Jessica Bloustein Marshall

Producer, Listen With The Lights On

Jessica Bloustein Marshall is a Capital Region native with a diverse background in multimedia news reporting and production. After earning a Masters degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University, she served as the Capital District Bureau Chief for WAMC, followed by stints at Newsweek and Time, Inc, MTV News, Mental Floss and Backstage.

She’s also a decorated competitive figure skater, writer, choral singer and mom.

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(AP) Work is beginning on a new pedestrian bridge over the Mohawk River in Amsterdam.

When complete, the $16.5 million Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook bridge will connect the city's southern neighborhoods and the Erie Canalway Trail with the city's downtown north of the river.

  Two of the largest employee unions in New York’s Oneida County have endorsed U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna in the upcoming Republican primary on June 24, in the race for the 22nd Congressional District. 

Hanna faces state Assembly Member Claudia Tenney of New Hartford in the primary.

The Rome Lab and U.S. Defense Finance and Accounting Service employees are backing the incumbent Hanna, saying he helped protect jobs as deep cuts hit Defense Department spending. The two unions represent roughly 750 employees on the former Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome.


The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: New York’s Lieutenant Governor announces he’s not running for re-election, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the newly contested race for state comptroller, and we’ll take a look at the first round of heroin antidote drug kits distributed around the state. Jessica Bloustein Marshall hosts.

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  The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: Taxes are shaping up to be on the of the top issues in the 2014 legislative session, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his political predictions for the new year, and we’ll take you to a farm in the Southern Tier with bacteria-resistant Christmas trees.


  The city of Albany has FIOS-envy.

"When you think about the opportunity that is presented by FIOS, by this phenomenal product that’s been developed by Verizon," Albany Mayor-Elect Kathy Sheehan says. "And you look at where Albany is at this point in history, we are really poised to be an ideal place for Verizon to make this investment."

  On Sunday, November 10, comic book and pop culture fans from around the region will gather at Albany Comic Con, now in its 6th year. WAMC’s Jessica Bloustein Marshall recently spoke with the man behind the con, show-runner John Belskis, who also owns Excellent Adventures Comics in Ballston Spa. 

For more information and tickets to Albany Comic Con, visit its website

It’s weird to say that it has been a year since Superstorm Sandy hit. It doesn’t feel like it has been a year. Twelve months have indeed gone by, but the memory is still fresh.

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University at Albany sophomore Jamie Zeno isn’t sure his absentee ballot was counted in last year’s presidential election. He’s from the Upstate New York County of Chenango, between Binghamton and Utica.

Shirley Ann Jackson

For women today, the opportunities to achieve success is a career in science, technology, engineering and math—or STEM—are undoubtedly greater than they were decades ago. But recent studies and events show American women still face more hurdles and challenges than their male counterparts today. And recently, a Brown University Professor called attention to an alarming lack of Wikipedia entries for influential female scientists. WAMC’s Jessica Bloustein Marshall spoke to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson about women in STEM careers.

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  I don’t know much about video games. I’m not much for playing them. But I nodded my head as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute sophomore Jon Ota described to me the video game he and his fellow classmates created.

I’m seriously impressed by Ota’s game, called Hangeki. It was designed and developed from scratch as part of his studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Games and Simulations Arts and Sciences program, and Ota’s team was showing it off to me before RPI’s annual Entrepreneur of the Year awards ceremony.

Ahh, Albany, New York. The seat of state government. A center of burgeoning nanotechnology research.  And an icon of the fashion world.


Albany? One of the best-dressed small cities in America? That’s the word according to a new survey by the nationwide real estate company Movoto, which ranked Albany No. 7, alongside the couture-conscious small cities of Santa Monica, California, Boca Raton, Florida, and Evanston, Illinois.

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  Corey Ellis’s Central Avenue headquarters were relatively quiet Tuesday night as election returns came in. Volunteers worked diligently, despite polls predicting an inevitable loss. They called polls all over the city, practically whispering, as President Obama’s address played on a television in the background.

There was a palpable disappointment in the air when Ellis’s opponent, City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan, declared victory from across town. But as soon as Ellis arrived at his HQ after calling Sheehan to concede, the mood lightened.

Babies are game-changers. When you have one, your home is no longer a crash pad. It’s a nest. When I delivered my first child seven months ago, I was living in a smallish two-bedroom apartment in Queens. In the months leading up to my daughter’s birth, we spent days meticulously acquiring and setting up baby gear. We decorated, baby-proofed and organized. I spent hours researching new parent groups, parent-baby classes, the best neighborhood parks and baby-friendly restaurants in our neighborhood.


There’s a mournful tune playing this week in the Capital Region’s musical community. David Griggs-Janower, who died Sunday from complications of a stroke, was the face of choral music in the region for decades.