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NCPR News Staff: Martha Foley

News and Public Affairs Director
Martha Foley joined the staff of WSLU as morning host in 1981, after a stint at The St. Lawrence Plaindealer. She helped found the news department in 1982, and has seen it grow, and shrink, and grow again. "I especially liked the 'grow again' part," she says, "it means working with really talented reporters, telling more and more stories from around the North Country."

Martha has won state and national awards for her reporting and editing. She has encouraged local news at public radio stations across the country as a member and director of Public Radio News Directors, Inc., an organization of over 100 local newsrooms. As a director of PRNDI for six years, she was responsible for The PRNDI Project, an annual training program for young reporters, and NewsWorks, training for station news departments.

Martha grew up on an Adirondack foothill in northeastern Saratoga County. She lives just south of Canton with her husband, boatbuilder Everett Smith, and her teenaged son, Emmett. Favorite pastimes: sitting, looking, and listening. E-mail

Stories filed by Martha Foley

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St. Lawrence County Celebrates Bicentennial

Martha Foley talks with County Historian Trent Trulock.  Go to full article

Fort Drum Troops Not Among Casualties in Afghanistan

The soldiers and spouses at Fort Drum have been watching with increasing tension as reports of American casualties come in from the battlegrounds of Afghanistan. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

U.S. Helicopter Shot Down Over Afghanistan

At least 6 Americans were killed and an unknown number wounded when their helicopter was shot down over eastern Afghanistan today. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Feminism and Religion

Martha Foley talks with St. Lawrence University professors Kelley Raab and Kathryn Poethig about this week's Mackay lecture series--"Women, God, Power: Crossing Boundaries" in Canton.  Go to full article

Wadhams Hall Seminary College to Close

Wadhams Hall Seminary College in Ogdensburg will close in May, the victim of a long decline in enrollment, and lack of prospects for the future. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Photojournalist Red Grandy on Crashing the Iron Curtain

Martha Foley talks with North Country Photojournalist Red Grandy, who covered the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics for Stars & Stripes.  Go to full article

Redistricting Plan Reshuffles North Country Districts

Martha Foley talks with Republican Assemblyman Chris Ortloff about the redistricting proposal and its effects on North Country politicians.  Go to full article

Alexandria Bay Hosts River Environment Conference

St. Lawrence River advocates gather in Alexandria Bay for "Winter Environmental Weekend 2002." The conference will address the health of the natural community and environment of the St. Lawrence River. Martha Foley talks with Save the River president John Farrell, a research associate at Syracuse University.  Go to full article

Amy Ivy: Gardening After a Mild Dry Winter

Martha Foley talks with Amy Ivy about our mild dry winter and what it's doing to plants, trees and soil.  Go to full article

People: Barbara Kearns, Newcomb Central School Superintendent (and Hero of the Planet) Retires

Martha Foley talks with Newcomb Central School Superintendent Barbara Kearns, who's retiring after 14 years on the job. Kearns was honored by Time magazine and CNN three years ago when she was chosen a Hero of the Planet for using the six-million-acre Adirondack Park as a learning experience for her students.  Go to full article

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