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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. 

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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.

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A new exhibit at the Albany Center Gallery celebrates the life and work of the late Schenectady artist Duane Todman, who was fatally shot this spring.

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Seven Capital Region theatre troupes will come together Tuesday night in a collective response to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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The Albany City School District Board of Education is launching a committee to change the name of Philip J. Schuyler Academy, in light of renewed focus on the major general’s ownership of slaves in the late 1700s.

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Two Democrats vying for a shot at New York’s 121st District Assembly seat squared off in a recent debate on Zoom before Tuesday’s primary.

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Citing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, organizers of the annual Boilermaker in Utica, New York have canceled the race for the first time in its 43-year history. 

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After Sunday’s “Rally for Black Lives” drew roughly 11,000 demonstrators to Troy, organizers with the group Justice for Dahmeek are calling on the city to make sweeping changes to bring about racial justice. 

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Thousands marched in Troy Sunday to protest police brutality. Despite some tension, the day remained peaceful. WAMC’s Jesse King was there.

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As Massachusetts slowly reopens from the coronavirus pandemic, Hancock Shaker Village kicked off its 60th season Thursday with a phased reopening of its own. WAMC’s Jesse King stopped by for a preview.

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Over the weekend, thousands of protesters took to Albany’s streets to protest police brutality. While the larger demonstrations have been peaceful, a string of lootings Saturday night left dozens of city businesses boarding up their windows and picking up the pieces. WAMC’s Jesse King checked in with store owners on Central Avenue.

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A play with ties to the Hudson Valley that opened to packed crowds this winter will come back via Zoom Thursday night to keep interest alive.

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The CARES Act passed by Congress in March effectively postponed federal student loan payments through September in light of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic — but some borrowers say their credit scores have taken a hit as a result. 

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Every year, the Carey Institute for Global Good in rural Albany County hosts journalists from around the globe through its Logan Nonfiction Program. Its latest residences wrapped just as the coronavirus pandemic took hold. WAMC’s Jesse King stopped by the campus in Rensselaerville, New York to speak with author Craig Nelson.

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Recent sightings of the so-called “murder hornet” on the West Coast have triggered fears that the menacing insect could gain ground in the U.S. But as WAMC’s Jesse King found out, the hornets are a ways away from the Capital Region.

Every year, the Carey Institute for Global Good in rural Albany County hosts journalists from around the globe through its Logan Nonfiction Program. Its latest residencies wrapped just as the coronavirus pandemic took hold, with fellows researching subjects ranging from the U.S. prison system to World War II. WAMC’s Jesse King stopped by the campus in Rensselaerville, New York to speak with reporter Rachel Riederer.

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New funding is available for local history museums and organizations in New York that are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Colleges and universities were some of the first to close because of the coronavirus pandemic. To comply with social distancing guidelines, campuses moved online for the rest of the spring semester. Many students headed for spring break and never came back — except to move out. With the initial shock of the pandemic waning, students and administrators are now focused on how to move forward. 

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Every year, the Carey Institute for Global Good in rural Albany County serves as a refuge for journalists and documentarians from around the globe through its Logan Nonfiction Program. Its latest residencies wrapped in March, just before the pandemic took hold. WAMC’s Jesse King stopped by the campus in Rensselaerville, New York to speak with filmaker Zara Katz and investigative reporter Lisa Riordan Seville about their upcoming documentary, "Women on the Outside." 

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Tennis is out. So are basketball, baseball and just about all other team activities. While many people are picking up running to keep busy amid the coronavirus pandemic, you’ll have to wait to hit the pavement competitively. Like many other major races, the 43rd annual Boilermaker in Utica, New York has been postponed.

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The coronavirus pandemic will have many faithful in the Capital Region worshiping from home this month. Adhering to social distancing guidelines limiting gatherings of more than 10 people, many churches, synagogues, and mosques have shuttered their doors ahead of their biggest religious holidays.

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Every year, the Carey Institute for Global Good in rural Albany County serves as a refuge for noteworthy writers, journalists, and documentarians from around the globe. The Institute’s Logan Nonfiction Program recently wrapped its first 10-week session of 2020 fellows. 

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The coronavirus pandemic has essentially shut down everyday life for many in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered the closure of or restricted the operations of schools, restaurants, bars, gyms, and movie theatres across the state – forcing Capital Region residents and businesses alike to get creative in order to stay active.

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The Albany Institute of History and Art is set to reopen at limited capacity Saturday. While visitors must wear masks and are encouraged to buy tickets ahead of time online, the museum boasts a lineup of new features and old favorites. Before the coronavirus pandemic took hold in March, WAMC’s Jesse King toured a new exhibit telling the story of Capital Region women throughout history.

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Guilderland Town Supervisor Peter Barber was “cautiously optimistic” as he delivered his State of the Town address this morning. 

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The Preservation League of New York State has released its biennial “Seven to Save” list highlighting the most at-risk historic sites statewide. As WAMC’s Jesse King reports, this year’s designations include a Hudson Valley lighthouse, the Barge Canal System, and more.

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The longtime Swiss theatre troupe Mummenschanz brings its masks and props to Proctors in Schenectady tonight. WAMC’s Jesse King sat down with the co-founder and Artistic Director for a preview.

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