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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. 

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…

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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SUNY Oneonta says 289 students have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of classes last week. The outbreak forced the campus to halt in-person learning until at least September 13. For year-round residents of Oneonta, New York, the news is nerve-wracking – but not surprising. 

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Almost 30 SUNY Oneonta students have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of classes on Monday. College President Barbara Jean Morris says school officials are investigating reports of off-campus gatherings — including complaints of rush parties hosted by fraternities and sororities. WAMC’s Jesse King spoke with Abigail Perrin, a SUNY Oneonta senior currently living in town.

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The Republican National Convention wraps in Charlotte, North Carolina tonight, with President Trump formally accepting the party’s nomination from the White House. While the coronavirus pandemic has stymied a majority of the convention’s in-person events, many of New York’s delegates have been watching closely from afar. WAMC’s Jesse King spoke with delegates from the Capital Region…

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The city of Albany has selected a firm to conduct a racial bias audit of the Albany Police Department.

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Saratoga County has opened its new public safety headquarters in Ballston Spa. 

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Cohoes, New York has a new police chief for the first time in 27 years. 

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With Election Day less than three months away and no end to the coronavirus pandemic in sight, election officials in New York are scrambling to handle an expected spike in absentee ballots.

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As COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the country, cities in the Capital Region are bracing for the return of college students this month.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy says 14 more people tested positive for the novel coronavirus Tuesday, meaning there are now 84 active cases in the county. 

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The city of Albany has launched an initiative to give younger residents a safe place to play and learn this summer during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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As activists and lawmakers call for police reforms across the country, the New York State Sheriffs’ Association came out with its own list of priorities Wednesday. 

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Schenectady’s Museum of Innovation and Science plans to reopen with two new exhibits next week — exhibits that help explain the existence of this very story.