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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With the conviction of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, one question that remains is what state lawmakers will actually do to prevent corruption.

WAMC's political observer Dr. Alan Chartock offered his thoughts to Lucas Willard on Midday Magazine.

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For more than 30 years, the Glens Falls Civic Center has been the home of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association boys basketball tournament. Now, during the bidding process to keep the tournament for another three years, officials in the Warren County city are trying to keep the tournament from moving.

More than 2 billion dollars in new investments have been awarded to projects throughout New York through Governor Andrew Cuomo's Upstate Revitalization Initiative. While the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and Central New York got the top $500 million prizes Thursday, the other four regions of the state are not leaving empty handed.

A paper mill in Warren County is celebrating its 150th birthday with a state-of-the-art upgrade.

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A Warren County elementary school was put into lockdown Thursday after two guns were spotted in a parked car.

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Former Halfmoon supervisor Melinda Wormuth was sentenced this morning in federal court on charges of extortion and false statements. As WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, the case exposed the underbelly of politics in the Saratoga County town.

Former Halfmoon supervisor Melinda "Mindy" Wormuth will be sentenced after pleading guilty to felony counts of extortion and making a false statement in August.

The University at Albany Department of Music and Theatre will honor the late Paul Elisha on Monday. The poet, musician, veteran, activist, journalist, radio host, and familiar voice on WAMC passed away in August.

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Orange & Rockland Utilities is blaming a power outage that affected more than 50,000 customers Saturday evening on an equipment malfunction at an O&R substation in Middletown.

A new report warning of the impacts on existing casinos by new entrants in the Northeast was released this week. Current gambling operations say they're doing what's necessary to stay competitive.