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Jesse King

Assistant Morning Edition Producer

Jesse King is a producer for WAMC’s "Morning Edition" and "A New York Minute In History." 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 her college years managing WONY 90.9 FM, contributing to the student-run podcast, "Oneonta Voices," and interning with Phoenix FM in Dublin, Ireland. She holds a B.A. in Music Industry and Mass Communications, and plays the fiddle in her free time. 

Proctors Stage
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Theaters were some of the first businesses to shut down during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, Proctors in Schenectady is preparing to open its doors to Broadway rehearsals. 

Ellis Mental Health Clinic
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Ellis Medicine is opening a new mental health clinic for children and adolescents in Schenectady, New York.

Cohoes Reservoir
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The city of Cohoes in Albany County is proposing a $5.9 million solar panel project to float on its water reservoir. 

Velan Studios logo
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stopped in Troy Tuesday to call for additional funding for video game developers in New York’s Capital Region. 

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A NASA spacecraft has started its return trip to Earth after collecting a sample from an asteroid last fall. 

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A new facility dubbed “The Doctor’s Office of the Future” has opened in Clifton Park, New York. 

Senator Chuck Schumer
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Semiconductor giant GlobalFoundries is moving its corporate headquarters from the Silicon Valley to Saratoga County, New York. 

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The New York State Writers Institute launches its first Albany Film Festival this weekend. WAMC’s Jesse King spoke with Institute Director Paul Grondahl.

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Black Lives Matter demonstrators marched through Albany Saturday evening, returning to the city police department’s South Station, where on Wednesday officers clashed with protesters.

Park Playhouse
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After a year-long shutdown forced by the coronavirus pandemic, Playhouse Stage Company will return to Albany’s Washington Park this summer. 

St. Louis Tinfoil
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An artifact at the Museum of Innovation and Science in Schenectady, New York has been selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry. 

Chris Kear, Rockland County Director of Fire and Emergency Services, updates reporters on the fire at Evergreen Court Home for Adults
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Update on 3/25/2021: The Rockland County Medical Examiner’s Office confirms the body recovered March 23 is that of Jared Lloyd of the Spring Valley Fire Department. The cause of death is pending further studies.

Officials say a 35-year-old firefighter who went missing during the Tuesday fire that gutted a Rockland County assisted living home has been found dead. 

HVCC President Roger Ramsammy
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A new STEM-focused high school for students across the Capital Region is coming to Troy. 

Shawna Scoville and Will Gallagher
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Starting March 15, New York state will expand its capacity limits at weddings to 150 people, with COVID-19 testing required. Pandemic gathering restrictions have roiled many couples, families, and venues for the past year. WAMC’s Jesse King has more on what the stalled wedding industry thinks of the change. 

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. 

Early Elections Presentation Flyer
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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…