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Jesse King

Assistant Morning Edition Producer

Jesse King has been WAMC’s Assistant Morning Edition Producer since December 2018. A graduate of SUNY Oneonta, King first joined the WAMC newsroom as an intern in September 2018. She grew up an avid writer and radio-nerd in Apalachin, New York, and spent much of college managing WONY 90.9 FM, contributing to the student-run podcast, Oneonta Voices, and interning with Phoenix FM in Dublin, Ireland. She holds a BA in Music Industry and Mass Communications, and plays the fiddle in her free time. 

Havidan Rodriguez
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The University at Albany is partnering with Excelencia in Education for the release of its new report on “25 Years of Hispanic Serving Institutions.” The analysis, which was briefed at UAlbany Thursday, aims to inform lawmakers and school administrators how best to serve Latino/Latina students in higher education. UAlbany President Havidán Rodríguez spoke with WAMC’s Jesse King about the report.

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig

Oneonta, New York Mayor Gary Herzig announced Tuesday that he will not seek reelection this year. The Democrat has been mayor of the Otsego County city since 2015. He says he will spend the next 10 months working to ensure Oneonta is positioned to take advantage of opportunities in a post-COVID world. Herzig tells WAMC News it’s time to step aside.

Historic Cherry Hill
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After more than a decade, volunteers and staff at Albany’s Historic Cherry Hill are nearing completion on a three-phase restoration project. WAMC’s Jesse King stopped by for a sneak peak of the museum’s next season. 

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A COVID-19 outbreak continues to mar the start of the spring semester at UMass Amherst. WAMC’s Jesse King spoke with students about how the spike is impacting student workers.

A "Smoke Free" sign in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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The Northeast garnered mixed reviews in the American Lung Association’s annual “State of Tobacco Control” report out Wednesday. 

Dennis Craig
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SUNY Oneonta will welcome back roughly 25 percent of its students to campus this semester, after a COVID-19 outbreak forced the college to shutter its doors and return to remote learning in the fall. The outbreak – in which over 700 students were infected – led to the ouster of Barbara Jean Morris as college president. Former Purchase College Interim President Dennis Craig was tapped by SUNY to lead the push for spring, with 20 percent of classes expected to take place in-person as part of a “dual modality” model. Craig discussed the college’s plans with WAMC’s Jesse King.

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig is set to deliver his State of the City address Tuesday night. It’s a busy time for the Otsego County city, with college students set to return in the coming days, a new police chief to hire, and ongoing concerns around COVID-19. Herzig, a Democrat, is now in his sixth year as mayor. He spoke with WAMC’s Jesse King.

UAlbany Vaccination Site
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The University at Albany is officially open for mass COVID-19 vaccinations.

Central Ave
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Whether you’ve traded the Northway for a home office, biking, or hitting the trails, the coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on transportation in the Capital Region. But will it last? 

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In a challenging year for the performing arts, the Albany Symphony Orchestra got some good news this fall. It has been nominated for a Grammy for the fifth time in seven years. 

Boilermaker Update
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For the second straight year, the annual Boilermaker road race in Utica, New York has been postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Exploring Opera: Jewish Treasures
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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to shutter senior centers to in-person activities, many organizations are scrambling to keep their members engaged at home. WAMC’s Jesse King has part seven of our special series on aging. 

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins
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Under a new program, the Albany Police Department will host regular discussions on police-community relations with city residents.

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After shutting its campus down amid one of New York’s largest COVID-19 outbreaks in September, SUNY Oneonta has released its reopening plan for the spring semester. As WAMC’s Jesse King reports, some faculty are worried about returning to the classroom.

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Thanksgiving is typically a busy time for food pantries, both in terms of donations and use. But as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, Capital Region food pantries are calling on lawmakers for extra assistance. 

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The 2020 presidential election and the transition between the incoming and outgoing administrations has been anything but smooth. Tonight, the Albany Institute of History & Art will host an online discussion on another set of heated elections, dating back to the 18th Century. WAMC’s Jesse King reports…

Dennis Craig
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After a failed attempt to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic this fall, officials at SUNY Oneonta are working out how they can safely bring students back for the spring semester.

Soccer Ball
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While the coronavirus pandemic continues to limit recreational sports, the Capital Region’s only LGBT soccer club is celebrating 10 years strong. WAMC’s Jesse King spoke with members of the Albany Empire Soccer Club.

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Tuesday’s election features a rematch in New York’s 105th state Assembly District. 

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New York state and local officials celebrated two new murals in downtown Albany Tuesday. 

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There’s a three-way race in New York’s 107th state Assembly district as Republican Jake Ashby seeks a second term.


Monday afternoon, NASA will attempt its first-ever sample collection from an asteroid in hopes of learning more about the origin of life on Earth. The daring mission is gathering worldwide attention. WAMC’s Jesse King spoke with NASA scientist Danny Glavin for a rundown.

Guilderland Public Library
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The Guilderland Public Library broke ground on a roughly $9 million expansion project Thursday. 

The Cunningham Continental C-3 next to a 2019 Corvette.
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While the coronavirus pandemic has wiped out most travel this year, it hasn’t stopped some Hudson Valley drivers from finding adventure on the road. WAMC’s Jesse King reports from the 4th annual Catskill Conquest Rally in Mt. Tremper.

Field of Horrors
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In a year where the coronavirus pandemic has wiped out most traditions, pumpkin farms, corn mazes, and haunted houses are still ringing in the spooky season in New York state. WAMC’s Jesse King got a sneak preview of Troy’s Field of Horrors before its official reopening Friday. 

Lincoln Park
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is proposing a $2 million investment in Lincoln Park as part of her next budget. 

Theatre on the Road
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Most of us have had enough of 2020. Starting next weekend, visitors to Kingston’s Old Dutch Church can be transported to the past. 

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Colleges across New York state are increasing testing as they grapple with spikes in COVID-19. 

Joshua Bell
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Largely dormant this summer due to the pandemic, Saratoga Performing Arts Center kicks off its virtual concert series Saturday night with a private performance by world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell. WAMC’s Jesse King has a preview. 

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Friday was the first day of an unexpected move-out at SUNY Oneonta, where more than 500 students have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of classes on August 24. The outbreak caused a two-week shutdown, followed by a move to all-virtual instruction this fall. WAMC's Jesse King spoke with resident assistants at the college, who have been under particular pressure during the outbreak.