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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This Labor Day weekend, the small city of Ticonderoga, New York, will host its first ‘Star Trek’ convention. Conventions dedicated to the 1960s TV series that spawned a pop culture movement have been held around the world for decades, but what makes this event unique is that it’s being held within a complete reproduction of the original series’ set.

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Tickets for Travers Day sold out two weeks in advance but if you’re unwilling to pay a stiff markup for a scalped ticket, you could catch a glimpse of all the runners in the $1.6 million Travers Stakes on Friday morning at Saratoga Race Course.

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The Triple Crown winner is heading east, and now we know what awaits him on Saturday. A crowd gathered in downtown Saratoga Springs Tuesday night for the draw for the 146th Travers Stakes. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief was there along with hundreds of fired up racing fans to see where their favorites will start in the summer's biggest race.

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Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah will run in Saratoga's biggest race this Saturday.

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UPDATE: Police located the missing swimmer Sunday morning. He has been identified as 43-year old Gewandatt Ramjit.

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Update: 1:02 p.m.

Two Troy police officers were shot Saturday night in the Capital Region city's Lansingburgh neighborhood.


In an age of smartphones and social media, more police departments across the country are considering equipping their officers with body cameras. Last week the Saratoga County Public Safety Committee approved two measures related to community policing, one of which would equip Sheriff's deputies with body cameras.

For three years, Niagara County been equipping its deputies with body cameras. WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with Sheriff Jim Voutour, president of the New York State Sheriff's Association, about his department's program.



The New York Racing Association announced Friday afternoon that all 50,000 tickets including season passes for the 146th running of the Travers Stakes on August 29th have been sold.

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Aug 14, 2015
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There’s a new voice this summer at Saratoga Race Course. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Lucas Willard found out, much more goes into the job than just two minutes of action.

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Seven upstate regions are competing for $1.5 billion in state funding as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Upstate New York Economic Revitalization Competition.