands that the State Education Department take immediate steps to address failures as outlined by a recent report from the New York Civil Liberties Union.

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As local newspapers across the country are closing due to declining readership, rising costs, and a changing media landscape, two Capital Region publications are losing their longtime editors.

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The renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir is currently performing across the Northeast as part of its 2015 Atlantic Coast tour. The group known for its long history and varied repertoire is making a rare visit to Saratoga Performing Arts Center Monday, June 29th. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard caught up with   General Manager Scott Barrick.

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A new library will be built in Schenectady to bring resources and programs to city children and families.

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