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
5:48 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

MassDOT Secretary Dismisses Controversy Surrounding Board Restructuring

Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick has released all five members of the state transportation board. The board will be restructured in September, but the move is sparking some controversy. WAMC’s Lucas Willard filed a report…

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New England News
5:33 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

New England Unemployment Rate Rises

The unemployment rate in New England climbed in July but remains below the national average.

The New England office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Thursday the jobless rate in the six-state region was 7.1 percent last month, up from 6.8 percent in June.

Rhode Island's 10.8 percent unemployment rate is the highest in New England and the second highest in the U.S.

By contrast, Vermont's rate of 5 percent is the lowest in the region and the fifth lowest in the country.

The national jobless rate in July was 8.3 percent.

New England News
5:28 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

CT House Speaker Withdraws from Congressional Race

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Connecticut House Speaker Chris Donovan is withdrawing as a third party candidate for the state’s 5th Congressional District.

After losing the Democratic primary on Aug. 14 to former state Rep. Elizabeth Esty, Donovan could have remained in the race because he was cross-endorsed by the Connecticut Working Families Party.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Study Suggests Dam Removal Can Restore Native New England Fish Species

Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory - NOAA

Researchers are claiming that it’s possible to save important native New England fish species if certain upgrades and removal of existing infrastructure can be made. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

Ecologists from UMass Amherst and Stony Brook University in New York are saying that although the survival of some species of river herring in New England is threatened, work can be done to restore the small fish to healthy populations.

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New England News
5:52 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

UMass Ranked 14th Nationally for Innovation

UMass Amherst

The five-campus University of Massachusetts system generated $35 million during the 2011 fiscal year from the commercialization of its academic research, putting the school 14th nationally. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

A report from the Association of University Technology Managers found that UMass signed 25 licenses, created one startup company, and filed 50 patent applications. UMass was sixth overall among public institutions and second behind only the Massachusetts Institute of Technology among Bay State schools.

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New England News
5:48 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Pittsfield man facing child porn charges

A 22-year-old Pittsfield man already facing charges of raping children and forcing them to pose nude for him is facing additional charges of possession of child pornography. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The Berkshire Eagle reports that Robert Labarre, who was living in a tent in the woods before his arrest, was arraigned on Tuesday in Berkshire Superior Court on 14 charges, including two counts of rape of a child with force.

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New England News
5:36 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Massachusetts Housing Market Shows 13 Consecutive Months of Growth

According to the latest numbers, the Massachusetts real estate market is showing the largest number of single-family home sales in years, with 13 straight months of year-over-year growth. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

The Warren Group, a market-data research organization based in Boston, says that July of 2012 was the best July for home sales since 2005. Cory Hopkins, Editorial Director for the Warren Group, says that over the same time last year, the state-wide average for both single-family and condo sales, is showing a marked improvement.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Poll: Republican Ahead in Connecticut US Senate Race

A new Quinnipiac University Poll shows Republican Linda McMahon has a slight lead over Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy in Connecticut's U.S. Senate race. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The survey, released Tuesday, shows 49 percent of likely voters back the former wrestling executive, while 46 percent support Murphy.

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New England News
5:00 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Conn. Governor Picks New Dept. of Labor Commissioner

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has named Sharon Palmer, the longtime teachers' union president, his new commissioner of the Department of Labor.

Malloy, who announced the appointment on Tuesday, said he reached out to Palmer in recent weeks to fill the job held previously by former union president Glenn Marshall. He called her "a tireless advocate for working people from all walks of life."

The 68-year-old Palmer has been president of the Connecticut chapter of the American Federation of Teachers since 2003. The union represents 28,000 teachers and other employees in the state.

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New England News
7:00 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

CT GOP Chair Says State Could Swing For Romney

Chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party Jerry Labriola says he's making the argument to national Republican officials that Connecticut can be a possible win for presidential candidate Mitt Romney. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

Labriola told The Associated Press Monday that he's pointing out how President Barack Obama's popularity in the Democratic-leaning state has waned and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon is running a strong campaign.

He said "Connecticut is more and more becoming in play" and national Republicans are listening to him.

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