Patrick Garrett

Morning Edition Producer, National Productions Coordinator

Patrick Garrett graduated with a dual degree from the State University of New York, College at Oneonta in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications, Concentration in Production and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Industry. A former newsroom intern who joined the WAMC staff in 2014, he worked at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, where he sold tickets. He is an Eagle Scout from Saratoga Springs and writes and plays music in his free time.

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This week on the Gazette: state lawmakers and lobby groups say Governor Andrew Cuomo was wrong when he said there was no political will to enact reforms in 2017, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on a proposal to make any president who hails from New York turn over their tax returns to the state, and the State University of New York has a new chancellor.

New York State Police say they’ve arrested a man and woman late Thursday in connection with the robbery and shooting of a Hague store clerk earlier this week.

The Post-Star reports that the two are residents of the Queensbury area and are currently charged with felony robbery.

The couple is likely to be arraigned this morning with more charges expected then. Police identified them as Vittorio L. Campano, 25, and Christine W. Tomko, 27.


The Cleveland Browns used the first pick in the NFL draft to select Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett. The Chicago Bears moved up to the No. 2 slot and grabbed junior quarterback Mitchell Trubisky of North Carolina. The San Francisco 49ers made their selection after swapping picks with Chicago, choosing sophomore defensive end Solomon Thomas of nearby Stanford with the third choice.


In the NBA playoffs, Washington topped Atlanta 103-99 to lead the series 3-2 and Boston won against Chicago 108-97 to take a 3-2 series lead.

Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has been fined $100,000 by the NBA for confronting a referee during live game action. Byron Spruell, the NBA's president of league operations, announced Alexander's fine Wednesday. The incident occurred Tuesday in the final minute of the first quarter during the Rockets' 105-99 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Vermont's attorney general has joined 13 other attorneys general in urging the country to reaffirm a commitment to an international agreement to reduce climate-warming carbon emissions.

The letter signed by Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan says climate change poses multiple threats including to national security, the economy, and the health and well-being of citizens.

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The Houston Rockets have found a way to stop Russell Westbrook from getting triple-doubles - by ending the Oklahoma City Thunder's season. The Rockets have advanced to the NBA's Western Conference semifinals by knocking off the Thunder, 105-99 in Game 5. James Harden had 34 points and Lou Williams added 22 to help Houston reach Round 2 for the second time in three seasons. Williams scored the last eight points in a 10-2 spurt that put the Rockets ahead 86-81 with nine minutes remaining.

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Stephen Curry delivered 37 points and nine assists as the Golden State Warriors crushed the Trail Blazers, 128-103 in Portland to complete a four-game sweep in the NBA first-round series. The Warriors tied a league playoff record for most points in a first quarter to take a 45-22 lead. Klay Thompson finished with 18 points and Kevin Durant had 10 in his first action since missing two games with a calf injury.

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Greek yogurt giant Chobani filed a lawsuit Monday against right-wing radio host Alex Jones, accusing the conspiracy theorist of publishing false information about the company.

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New York has renovated the state's oldest surviving theater.

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the reopening of Hudson Hall at the Hudson Opera House.

The $8.5 million renovation project was funded through arts, economic development and parks and recreation grants, as well as some private donors.

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In New York, legislators are again set to debate whether alcoholic beverages should be served in movie theaters, after previous attempts at formal legislation fell apart during state budget negotiations.

The Times Union reports that Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo first introduced the law that would allow alcoholic beverages to be sold to patrons of legal age with tickets for films rated PG-13, R or NC-17.


Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has become the first player in NBA history to be part of 10 different four-game sweeps during his career. James dropped in 33 points and nailed a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:08 remaining before the Cavs held on to top the Pacers, 106-102 at Indiana. The Cavaliers squandered a 96-83 lead in the fourth quarter and trailed 102-100 before James hit his only trey of the game.


In the NBA playoffs, Cleveland beat Indiana 119-114 to put them within one game of a series sweep 3-0, Milwaukee bested Toronto 104-77 to take a 2-1 series lead, and it was Memphis over San Antonio 105-94, the Spurs lead the series 2-1. The Boston Celtics face Chicago at 7 p.m. tonight and trail in the series 2-0.

Podcast: Creating Stop Motion Animation

Apr 20, 2017



Is there room for stop-motion animation in a world of computer-generated art? How is stop-motion animation staying relevant these days? We talk to the founder of Emmy-winning stop-motion studio Bix Pix Entertainment on the latest episode of RetConned.


In the Stanley Cup playoffs, Ottawa beat Boston 1-0 and the Senators lead the series 3-1, Washington edged Toronto 5-4 and are now tied at 2 games apiece, Minnesota blanked St. Louis 2-0 to narrow the series to 3-1, and it was Anaheim over Calgary 3-1 to advance to the conference semifinals after sweeping the series 4-0.

New York's education commissioner has scheduled a hearing to decide whether one-time candidate for governor Carl Paladino should be removed from the Buffalo school board. 

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The American Civil Liberties Union says prosecutors are recommending more than 21,000 drug convictions in Massachusetts be dismissed because they were tainted by a former state drug lab chemist who pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and falsifying tests.


A Coast Guard academy in Connecticut has accidentally leaked thousands of gallons of polluted wastewater into a nearby river for the past 20 years.

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence in prison for his role in the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013, was found dead of an apparent suicide in his prison cell Wednesday morning. The Boston Globe reports that Hernandez was found hanging in his cell at approximately 3:05 a.m. State Police are currently investigating. Hernandez was recently found not guilty in a different murder case.


In the Stanley Cup playoffs, Ottawa beat Boston in overtime 4-3 to take a 2-1 series lead, Toronto topped Washington in overtime 4-3 to lead the series to 2-1, Nashville edged Chicago in overtime 3-2 to bring it to game 4 with a 3-0 series lead, and it was Anaheim over Calgary in overtime 5-4 to lead the series three games-to-none. Montreal is in New York tonight to take on the Rangers at 7:30 p.m. The Habs lead the series 2-1.


The NBA's No. 1 seeds opened their playoff schedules with a win by the Golden State Warriors and a loss by the Boston Celtics. The Warriors pulled out a 121-109 win over Portland as Kevin Durant provided 32 points and 10 rebounds. Jimmy Butler scored 23 of his team-high 30 points in the second half and finished with nine rebounds as the Bulls downed the Celtics, 106-102 in Boston.


The NHL's No. 1 seeds opened their respective playoff schedules on Thursday. Washington Capitals fans went home happier than Chicago Blackhawks supporters.

Tom Wilson scored his first NHL playoff goal 5:15 into overtime as the Caps downed the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2. The Toronto native capped a rally in which the Capitals held onto home-ice advantage after falling behind 2-0.


In the NHL playoffs, the Rangers shut out Montreal 2-0 to start the series with a 1-0 lead, Boston edged Ottawa 2-1, Pittsburgh topped Columbus 3-1, St. Louis skated by Minnesota in overtime 2-1, and it was San Jose over Edmonton in overtime 3-2.


In Major League Baseball, Boston beat Baltimore 8-1 and the Mets blasted Philadelphia 14-4. The Yankees were off and continue their series with Tampa Bay today.

Forbes ranks the New York Yankees as baseball's most valuable team for the 20th straight year and lists the Tampa Bay Rays with the lowest valuation. Forbes estimates the Yankees are worth $3.7 billion, up 9 percent from last year. The Dodgers are next at $2.75 billion, a 10 percent increase. Boston was third at $2.7 billion.

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In Major League Baseball, Michael Pineda retired his first 20 batters before Evan Longoria lined a double down the left-field line, and he wound up pitching two-hit ball over 7 2/3 innings Monday in the New York Yankees' home opener, an 8-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Detroit edged Boston 2-1, the Mets topped Philadelphia 4-3.

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is said to be doing well after being struck in the helmet by a 94 mph fastball in the first inning and forced out of the game. It was a frightening moment in San Francisco's 4-1 victory Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks in its home opener.


Sergio Garcia is no longer in the conversation of outstanding golfers to never win a major. Not after he slipped his arms into a green jacket on Sunday. Garcia has won the Masters in comeback fashion, beating Justin Rose in a sudden-death playoff. The 37-year-old Spaniard trailed Rose by two shots with six holes remaining before ending his two decades of close calls and major meltdowns in major tournaments.

Dave Smith has been named head coach for the Rensselaer Division 1 men's hockey team.

The Masters:

Charley Hoffman owns a four-stroke lead over William McGirt through one round of the Masters. Hoffman had seven birdies in an 11-hole stretch en route to a 7-under-65 that gives him the largest first-round lead at the Masters since 1955. Lee Westwood is five shots back and one ahead of a group that included Phil Mickelson, Olympic gold medalist Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia.


In the NBA, Cleveland topped Boston 114-91, Golden State won against Phoenix 120-111, the Clippers bested Dallas 112-101, the Lakers bet San Antonio 102-95, Miami defeated Charlotte 112-99, Toronto won against Detroit 105-102, Oklahoma City edged Memphis 103-100, and it was Houston over Denver 110-104.

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In Major League Baseball, the Yankees topped Tampa Bay 5-0.

The St. Louis Cardinals figured to be the toughest competitors for the Chicago Cubs in the race for the National League's Central Division title. The first two games of the season have shown just how fierce that race will be. The Cubs saw the Cardinals score a late run on a hit by Randal Grichuk to win in team's opener at St. Louis. The Cubs struck back Tuesday night, edging the Cardinals 2-1 on Jake Arrietta's stellar pitching and a game-saving catch by center fielder Albert Almora Jr., who robbed the Cardinals' Matt Adams of a game-tying homer.

Roth Hall at the Culinary Institute of America
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Along the banks of the Hudson River, roughly halfway between New York City and Albany, lies one of the country's most famous centers of culinary learning: The Culinary Institute of America. Countless chefs have passed through its venerable Roth Hall, a signature behemoth of a building dating back to the early 1900s. Roth Hall houses a variety of classrooms, kitchens, dining rooms and administrative offices. And like many universities, it is home to its share of legends. 


The North Carolina Tar Heels are national champions for the sixth time in men's basketball following a 71-65 win over Gonzaga. Justin Jackson converted a three-point play with 1:40 remaining to put the Tar Heels ahead to stay. Joel Berry II had a team-high 22 points for the Tar Heels, who won despite shooting under 36 percent from the field and going 4-for-27 from 3-point range.