Felix Contreras is a reporter and producer for NPR's Arts Desk specializing in coverage of jazz, world music, and Latino arts and culture. He is also the co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR's new web based program about Latin Alternative music.

As a producer and reporter for the NPR's Arts desk, Contreras has covered arts and technology issues; reported a series of stories on the financial challenges facing aging jazz musicians; and recently profiled a legendary Mexican singer for the "50 Great Voices" series. He once stood on the stage of the legendary jazz club The Village Vanguard after interviewing the club's owner and swears he felt the spirits of Coltrane and Monk walking through the room.

College Graduates
8:43 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Fresh off Graduation, students can start planning student loan repayment

Cornell University's Sunday graduation among the last of local colleges.
Credit cornell.edu

Many college graduates across Central New York facing the reality of finding a job are also preparing to start making payments on student loans. 


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Ailsa Chang is a Congressional reporter on NPR's Washington Desk.

Since joining NPR in September 2012, Chang has covered the first major gun control legislation to reach Capitol Hill in two decades, recovery efforts after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy and a multitude of law enforcement issues, including reforms by the overstretched and underfunded police department in Camden, NJ.

Chang spent six years as a lawyer before becoming a journalist. Prior to coming to NPR, Chang was an investigative reporter at NPR member station WNYC from 2009 to 2012 in New York City where she covered criminal justice and other legal issues.

David Aquila ("Quil") Lawrence is an award-winning correspondent for NPR News, covering the millions of Americans who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as they transition to life back at home.

Previously, Lawrence served as NPR's Bureau Chief in Kabul. He joined NPR in 2009 as Baghdad Bureau Chief – capping off ten years of reporting in Iraq and all the bordering countries. That experience made the foundation for his first book Invisible Nation: How the Kurds' Quest for Statehood is Shaping Iraq and the Middle East, published in 2008.

Veterans' Services
9:18 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Memorial Day Focus, Former US Army Soldier helping colleagues to a better life here in Syracuse

One take on Memorial Day: CNY Veterans helping other veterans.

One veteran this Memorial Day is sharing his experiences trying to help other Vets get stable housing, medical care or other help. 


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SU Lacrosse
1:11 pm
Sun May 26, 2013

SU Lacrosse Advances to Title Game

Syracuse celebrates after its final defensive stop in the Final Four en route to the National Championship Game.
Credit © CitrusTV Sports, 2013

Despite trailing for the seemingly the entire game, the top-seeded Syracuse lacrosse team came back from behind to defeat #4 Denver 9-8 in the Final Four to advance to its 17th National Championship game in school history. The Orange now takes on seventh-seeded Duke on Memorial Day Monday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia at 1 PM.

 Derek Maltz scored the game winning goal with 19.2 seconds left to seal it for the 'Cuse. Malt's goal capped a furious rally that saw the Orange tally five of the game's last six goals to overcome a 7-4 deficit entering the fourth quarter.

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I was born in New York City and raised outside of Detroit.  I graduated from Michigan State University in 2007 with an Honor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism and then took a reporting job in southern Illinois.   I worked there for about five months before taking over as the News and Sports Director at two stations in central Minnesota.  After two-and-a-half years in the frigid cold, I accepted the position at WBAA in June of 2010.  I have really enjoyed my time working in the West Lafayette area.    I love being out in the community covering a wide range of events from school board and city council meetings to elections and football and basketball games.

Sonari Glinton is a NPR Business Desk reporter based at our NPR West bureau. He covers the auto industry, consumer goods and consumer behavior, as well as marketing and advertising.

In this position, which he has held since late 2010, Glinton has tackled big stories including GM's road back to profitability and Toyota's continuing struggles. Glinton has traveled throughout the Midwest covering important stories such as the tornado in Joplin, Missouri, and the 2012 presidential race. He has also covered the U.S. Senate and House for NPR.

Gay Scouts ok'd
3:24 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Local Scouting Council supported lifting gay ban, gay advocates not entirely supportive

Boy Scouts vote to allow openly gay youth to join troops
Credit Indianasnewscenter.com

The leader of a center for gay youth and those questioning their sexuality is reacting to the Boy Scouts of America vote to include openly gay scouts.   It’s being seen as a positive step – but a
tepid one. 

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