Jesse King

Assistant Morning Edition Producer

Jesse King has been WAMC’s Assistant Morning Edition Producer since December 2018. A recent 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 experience 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. 

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Pete Alonso and the New York Mets put quite the hurt on the Minnesota Twins to sweep their two-game series. Dominic Smith put the Mets in front with his pinch-hit, three-run homer in the seventh inning, and the rookie All-Star Alonso added a 474-foot moonshot halfway up the third deck in a 14-4 victory on Wednesday that stuck the Twins with their first three-game losing streak this season.

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Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady has begun taking New York’s first legal sports wagers. 

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A big eighth-inning rally allowed the New York Yankees to increase their lead in the American League East. The Yanks trailed 3-2 before homering twice for six runs in their final at-bat to whip the second-place Rays, 8-3.

Boston Red Sox

Rookie Michael Chavis hit a grand slam and Andrew Benintendi drove in three runs while the Red Sox were building a 10-4 lead in a 10-8 victory over the Blue Jays. Xander Bogaerts had three hits for Boston, which scored five times in both the first and third innings. Rick Porcello gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings as the Bosox bounced back from consecutive home losses to the Dodgers.

Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region

The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York met with entrepreneurs and community leaders in Albany recently to discuss economic obstacles in the Capital Region. 

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic has become the first man in 71 years to win Wimbledon after facing match points in the final, coming back to beat Roger Federer in an unprecedented fifth-set tiebreaker Sunday. The top-seeded Serb outlasted Federer 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 in a match that lasted nearly five hours to win his fifth championship at the All England Club and second in a row. 

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The town of Colonie, New York has entered a 20-year deal with Gravity Renewables to offset its energy costs with locally-produced hydroelectric power.

Serena Williams

Simona Halep stands between Serena Williams and her 24th Grand Slam championship. Williams has reached Saturday’s Wimbledon women’s singles final for the 11th time by mowing down Barbora Strycova, 6-1, 6-2 in Thursday’s semifinal.


The top three men’s seeds have advanced to Friday’s Wimbledon semifinals, which means a 40th meeting between No. 2 Roger Federer and No. 3 Rafael Nadal. Federer knocked off eighth seed Kei Nishikori, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 to become the first player to earn 100 victories at a single Grand Slam event.

Make it seven straight wins for the American League in the All-Star Game. Joey Gallo’s solo homer in the seventh inning gave the AL a 4-1 lead before the junior circuit hung on for a 4-3 win over the National League in Cleveland.


Simona Halep ended Coco Gauff’s thrilling run at Wimbledon, 6-3, 6-3, but another American was able to pull off a stunner in the fourth round at the All England Club on Monday. Top-ranked Ash Barty’s tournament is over following a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 loss to Alison Riske.

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The United States has won its record fourth Women's World Cup title and second in a row. Goals by Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle carried the Americans to a 2-0 win over the Netherlands in Sunday’s final at Lyon, France. The game was scoreless until Rapinoe converted a penalty kick in the 61st minute, eight minutes before Lavelle doubled the lead. 

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WAMC's Jesse King speaks with Barbara Lombardo of Soroptimist International of Saratoga County about the organization's 25th annual Secret Gardens Tour in Saratoga Springs this Sunday, July 7. The tour runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

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The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society is trying to raise $50,000 by the end of July to support is animal care efforts.

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DJ LeMahieu and Gary Sanchez supplied the big hits while the Yankees scored five times in the 10th inning to double up the Rays, 8-4.

The Netherlands will play the United States for the Women's World Cup title Sunday in Lyon, France. Jackie Groenen scored from outside the penalty area in the 99th minute to give the Dutch a 1-0 victory over Sweden. 

Boston Red Sox

David Price pitched six innings to win his fifth straight decision, Rafael Devers homered twice and matched his career-high with six RBI, and the Boston Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 10-6 on Tuesday night. 


Coco Gauff is still in and Naomi Osaka is out following Day 1 at Wimbledon. The 15-year-old Gauff showed poise and power in a 6-4, 6-4 stunner against seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams. The 39-year-old Williams was the oldest competitor in the women’s bracket before falling to the youngest competitor to qualify at the All England Club in the professional era.

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A new opera that debuted in Saratoga Springs Sunday takes on a difficult subject: eating disorders. 

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The New York Yankees have completed a two-game London sweep in which they outscored the Boston Red Sox, 29-21. Gary Sánchez hit a go-ahead, two-run single in a nine-run seventh inning as the Yankees rallied past the Red Sox, 12-8.

Jean Segura slammed a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to complete the Phillies’ five-run rally against Mets closer Edwin Diaz in a 6-3 victory. Mikael Franco tied it with a two-run shot off Diaz after Todd Frazier smacked a two-run homer in the Mets’ three-run ninth. Segura gave the Phils a four-game series sweep that followed a seven-game losing streak.

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The city of Albany has begun converting more than 10,000 streetlights to LEDs in an effort to become more energy efficient. 

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Earlier this year, the Kingston Land Trust and Harambee Coalition kicked off a fundraising campaign to preserve a long-forgotten African burial ground in Kingston, New York. I checked in with organizers for an update. 

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The New York Yankees have continued their major league-record home run streak, but they needed a walk-off single to dispose of the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday afternoon. Gleyber Torres lined a game-ending single in the bottom of the ninth to complete the Yankees’ 8-7 victory against the Jays.

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The New York Yankees have set a major league record by homering for the 28th consecutive game. They needed each of their home runs on Tuesday to beat the Toronto Blue Jays. DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres and Edwin Encarnacion provided the longballs as the Yanks beat the Blue Jays, 4-3. 

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The New York Yankees have tied the major league record for consecutive games with a home run. Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton went deep as the Yanks topped the Blue Jays, 10-8 and extended their home run streak to 27 games, matching the mark set by the 2002 Rangers.

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The New York Yankees’ winning streak is over, but their home run streak lives on. The Yankees had won eight straight before Jose Altuve led off Sunday’s game with a leadoff homer and rookie Yordan Alvarez connected again in the Astros’ 9-4 rout in the Bronx. 

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Ahead of Tuesday’s primary elections, Albany County District Attorney David Soares is reminding voters to behave at the polls and keep an eye on their ballots. 

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Zion Williamson is going to New Orleans. The Pelicans took the Duke freshman forward with the first overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft. 

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The New York Yankees added to their lead in the AL East by completing a three-game sweep of the second-place Tampa Bay Rays. Gary Sánchez smacked a three-run homer while the Yanks were chasing Blake Snell in the first inning of a 12-1 rout of the Rays.