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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Last night's NCAA regional semifinals consisted of three close games and a blowout. Xavier, Gonzaga and Oregon managed to win their NCAA Tournament games by a combined six points, while Kansas enjoyed a 32-point blowout over Purdue.

No. 8 Wisconsin takes on No. 4 Florida tonight at 10 p.m., No. 3 Baylor faces No. 7 South Carolina at 7:30 p.m., No. 1 North Carolina goes head to head with No. 4 Butler at 7 p.m., and No. 2 Kentucky faces No. 3 UCLA at 9:30 p.m.

An Albany County grand jury indicted two state senators  – one sitting and one retired – on felony election law violations.

State Sen. Robert G. Ortt and former Sen. George D. Maziarz, are scheduled to be arraigned this morning in Albany. The indictments are part of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s probe of election law fraud in Niagara County.


NCAA Tournament play resumes tonight when No. 3 Oregon takes on No. 7 Michigan at 7 p.m. Later No. 1 Gonzaga faces No. 4 West Virginia at 7:30 p.m., No. 1 Kanas takes on No. 4 Purdue at 9:30 p.m., and No. 11 Xavier plays No. 2 Arizona at 10 p.m.


Some juvenile offenders in Massachusetts are offered a choice straight out of "Hamlet": to act or not to act.

Shakespeare & Company, a theater company in Lenox, works with the courts to get youngsters who run afoul of the law sentenced to perform works of Shakespeare on stage as an alternative to community service or juvenile detention.

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In the NBA, Brooklyn squeaked by Detroit 98-96, Toronto topped Chicago in overtime 122-120, Miami bested Phoenix 112-97, New Orleans won against Memphis 95-82, Golden State defeated Dallas 112-87, San Antonio beat Minnesota 100-93, Milwaukee edged Portland 93-90, and it was the Clippers over the Lakers 133-109.

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Gov. Charlie Baker is urging the state's congressional delegation to fight a Republican-backed health care bill that he says could undermine Massachusetts' efforts to maintain its highest-in-the-nation rate of insured residents. 


In the women's NCAA basketball tournament, Kia Nurse scored 29 points and tied a tournament record with nine 3-points to lead undefeated UConn to a 94-64 win over Syracuse in a second round rematch of last year's national championship game. In other games, Stanford routed No. 7 seed Kansas State 69-48 to advance to the Cardinal's 10th straight Sweet 16, and Oregon earned its first Sweet 16 berth by upsetting Duke 74-65.

South Carolina head coach Frank Martin, second from left, is hugged by Chris Silva, left, as they celebrate after a second-round game against Duke in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., on Sunday.


In college men’s basketball, No. 7 South Carolina stunned No. 2 Duke by beating the Blue Devils 88-81. No. 7 Michigan upset No. 2 Louisville 73-69. On Saturday No. 8 Wisconsin topped No. 1 overall seed Villanova 65-62. No. 11 Xaiver had its second straight upset beating No. 3 Florida State 91-66. The Musketeers will try to do it again in the Sweet Sixteen when they face No. 2 Arizona on Thursday.

On Saturday in the NIT, Mississippi beat Syracuse 85-80.

Prosecutors say state and federal probes of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's fundraising will not result in criminal charges for the mayor or others acting on his behalf.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said the facts were insufficient to successfully argue a provable violation of election laws. But he said the actions appear to be "contrary to the intent and spirit of the law."

Police around New York state will be cracking down on drunken driving and underage drinking this St. Patrick's Day weekend.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the law enforcement campaign ahead of Friday's holiday.


Vincent Edwards scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half, and Purdue held off Vermont 80-70 Thursday night for its first victory in the NCAA Tournament in five years. It was Vermont's first loss this calendar year. The Catamounts, the regular-season and tournament champions in the America East, had the nation's longest active win streak at 21 games.

The latest Nintendo video game console has been released to much fanfare. 

Help may be coming for students at New York's public universities after lawmakers in Albany backed plans to increase tuition assistance.


In college men's basketball, Andrew White III made seven of his nine 3-point attempts and scored 34 points in leading Syracuse, disappointed not to be in the NCAA Tournament, to a 90-77 victory over UNC Greensboro in a first-round NIT game last night. White set the Syracuse single-season record with 109 3-pointers, on 269 attempts.


Tonight Syracuse men’s basketball takes on University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the National Invitation Tournament at 7 p.m.

Diminutive point guard Junior Robinson scored 23 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 1:27 to play, and Mount St. Mary's held on for a 67-66 victory over New Orleans in the opening game of the First Four. Robinson, the smallest player in Division I at 5-foot-5, carried the Mountaineers (20-15) to only their second NCAA Tournament win. They'll head to Buffalo to play defending national champion and top overall seed Villanova in the East Regional on Thursday.


In the NBA, Chicago beat Charlotte 115-109, Toronto bested Dallas 100-78, Minnesota topped Washington 119-104, San Antonio defeated Atlanta 107-99, Memphis won against Milwaukee 113-93, Utah beat the Clippers 114-108, Sacramento topped Orlando 120-115, and it was Denver over the Lakers 129-101.

It's part 2 of Tales from the Tavern, our live event recorded at the Olde English Pub in Albany, New York. In this episode you’ll hear us talk to live audience members about the stories from their childhood and around the region. 


Villanova is the first overall seed in the NCAA men's basketball tournament as it seeks a second straight national championship. Kansas is No. 1 in the Midwest despite its loss to TCU in the Big 12 quarterfinals. North Carolina has the top seed in the South, and Gonzaga heads the West Region. No 13 Vermont will take on No 4 Purdue on Thursday in Milwaukee at 7:27 p.m. No. 14 Iona faces No. 3 Oregon on Friday at 2 p.m.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, both Democrats, say their states are joining Washington state's lawsuit against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. 


In the America East Tournament, the UAlbany men will take on Vermont in the finals Saturday at 11 a.m. The UAlbany women will face Maine today at 4:30 p.m.

Matt Mobley scored 19 points, Jaylen Adams had 17 plus six assists and St. Bonaventure defeated Massachusetts 73-60 Thursday in the second round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. David Andoh added 12 points and Josh Ayeni 10 for the fifth-seeded Bonnies, who will play Number 4 seed Rhode Island in a Friday quarterfinal.

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Miami held off Syracuse 62-57 on Wednesday in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. The ninth-seeded Hurricanes (21-10) advanced to play top-seeded and sixth-ranked North Carolina in the first quarterfinal Thursday afternoon.

Massachusetts held off a late rally from St. Joseph's for a 70-63 victory in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament on Wednesday night. No. 12 seed UMass (15-17) snapped a three-game skid and plays fifth-seeded St. Bonaventure in a Thursday quarterfinal.


Opinions are mixed about whether Connecticut should legalize recreational use of marijuana by adults.

Some state legislators on Tuesday touted the potential benefits of legalization, ranging from better control and regulation of a now-illegal industry to additional tax revenue for the state and communities.

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Gov. Charlie Baker is pushing legislation he says will give Massachusetts greater control over protecting the state's water supply.

The bill, which will be filed Wednesday, would let the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection administer a federal water quality protection program run by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

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City Councilor David Allaire has won the race for Rutland mayor, ousting an incumbent who wanted to bring refugees from Syria and Iraq to the community.

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In the NBA, Portland bested Oklahoma City 126-121, Dallas beat the Lakers 122-111, and it was Washington over Phoenix 131-127.

Longtime agent Rob Pelinka has been formally hired as the Los Angeles Lakers' new general manager. Pelinka got the job shortly after Lakers owner Jeanie Buss fired GM Mitch Kupchak and her brother, Jim, as the club's top basketball executives last month. The team waited to announce the hiring until Pelinka complied with NBA rules against conflicts of interest, in part by transferring responsibility for his clients to other agents in his firm, Landmark Sports Agency.

New York state is embarking on a campaign to install 450 new charging stations for electric vehicles. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the effort on Monday. The new charging stations will be located in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, Albany, the Hudson Valley, Westchester County, New York City and Long Island.

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The Albany Common Council Monday night voted 12-3 to approve the transfer of the city’s ownership of the Palace Theatre to the venue’s board. The theatre’s board members proposed a 30-year payment of $750,000 to transfer the venue to the nonprofit, the Palace Performing Arts Center Incorporated. 


Jordan Washington had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Iona held off Siena 87-86 in overtime on Monday night to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Despite playing with four fouls, Washington scored six points in the tense extra period. Marquis Wright hit a 3 at the final buzzer as Siena came up just short.


In men’s college basketball, UAlbany will take on Stony Brook in the America East tournament’s semifinals tonight at 7:30 p.m. No. 1 Vermont will take on New Hampshire at 7:00 p.m.

Meanwhile, Siena upset No. 1 Monmouth 89-85 in the MAAC tournament and will take on Iona in the championship today at 9 p.m.

In women’s college basketball, UAlbany will take on Maine in the America East title game Friday night at 4:30 p.m.

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Harvard University is taking new steps to confront its past ties to slavery. 

The Ivy League school is hosting a conference Friday exploring the historical ties between slavery and early universities, including Harvard.