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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Police in North Greenbush say a suspect  is being held as the investigation into the deadly stabbing attack on Troy Director of Operations William Chamberlain continues.

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Fans are flocking to their local theaters to see the next chapter in the Star Wars saga. WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief talked those waiting for last night's premiere of The Force Awakens in Schenectady.

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The world continues to debate how to handle the growing international refugee crisis. When refugees do arrive, they are left to tackle the challenges associated with setting up a new life in the United States. They often need help learning English, seeking out government services, or finding a job. One organization operating out of Albany is doing the important work behind the scenes to help migrants find a foothold in their new community. In the fifth part of our winter series on unsung locals, WAMC's Lucas Willard reports on a refugee who is dedicated to helping others.

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A local energy company presented a $10,000 grant to Catholic Charities Thursday to aid flood recovery efforts more than two years after a devastating storm struck a small Montgomery County community and displaced more than 100 people.

Healthcare workers in Gloversville planned to demonstrate Thursday night.


A coalition of environmental groups Thursday filed a petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asking General Electric to pursue additional PCB dredging in the Hudson River.


U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has announced more than one billion dollars in federal funding has been secured to support naval reactors, including two in the Capital Region.

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A New York State Assemblywoman has announced legislation to support local Christmas tree farms.

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New York state ranks 49th in the nation for organ and tissue donations. As WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports, Saratoga County is taking steps to boost the state’s ranking.


New York state has released new materials intended for parents, community groups, teachers, and others to help initiate conversation with those struggling with addiction.