Jesse King | WAMC

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. 

Toni Morrison Chair
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A new exhibit celebrates the life of Toni Morrison with a focus on the late novelist’s work as a University at Albany professor in the 1980s. 

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Special Olympics New York is bringing its State Fall Games back to Glens Falls this October after a five-year absence.

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New York’s history is largely defined by its waterways. But what about its future? The New York Power Authority recently authorized a $300 million plan to “reimagine” the state’s canals. While it primarily focuses on the Erie Canal, some of the state’s other waterways are receiving small makeovers this winter. WAMC’s Jesse King stopped along the Champlain Canal for an inside look at a lock pumpout.

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Students at the University at Albany have an on-campus medical center for the first time in over a decade. As WAMC’s Jesse King reports, the new Health & Counseling Services Center is now open.

A nonprofit coding school in Albany, New York has received a grant from Facebook to extend its programs across the state. 

Morning Headlines With Melissa Mangini

Jan 17, 2020

WAMC's Jesse King speaks with Melissa Mangini, editor-in-chief of the Albany Business Review, about reports that Stewart's Shops plans to spend $70 million on expansions this year, with new shops coming to the Capital Region. 

Dove & Hudson
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A Center Square landmark in Albany has gotten a new lease on life. Dove & Hudson bookstore is now under new ownership. 

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A new community solar farm in Saratoga County is now up and running.

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New York State Police and local law enforcement are stepping up patrols and traffic stops to crack down on impaired driving this holiday season. 

Maple Avenue Middle School
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In one Saratoga Springs classroom, an ancient art is meeting new media. WAMC’s Jesse King reports on poetry and podcasting at Maple Avenue Middle School.

Empire Skate Plaza
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A longtime tradition at Albany’s Empire State Plaza is open for the season ahead of New York’s holiday tree lighting on Sunday. WAMC’s Jesse King stopped by while the state Office of General Services placed the finishing touches on the plaza ice rink. 

A lone rider waits for a bus as a snow plow passes by along Albany's Central Avenue.
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A snow emergency begins Tuesday night in the city of Albany. 

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Law enforcement officials, local district attorneys and state lawmakers are among those trying to stop criminal justice reforms due to take effect in the new year. Now, Republican New York State Senator Jim Tedisco and Democratic Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara have introduced a bill seeking to amend upcoming bail reforms.

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The Capital District YMCA plans to open a new health and wellness center in Albany’s growing Park South neighborhood in February. 

Green Tech High
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At one Capital Region high school, students can add fades, tape-ups and crew cuts to reading, writing and arithmetic. 

(Airs 11/10 @ 6 p.m. & 11/11 @ 3 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock; Times Union Editor Rex Smith; Judy Patrick, former editor of the Daily Gazette and vice president for editorial development for the New York Press Association; and journalist Jim Heaney, former Buffalo news reporter and current editor and executive director of Investigative Post. On this week’s episode, Alan, Rex, Judy and Jim discuss the failures of the Freedom of Information Law, and consider whether going nonprofit can save daily newspapers.

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A recently filed lawsuit against retired Bishop Howard Hubbard alleges the former head of the Albany Diocese helped cover up the abuse of a 16-year-old boy decades ago. The Diocese denies the allegations.

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A family in Altamont, New York has loaned a powered parachute used in the 1999 James Bond film “The World Is Not Enough” to the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.

St Rose
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The College of Saint Rose in Albany has opened its new Women’s Leadership Institute. 

Tom Reale
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There has been a shakeup in the race for mayor of Troy just one week before Election Day. 

Historic Cherry Hill
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In May 1827, a member of Albany’s elite was killed in his family’s Georgian mansion at Cherry Hill. The murder of John Whipple resulted in two sensational trials steeped in the issues of their time, and the last public hanging in Albany history. Historic Cherry Hill continues to mark the macabre anniversary, as WAMC’s Jesse King found out.

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The University at Albany is teaming up with Capital Region BOCES to bring a new weather forecasting tool to school districts.

Shirley Ann Jackson

The 18th president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is celebrating 20 years at the helm of the university. Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson became the first woman to lead RPI in 1999 — and the first African-American woman to lead a top-ranked research school nationwide, period. Her tenure has included groundbreaking research and some campus controversy. WAMC’s Jesse King sat down with Jackson for a rare interview.

Albany maintains a Vacant Building Registry and questionable buildings that have been deemed unsafe are marked with a red X.
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Three Capital Region cities are testing security devices to deter break-ins at vacant buildings.


A new scorecard says Massachusetts, Vermont, and New York are among the most energy efficient states in the country.

Troy Mural
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A new 80-foot downtown mural is celebrating Troy’s long history.

Coliseum Drive
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In a busy area for Capital Region traffic, Colonie officials have opened a new connector road between Routes 9 and 9R.

Celebrating an anonymous $15 million donation it received over the winter, Albany Law School recently unveiled a new sign for its Justice Center. 

A new report finds 8 percent of bridges in New York’s Capital Region are structurally deficient. 

Colonie Library
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After a year of renovations, the public library in Colonie, New York has a new entrance. Officials gathered to cut the ribbon at The William K. Sanford Town Library on Monday.