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Jackie Orchard

News Producer
WAMC's Jackie Orchard speaking with Tom Merritt, creator of the MLB Trivia Challenge game, at Shamrock Tavern in Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY.
Matthew Burton

If you’ve ever played the MLB Trivia Challenge board game, you may have wondered, “Where did all of these statistical questions come from?” They were created long before Google, and the game itself is the result of one upstate New York man’s life’s work.

Tyson Davis is a 20-year-old Black composer
Photos provided by Tyson Davis / Composite image made my Jackie Orchard / WAMC

The classical music world often focuses on long dead masters, who tend to be white and European. But one composer who is not even old enough to legally drink alcohol is trying to change that. He started over the weekend with the Albany Symphony.

Kierra Allen visits Shanita Thomas’ vigil on Central Avenue in Albany, NY every day. She is pictured here with her son.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Albany Police continue to investigate a shooting last weekend that killed a pregnant woman and injured four others. 32-year-old Shanita Thomas was killed in the 200 block of Central Avenue in the latest gun homicide to rock the city. In recent days, a vigil has sprung up near the site of the shooting.

Speaking in front of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. statue in Albany’s Lincoln Park, Democrat Beroro Efekoro of the 7th district says he would not be allowed to hold public office if it weren’t for MLK.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Albany County officials marked Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a wreath-laying Monday morning.

(left) Bob Caprara, owner of Caprara’s Auto Body Shop in Troy, New York (right) Author Dennis Mahoney spoke outside his home in Troy
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After Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol yesterday, resulting in four deaths and several injuries, Congress reconvened and cemented Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential race. WAMC took to the streets today to speak with residents across the Northeast about how the events unfolded.

The Bactrian Camel has the ability to close its nostrils completely, explaining why it isn't worried in the slightest about the COVID-19 virus.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

COVID-19 has taken a toll on businesses across the country. As WAMC’s Jackie Orchard found out, zoos are having a wild ride during the pandemic as well.

Zoom call interview with WAMC's Jackie Orchard, her brother in law Trong Nguyen, her sister Alexandra Nguyen, her nephew Fynn Thau Nguyen, and her grandparents in law Thau and Hai Nguyen.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

In many parts of the United States, multi-generational households are a thing of the past. As young professionals move out and move away, parents and grandparents are often left behind. In part seven of our special series on aging, WAMC’s Jackie Orchard learns about the importance of grandparents in one culture.

Many small businesses are hanging by a thread as they wait for another round of federal stimulus money, hoping to keep remaining employees on payroll and pivot to online sales amid further COVID-19 restrictions. But there are resources to help businesses stay afloat.

WAMC's Jackie Orchard interviewing Officer Devin Anderson on a Friday night ride-along.
Officer Steve Smith / APD

Following the May death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis Police custody – Albany experienced a slew of protests and riots, New York repealed a law that restricted access to police disciplinary records and a statewide mandate to reimagine policing was instituted. To learn how these events have impacted policing in New York’s capital city, I rode along with an Albany Police lieutenant and spoke with a local Black rights activist.

Albany County Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen
Albany County / via YouTube

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has warned that the percentage of residents testing positive for COVID-19 over a seven-day average has surpassed 3 percent, nearing the threshold where New York state imposes tighter restrictions. WAMC’s Jackie Orchard spoke with Albany County Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen about Thanksgiving, which is expected to cause a large spike in cases.

75 foot tall Norway spruce tree before Rockefeller Center cut it down.
Courtesy of Daddy Al's General Store in Oneonta, NY

This year, a world famous holiday sight has its roots in Oneonta, New York.

NASA astronauts Victor Glover, front left, Mike Hopkins, front right, Shannon Walker, back left, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, back right, wearing SpaceX spacesuits, are seen as they walk out of the Neil A. Armstr
Joel Kowsky / NASA

Four NASA astronauts are blasting off in the SPACEX Crew Dragon spacecraft tonight, if all things go according to plan. 

Trump supporters gather at the state capitol in Albany after the race was called for Joe Biden.
Jackie Orchard

Albany County Democrats were celebrating former Vice President Joe Biden’s victory this weekend, but supporters of President Donald Trump who gathered to protest aren’t ready to give up yet.

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Outside the New York State Capitol in Albany demonstrators appeared Saturday after the presidential race was called for Joe Biden.

The Fournier family trick-or-treating in Washington Park on Halloween.
Jesse King / WAMC

Halloween looked a little different in Albany this year. To encourage social distancing and discourage indoor parties, the city of Albany hosted a drive-thru and walk-thru candy and pumpkin give-away Saturday in 11 city parks.

General Manager of The Linda, Carl Blackwood, gives guidance to The Nellies before the show starts.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic seven months ago, many performance venues have had to completely change their business strategy. Our own Performing Arts Studio, The Linda, is no exception. But Monday nights are becoming a bright spot again.

Izzy Fletcher walking the balance beam with her coach, Marlene Michels, standing nearby.
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Special Olympics New York, celebrating its 50th anniversary, is launching a new campaign to remedy what it says is a gap in sponsorship for disabled athletes. As WAMC’s Jackie Orchard found out, one local star keeps beating the odds.

Brothers Garrett and Nick Bernardo at NOVUS headquarters in Albany, NY.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

At a time when most small businesses are struggling, one Albany sports apparel company is hitting its stride during the COVID-19 pandemic.

September is suicide prevention month, and it may be more important than ever this year. The COVID-19 pandemic is making people feel isolated, spurring a rise in gun sales and creating new boundaries to medical care. WAMC brings you this firsthand account of what it feels like to hit a low point – and how to bounce back.

Rail car on SABIC’s Selkirk property being doused by local fire departments on September 1 2020.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

A number of state and law enforcement agencies are responding to a hazardous material leak in Albany County. 

WAMC's Jackie Orchard (left) and her sister Samantha Orchard (right) at Berkshire HorseWorks in Richmond, Massachusetts.
Wendi Koch / Berkshire HorseWorks

With fewer activities available and pressures mounting months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Berkshire HorseWorks is offering horse therapy sessions for families and individuals who are stressed. I brought my sister, an essential worker, to the day-long program to see what it’s all about.

Voice of Beethoven, Julian Tushabe, sat with WAMC as he listened to the full audio play for the very first time.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center, unable to hold live performances due to COVID-19 this summer, is bringing classical music lovers Beethoven in a new format: purely audio. On its new open-air patio, WAMC got a special preview of the performance.

A picture of a race car
Jim Levulis / WAMC

A U.S. District Court Judge has dismissed a lawsuit from a number of New York state auto tracks who were seeking to bring spectators back. 

Thoroughbred Retirement Fund Ambassadors "Uptown Joe" (left) and "Bold Mon" (right)
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Even though fans aren’t allowed in this year, the racing world is still focused on the summer meet at Saratoga Race Course right now. But what happens to thoroughbreds after their career on the track? I went to Saratoga Springs to find out.

The Veterans and Community Housing Coalition "Guardian House" for female veterans.
Courtesy of VCHC

Female veterans in New York state without a permanent place to live have strikingly few options — and with the COVID-19 pandemic stretching on, they face more challenges than ever.

Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Saying major structural changes need to be made to stay afloat, the College of St. Rose in Albany plans to cut more faculty.

The Saratoga Race Course is prepping the track but not the stands.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

The Saratoga Race Course meet starts Thursday with new restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Public safety officials say if you want to watch the races, you’ll have to do it on TV.

Joseph Spector - Politics on the Hudson

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is renewing warnings about the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local governments.

Letitia James
Facebook: New York State Attorney General

New York Attorney General Letitia James released a preliminary report Wednesday on the investigation into NYPD interactions with Black Lives Matter protesters following the death of George Floyd.

Black At St. Rose Instagram Account
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Prompted by claims of racism on campus chronicled on an Instagram account called “Black At St. Rose,” interim president Marcia White is promising to hire a Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the private Albany college.

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