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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New England News
4:59 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Warren Tours Downtown Pittsfield

Mass. Senator Elizabeth Warren Visits with Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi, and lawmakers of the Berkshire Delegation
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Newly-elected Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren continued  her  first tour of Western Massachusetts after being sworn-in by hearing from constituents in the Berkshires. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports...

At Pittsfield City Hall, Warren met with lawmakers, and local  officials, where they discussed a variety of topics including the county’s infrastructure, public safety, education, and economic development.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Conn. Mayor: Name School for Newtown Teacher

Stratford, CT Mayor John Harkins

The mayor of Stratford, Conn. is proposing to name a school for a teacher who was killed in the massacre in nearby Newtown.

Mayor John Harkins says the bravery shown by Victoria Soto in protecting her children should never be forgotten.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Federal Grants Assist Extended Learning Programs in Mass.

A series of federal grants aimed at supporting additional learning time have been awarded to schools and other education organizations across Massachusetts. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program, or CCLC, was created in 2001 through the Federal No Child Left Behind Act. And very recently, winners in Massachusetts were announced to use award money to increase learning time, in an effort to improve student achievement.

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New England News
4:46 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

New Law Will Expand Virtual Schools in Massachusetts

Virtual Schools primarily teach students in online classrooms. And while many traditional schools use online teaching materials to broaden instruction, a virtual school usually operates for students unable to attend a regular school.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Patrick-Murray Admin. Announces Millions in Job Training Grants for Mass.

A series of state-funded grants recently announced by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick aims to create hundreds of jobs and train thousands of workers in the Commonwealth. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Announced by the Patrick-Murray Administration, the wave of grants through the Workforce Training Fund aims to boost the Massachusetts economy by providing job training to over 6,300 workers, and producing an estimated 682 jobs. The $6.8 million is being divided among 87 companies in a variety of fields across the Commonwealth.

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New England News
5:20 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Mass. Advocates Praise New Domestic Violence Law

Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick yesterday signed a bill into law that would provide housing rights and protections for victims of violence and domestic abuse. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more…

Yesterday, the Governor joined state officials, advocates, and Lt. Gov. Tim Murray in signing “An Act Relative to Housing Rights for Victims of Domestic Violence, Rape, Sexual Assalut, and Stalking.” The bill, which was first introduced 2005, expands housing rights for victims of abuse.

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New England News
5:10 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Mass. Dam Repair Bill Awaiting Signature by Gov. Patrick

Credit WAMC

A bill that would provide funding for the removal and replacement of aging dams across Massachusetts has passed the state legislature and is now awaiting final approval by Governor Deval Patrick. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas reports…

Advocates from a variety of backgrounds including those representing cities and towns, conservationists, and public safety are now awaiting Gov. Patrick’s signature on a bill that would create a special fund to remove, replace, and remediate aging infrastructure from interior to coastal Massachusetts.

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New England News
10:00 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Comptroller: Conn. Faces $40 Million Deficit

Connecticut's comptroller says the state is on track to end the fiscal year with a budget deficit of $40 million.

The estimate released Wednesday by Comptroller Kevin Lembo reflects cuts that were made last month after officials revealed a $365 million deficit in the current $20 billion state budget.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Mass. Legislative Leaders Eye Gun Laws in New Session

Massachusetts already has some of the nation's toughest gun laws, but legislative leaders see room for improvement.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Wednesday asked Jack McDevitt, an associate dean at Northeastern University, to lead a special commission on gun violence, with a possible focus on keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.

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New England News
12:28 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Adult Learner's Permit To Be Required in Conn.

New adult drivers in Connecticut will soon need a learner's permit before taking the road test for a driver's license.

The three-month permit will be mandatory for drivers 18 and older starting Wednesday.

The new law ends a 106-year practice of not requiring adult drivers in Connecticut to complete a training period before getting a driver's license.

Applicants will receive an adult learner permit after passing a 25-question knowledge test and a vision test. They will also have to take an eight-hour safe driving practices course, which costs $125.

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