Lucas Willard

Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief/Weekend Host

Lucas Willard graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. He also attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in 2010, where he studied audio and multimedia storytelling.  Prior to joining WAMC in 2011, Lucas worked with the Sound and Story Project of the Hudson Valley, the Big Shed Audio Documentary Podcast, the Albany Broadcasting Company, WDVL & WCVF-FM Fredonia, and WSUC-FM Cortland.  

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Kristina Johnson
State University of New York

SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson delivered her annual State of the University System address on Thursday. As WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports, Johnson outlined her vision as SUNY approaches its 75th anniversary.

Johnstown Mayor Vern Jackson
City of Johnstown

Johnstown Mayor Vern Jackson is focused on bringing business into the Fulton County city. Economic development is a central part of his 2020 vision as outlined in his State of the City address this week. Jackson, a Republican elected as mayor in 2016, told WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard about a recent business symposium that showed a growing interest among entrepreneurs looking to Johnstown.

A glass of water

An environmental group believes the class of toxic chemicals at the center of contamination crises in communities like Hoosick Falls and Newburgh can likely be detected in all major water supplies in the United States.

Morning workouts at Saratoga Race Course on July 11th, 2019
Lucas Willard / WAMC

With the industry under intense scrutiny, an anti-doping bill for horse racing is advancing in Washington.

New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are accusing the federal government of excluding the state from a $20 billion fund to expand rural broadband.

Vince DeSantis
Lucas Willard / WAMC

In November, Vincent DeSantis was elected to complete the remainder of former mayor Dayton King’s four-year term.

Robert Lawton/Wikimedia Commons

Members of upstate New York’s congressional delegation are urging the White House to release aid to individuals affected by the Halloween storms that caused widespread flooding and wind damage.

Lake George, NY
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Lake George Park Commission has released a report on its 2019 Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program.

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback provides the forecast for Sunday, January 19th.

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback delivers the forecast for Saturday, January 18th.

Marc Porter
City of Gloversville

The Chief of the Gloversville Police Department announced his upcoming retirement this week.

Matt Simpson and Claudia Braymer
Matt Simpson/Friends of Claudia Braymer

Two candidates have launched campaigns for New York’s 114th Assembly District, which includes all of Warren and Essex Counties, and portions of Saratoga and Washington Counties.

A prescribed burn at the Albany Pine Bush
Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve is known for its rare habitat and – as many Capital Region residents can attest – fire. Its more than 3,300 acres are maintained by prescribed burns.

The Sherman's property in Caroga, New York
Ian Pickus / WAMC

After years of debate, the historic Sherman’s amusement park on the shores of Caroga Lake in Fulton County is now officially in the hands of the Caroga Arts Collective. For the past several years the group known for its summer music series has been a growing presence in town. Sherman’s has remained mostly shuttered for years.

A wooden memorial dedicated to the victims of the deadly October limousine crash in Schoharie
Lucas Willard / WAMC

New York state legislative leaders have reached an agreement with Governor Andrew Cuomo on a package of bills aimed at improving limousine safety.

Real estate prices in Saratoga Springs, New York have soared over the last several years. The cost of a one-bedroom apartment alone has jumped 78 percent since 2014.


After a New York judge ruled that the Cuomo Administration’s ban on flavored vape products overstepped its authority, advocates will lobby the state legislature to pass a bill to prevent sales of flavored tobacco products.

Claudia Braymer
Friends of Claudia Braymer

A Warren County supervisor will launch her campaign for the New York State Assembly this week.

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback delivers the Regional Midday Weather Summary for January 11th, 2020.

Joe Seeman in costume protesting in Glens Falls in 2014
Lucas Willard / WAMC

A well-known progressive activist is running for a New York State Assembly seat in Schenectady and Saratoga counties.

Lake George, NY
Lucas Willard / WAMC

An aging wastewater treatment plant in the Village of Lake George is in need of major upgrades. Now the project has gotten a boost thanks to state funding announced as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State agenda.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Democratic Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan gave an optimistic State of the Town address this morning.

Officials meet in Glenville for the annual meeting of the BHBL-BPA
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Leaders of four Capital Region communities met this morning to discuss ongoing projects and to look ahead into 2020.

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback provides the Regional Midday Weather Summary for Sunday, January 5th, 2020.

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback delivers the Regional Midday Weather Summary for Saturday, January 4th, 2020.

Troy's new city council
Lucas Willard / WAMC

A new Troy City Council met for the first time last night for its organizational meeting.

The Office of the Public Defender for Albany County says a man charged with manslaughter in a strangulation and slashing death -- and who was recently released from jail -- will be connected with “the services and treatment that he needs.” 

Lucas Willard / WAMC

On January 1st, Republican Robin Dalton was sworn in as the Public Safety Commissioner of Saratoga Springs.

Citizen Action of New York

Sweeping criminal justice reforms are now in effect in New York. Changes to the state’s pre-trial laws were passed as part of the state budget last year, and include the elimination of cash bail for dozens of offenses and new discovery laws.

Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo says it was likely a meteor entering the atmosphere that caused an explosion seen and heard across several communities Sunday night.