Before joining NHPR in August 2014, Jack was a freelance writer and radio reporter. His work aired on NPR, BBC, Marketplace and 99% Invisible, and he wrote for the Christian Science Monitor and Northern Woodlands.

Before working in public radio, Jack worked as an environmental educator in just about every state in New England, most recently at the Harris Center in Hancock.

Jack comes from a rowdy family of Italians who wave their hands in the air while talking, and he competed for attention as a child by telling the loudest story. 

Organization Uses Federal Grant to Help Syracuse Refugees Find Jobs

Dec 11, 2014
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The Somali Bantu Community Association has received a $450,000 Federal grant to support self-sufficiency and provide employment services to the Somali Bantus, as well as other refugees in the Syracuse area. Self-sufficiency is a top priority for the association, which works to assist the refugees along their path toward becoming United States citizens. 

Haji Adan, Executive Director of the association, says the group’s mission is to facilitate a successful transition to American life.

  A multi-year investigation into a Syracuse adult care facility has culminated in a settlement with the state Attorney General’s office over concerns there wasn't enough or proper care for the elderly residents.    Chief Assistant Attorney General for Medicaid fraud control Paul Mahoney says the Inn at Menorah Park on East Genesee Street was operating as an independent living and assisted living facility without the proper cert

Mark Bialczak

The halls of Nottingham High School were hopping Saturday afternoon.

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  Hundreds of national companies are supporting stronger federal regulations regarding greenhouse gases.  One of those is Syracuse power provider National Grid, which is looking for more action on climate change. 

Group Partners With Local Officials to Urge NY to Rebuild Infrastructure

Dec 9, 2014
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Local elected officials are lobbying for a significant proportion of the State's $5 billion surplus  to go towards crumbling infrastructure in Central New York.  Mayor Stephanie Miner, along with others, are working with the coalition Rebuild NY Now to improve aging roads, bridges, and water and sewer lines across the state. Miner says the challenge for local leaders is to build a lasting solution that revolutionizes the older model.

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New York’s Attorney General is seeking broader powers to investigate when a police officer ends up killing an unarmed civilian.    Eric Schneiderman had plenty of support when he asked for the governor to act.

National Weather Service Binghamton

Central New Yorkers who have their shovels and snowblowers on standby know that green lawns don’t last forever in December.  The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a Winter Storm Warning Tuesday morning at 10 AM through Thursday Morning at 7 AM including Syracuse and Onondaga County.  Warning Coordination Meteorologist Dave Nicosia says the developing coastal storm will be centered off the New Jersey Coast.

The shooting struggles continued for Syracuse, but this time the Orange didn't wait until the final minute for a offensive meltdown.

Against Michigan, it was a pair of turnovers in the last 20 seconds that derailed the team's chance of upsetting the No. 17 Wolverines.

Against St. John's, the game hinged on the last five minutes and 34 seconds, a brutal stretch when the Orange only managed one field goal.

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