Hannah Warren

Reporter/Editor

Hannah vividly remembers pulling up in the driveway with her mom as a child and sitting in the car as it idled with the radio on, listening to Ira Glass finish his thought on This American Life. When he reached a transition, it was a wild race out of the car and into the house to flip on the story again and keep listening.  Hannah’s love of radio reporting has stuck with her ever since. 

Hannah works full-time at Syracuse University, but spends evenings and weekends producing stories for the web at WAER and reporting on local news and events. Her bachelor’s degree is in magazine journalism from SU, and so is most of her journalism experience. She’s so glad she stayed in beautiful CNY to work in radio and develop her skills at WAER. She hopes to produce content that makes people pause in their cars and listen to the very end.

When she’s not on campus or at the radio station, Hannah is either reading the newest bestselling novel, searching for new indie rock and alternative music, reading up on new e-publishing deals and the latest new apps, or biking in area parks. She could also be trying her very best to play the guitar - any tips there would be greatly appreciated!  

Ways To Connect

A view inside an industrial-looking room, with purple pipes, an orange pump, and large metal water tanks
John Smith / WAER News

As the Carrier Dome’s roof protects Orange fans from the elements, now the rain run-off streaming down the Dome’s roof will be collected into two 25,000-gallon bulk storage tanks. The water captured will be chlorinated and then used to flush toilets in eight of the Dome’s restroom facilities. There will be about 8,000 gallons available for use throughout the facility, stored in an indoor room by the concourse. Environmental Facilities Corporation President and CEO Matt Driscoll says it’s a sign of the times: 

purple logo with hands reaching, holding a sign saying ACT AWARE, HIV
worldaidsday.org

Monday was World Aids Day, a nation-wide effort to re-ignite awareness of a dangerous disease that's claimed 35 million lives since 1983.  Health experts here in Central New York are still working with patients to fight the pandemic. According to Doctor Elizabeth Reddy, Medical Director for the Designated Aids Center Clinic at Upstate University Hospital, “the general public has this idea that HIV is a thing of the past, or perhaps it’s just something that’s going on abroad and it’s not in my community.” 

a snow-covered sidewalk with footprints marking how many people have struggled to walk along the path
Scott Willis / WAER News

Another attempt to fine Syracuse property owners who don’t clear the snow from their sidewalks has failed in the Common Council.  The vote was 7 to 2 against beefing up a snow removal ordinance to include a warning, followed by a $50 fine for those who don’t comply.  

The measure would have applied only to primary routes and those near schools, and might have included some discretion for the elderly or those with disabilities.  Councilor Bob Dougherty understands the concern, and had hoped to work with community and school groups to arrange volunteers to help:

students sit working on laptops
syr.edu

With the year coming to a close, college application deadlines are nearing and Central New York’s high school seniors are starting to apply. The New York State Higher Education Services Program is promoting College Application Week.

Assistant Director for Grants and Scholarship Programs Jennifer Dwire says the focus of the program is helping students who may be the first in their family to go beyond a high school diploma:

Dredging of Onondaga Lake Concludes One Year Ahead of Schedule

Nov 3, 2014
elected officials gather around a podium at the Onondaga Lake shore to announce that dredging of the lake has finished ahead of schedule
John Smith / WAER News

Politicians and scientists from around Central New York gathered Monday to mark a major milestone in the restoration of Onondaga Lake. Honeywell, which has been overseeing the lake’s restoration, announced that the dredging of the lake has been completed one year ahead of schedule. 

This comes after decades of concern regarding contamination levels in the lake. SUNY-ESF president Doctor Quentin Wheeler put the importance of the newly dredged lake in perspective: 

 

Vice President Joe Biden Speaks at Syracuse Rally for Dan Maffei

Oct 20, 2014
joe biden speaks at a podium in a large, dark room with Congressman Maffei behind him
Chris Bolt / WAER News

Vice President Joe Biden says the country has made a remarkable recovery so far, but the middle class is still struggling. He spoke today at a rally for Dan Maffei at Hancock International Airport, and said he believes some basic American middle class rights are gone as a result of poor political choices made by congress.

sharon talking with mayor miner
John Sharon For State Assembly

Republican John Sharon is hoping the third time’s the charm in his bid to represent the 128th assembly district.  He’s trying to unseat incumbent Democrat Sam Roberts in a district that traditionally favors democrats.  Even though voters have elected Roberts twice, Sharon says it’s clear that Roberts isn’t known to many constituents…“As I campaigned then and now, I would do an informal poll and ask ‘Do you know who your Assemblyman is now?’ and the unofficial answer is nobody knows who it is. That tells me that there’s an opportunity. If I can get my message out there, get my name out there, I have a very good chance of winning.”

two men stand under a white tent and talk with a female customer over a table displaying earns of corn
Hannah Warren / WAER News

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York has issued a challenge for the month of September: eat as locally and organically as possible to support businesses and sustainable farming in your community. The “Locavore Challenge” involves everything from shopping for local and thoughtfully-grown produce at the market to experimenting with various preservation methods like freezing, canning and fermentation. 

The Regional Farmers Market is the first stop in a series where we document some of the local farms, businesses, and ideas that are shaping the locavore landscape in Central New York.

three men in a conference with microphones
Scott Willis / WAER News

The Syracuse community could soon provide more oversight of the Onondaga County Justice Center under a local law introduced Monday to county lawmakers.  

Legislature Chair Ryan McMahon presented a draft of the measure at a public safety committee meeting, framing it as a way to increase communication between local organizations, and also act as another check and balance to avoid making costly mistakes…

McMahon said Monday that the community has been advocating for a measure like this one for three decades, and that it’s time to “bring a sense of confidence to the community,” while addressing any additional concerns different parties and law enforcement may have along the way.  
Onondaga County Sheriff's Office

An escapee from the Hillbrook Juvenile Detention Center was returned to police custody on Monday afternoon.

Detectives said 15-year-old Dennis Rice climbed over a fence from inside the Detention Center's recreation area around 5 PM Sunday. The search resumed early Monday morning with several units, including some from the New York/New Jersey Fugitive Task Force.

Rice had been placed at Hillbrook on a pending felony charge. Onondaga County Sheriff PIO John Seeber explained that a fugitive search means the Sheriff's Office had little choice but to release a photo and description of Rice, to make finding him possible:

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