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
12:00 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Studies Reveal New Details About Regional Climate Change

 

New scientific data shows that Massachusetts is home to many ecosystems resistant to climate change, while communities across the region this past spring have experienced record temperatures. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

According to new data acquired from the Climate Systems Research Center at UMass Amherst, mean temperatures across the state for the past few months are among the highest on record.

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New England News
5:01 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Northern Berkshire Healthcare Emerges From Bankruptcy

North Adams Regional Hospital
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Northern Berkshire Healthcare, owner and operator of the North Adams Regional Hospital, has announced they have recovered from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Northern Berkshire Healthcare entered Chapter 11 restructuring in June of last year. Now the parent organization of North Adams Regional Hospital and source of about 575 jobs in North Adams has announced profits and a plan to move forward.

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New England News
4:23 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Massachusetts Lawmaker Unveils "Red Stripe" Bill to Identify Serial Drunk Drivers

As legislators in the State of Massachusetts and attorney General Martha Coakley are pushing to amend drunk driving laws, a bill has been filed in the House with a new initiative to identify repeat offenders. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
5:07 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Community Corner: Mass. 1st Congressional District Candidate Congressman Richard Neal

In the last of a series of interviews with democratic candidates in the race for Massachusetts’ First Congressional District, WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with US Representative Richard Neal.

Congressman Neal is running against former state senator Andrea Nuciforo and writer and activist Bill Shein in the race for Massachusetts’ First Congressional District.

 

New England News
8:08 am
Fri May 25, 2012

RI Agency Vice Chair Resigns amid Schilling Mess

The vice chairwoman of Rhode Island’s economic development agency has resigned, becoming the second official there to step down as the agency grapples with the future of former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's troubled video gaming company. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

Economic Development Corp. Vice Chairwoman Helena Foulkes said in a statement Thursday she spoke with Governor Lincoln Chafee and that thinks it's best that she resign.

She said she wished him luck "in this very difficult challenge."

A spokeswoman for Chafee had no immediate comment.

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New England News
5:53 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Report Looks at Massachusetts Criminal Background Reform

The report, titled “The Continuing Challenge of CORI Reform”, sponsored by the Boston Foundation and the Crime and Justice Institute at Community Resources for Justice, aimed to gauge if a key provision in recent reforms to the Criminal Offender Record Information System have been effective.

Project Coordinator Len Engel, of the Crime and Justice Institute, said that the Boston Foundation approached CRJ with a simple question in mind.

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New England News
5:40 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Community Corner: Mass. 1st Congressional District Candidate Andrea Nuciforo, Jr.

In the second of a series of interviews with democratic candidates in the race for Massachusetts’ First Congressional District, WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with former state senator Andrea Nuciforo, Jr.

Nuciforo is running against writer and activist Bill Shein, and Congressman Richard Neal, in the race for Massachusetts’ First Congressional District

New England News
6:14 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Community Corner: Ellen Kennedy of Berkshire Community College

The Board of Trustees at Berkshire Community College unanimously voted to appoint interim president Ellen Kennedy as the college’s 7th president. Ellen Kennedy took some time to speak with WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard.

Kennedy’s appointment will still need to be approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.

New England News
6:09 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Community Corner: Mass. 1st Congressional District Candidate Bill Shein

In the first of a series of interviews with democratic candidates in the race for Massachusetts’ First Congressional District, WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with candidate Bill Shein  a writer and activist from Alford.

New England News
7:52 am
Wed May 23, 2012

MA Towns Push against Citizens United

Nearly 60 Massachusetts cities and towns are urging Congress to pass a constitutional amendment that would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the Citizens United case. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

A total of 56 cities and towns from across the state have passed resolutions on the issue, with more expected to vote on similar resolutions in the coming weeks.

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