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Jesse King

Producer / Host

Jesse King is the host of "51%" and a producer for WAMC’s afternoon news programs. She also produces the WAMC podcast, "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. 

  • On this week’s 51%, we discuss the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, ending nearly 50 years of constitutional protections for abortion in the United States. We speak with Albany Law School professor Vincent Bonventre about what this means for the Court, and hear from advocates on both sides of the debate over abortion rights. Albany Medical Center’s Dr. Rachel Flink also discusses how to pick and properly use the birth control method that’s best for you.
  • On this week’s 51%: we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX. We look back on the history of the legislation and its impact on women’s sports, and civil rights lawyer Alexandra Brodsky discusses her book Sexual Justice, about how Title IX can better address cases of sexual harassment and assault.
  • The Supreme Court has ended constitutional protections for abortion following a decision by its conservative majority to overturn Roe v. Wade. The 6-3 ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization returns the issue of abortion rights to states – roughly half of which are expected to restrict or ban the procedure. Advocates on both sides of the debate are reacting to the decision in the Northeast.
  • On this week’s 51%, we speak with authors Janie Victoria Ward and Tracy Robinson-Wood about their new book, Sister Resisters: Mentoring Black Women on Campus, on how college faculty can better mentor Black students. We also take a look at a new Marist Poll analyzing how Americans perceive Title IX, ahead of the legislation’s 50th anniversary.
  • On this week’s 51%, we catch up with some savvy women in STEM. Annmarie Lanesey of CanCode Communities offers her advice for those looking to work in the tech sector, and we also stop by the Springfield Science Museum in western Massachusetts to speak with its new director, Jenny Powers.
  • On this week’s 51%, we wrap our series on women in business. Harvard economist Claudia Goldin explains how women persisted in the job market during the coronavirus pandemic, and Beth Miller Guthier with Capital District WERC shares her tips for those needing to start over. We also take a look at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals, and speak with finalist Pamela White about her love of recitation.
  • A Bethlehem High School student is among nine finalists in this year's national Poetry Out Loud competition. Pamela White spoke with WAMC's Jesse King ahead of the final on June 5 about the poems she's studied for the championship.
  • On this week’s 51%, we continue our series highlighting women in business. Holly Seidewand of First Fill Spirits in Saratoga Springs, New York teaches us the ins and outs of the whiskey industry, and shares her own journey of opening a small business.
  • On this week’s 51%, we bring you tales of resilience. Zain Asher of CNN International discusses her new book, Where the Children Take Us: How One Family Achieved the Unimaginable, and reflects on her mother’s strength as an immigrant and single mother in South London. Also, author Liisa Jorgensen shares the love story of Apollo 8 Commander Frank Borman and his wife, Susan.
  • On this week’s 51%, we discuss the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. WAMC’s Pat Bradley takes us to a protest at SUNY Plattsburgh. Former U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner offers her thoughts on the opinion. And Mount Holyoke College’s Cora Fernández Anderson shares how the decision might impact abortion rights movements in other countries.