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!  

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Hannah Warren/WAER News

  Just down the road from our studio is a historic sculpture garden that used to be a hangout for the city’s elite. It just may not be the kind of public park you’d normally imagine.

In the early eighteen hundreds, Oakwood Cemetery – which is now just off Comstock Avenue – was where the wealthy gathered for leisure time and picnics.

students stand with their backs to the camera listening to an entrepreneur speak
Scott Willis / WAER News

About 20 Syracuse high school students got a taste this week of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur – including all the risks and rewards of owning their own business.  It’s the first-ever “Hillside Hatchery” training program under, the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection.  Thursday, the students got a tour of the Syracuse Technology Garden, where many start-ups bloom and grow.  

Isaiah Spann will be a senior at Corcoran High School.  He says the program has provided a solid foundation for him:  “It’s a good first step for people to learn about entrepreneurship at a young age, so they gave us this opportunity to speak to these entrepreneurs to learn what we can do with business.”

 Lisa Berardi is Director of Operations at Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection. She says, “Graduation is our goal. We’re not looking to just graduate students, but we’re looking to build them, and their skills and their abilities to have successful experiences after high school. For some of them, that means college, for some that might mean a trade school, for some of them they’re not looking to continue their education, they’re looking to start working right away. 

samuel glenny
Onondaga County Sheriff's Dept.

Three people were arrested and charged Wednesday night when a month-long investigation resulted in the discovery of a methamphetamine lab in Cicero, New York. Renee Fatta, Gerald Reome, and Samuel Glenny were arrested when a search warrant was executed at 5637 Bear Road, where they ran a clandestine laboratory.

wall with SALT makerspace decal, surrounding by saws and wood working equipment
John Smith / WAER News

Tucked away in the Delavan Art Center are a couple of workshop areas for those who want to create something out of handcrafted wood, metal designs or 3D design and modeling.  Aspiring woodcrafters or high-tech sculptors can learn it all from instructors - all in one place developed by a Syracuse University Alum. 

It’s called the SALT Makerspace on the Near West Side, which stands for Syracuse Arts Learning and Technology. Mike Giannattasio, the founder and organizer of the space, says it all began with a dream:

two men stand at a podium in front of a brick building
John Smith / WAER News

The US Agriculture Secretary visited the Town of Sullivan in Bridgeport Wednesday to unveil a $10 billion equity program that will provide low-cost loans for rural areas with infrastructure projects on their wish list.

Hannah Warren/WAER News

About 100 horses and their owners turned out this weekend for the Lorenzo Driving Competition.  The annual Cazenovia event features horses and carriages that are judged.  The event also shows off the grounds of the Lorenzo State Historic Site.  The Lorenzo House was reopened after renovations.  It was the 38th year of the competition.

group of people in a circular table arrangement with a speaker standing in the middle
Sarah Brechbill / WAER News

A few dozen Syracuse-area residents gathered today to talk about climate change at a community roundtable today hosted by EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck.  

She opened the discussion with some staggering statistics, noting that this past May was the hottest May in over 130 years of recorded temperature records.  Enck said that fossil fuel power plants - those that burn coal, oil, and gas - produce about 40% of all greenhouse gas pollution. The EPA has a history of regulating other air pollutants, and now it's planing to address the greenhouse gas pollution problem.

side view of a house with boarded windows and a flier posted to one window board with Syracuse Landbank logo
Scott Willis / WAER News

The Greater Syracuse Land Bank is hoping to deal with its most blighted properties in a more sustainable way by having them deconstructed and recycled instead of demolished and sent to a landfill. The first round of bids includes three houses for deconstruction, and organizers are hoping that the pilot program will grow and result in a boost for jobs and job training opportunities in Onondaga County. Interested contractors attended an information session Thursday, and were able to inspect any of the three homes up for bid.

Onondaga County

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney unveiled preliminary plans Wendesday for a $100 million revitalization of the west shore of Onondaga Lake.  It was the first and possibly only public meeting on the massive project, which was first announced in late January with a visit from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. 

governor shaking hands with bystanders at the pride parade
governor.ny.gov

Central New York health agencies are praising Governor Cuomo’s efforts to put an end to the AIDS epidemic in New York State. Governor Cuomo announced his plan on Sunday, the same day as New York City’s PRIDE Parade. Cuomo’s goal is to reduce the number of HIV infections to 750 cases a year by the year 2020.

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