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

map of the US with shading to show toxic pollution; NYS's Mid-Atlantic watershed is one of the worst
Environment New York Center

New York’s rivers and lakes are still a dumping ground for polluters…and some of the worst are here in Upstate New York.  That’s the assessment of the research group “Environment New York.”  Their new report “Wasting Our Waters” points at Anheuser-Busch in Baldwinsville for dumping 1.4  million pounds of toxic waste into the Oswego River in 2010. 

It also notes Eastman Kodak had the most discharges by toxicity with 12,000 pounds of toxic compounds released into the Genesee River. Environment New York Director Heather Leibowitz wants to see practices change.

taking the tarp off a wooden parks sign
John Smith / WAER News

It’s been a long time coming, but Heath Park in Syracuse now has another entrance.  SUNY Environmental College of Science and Forestry has officially given two acres of land that borders a residential neighborhood to the city parks department.  

front view of a large house
Home Builders and Remodelers of CNY

Those who visit this year’s parade of homes in Clay might walk away inspired by the smallest or largest concepts, according to one of the event organizers:

“We’ve had a great crowd so far, and the nice thing is when people leave, they’re so happy, they really have gotten ideas, whether it be something as simple as new cabinets and door pulls, or they’ve found a dream house that they like the floor plan and they’re planning to build. So it’s the simple things all the way to the big things. People have been really happy with these twelve homes.”

hand with a wristband stretched across it
John Smith / WAER News

A group of people in Onondaga County who work with older adults want to make sure they know how to protect themselves from scams and elder abuse.

Wednesday was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and Vera House estimates that 6,000 incidents in the County went unreported in 2013.

Vera House Spokesperson Jenny Hicks says Elder Abuse can take many different forms:

emily adamczak poster
American Heart Association

The American Heart Association of New York State is counting down the final days of the legislative session with 22 reasons the State Legislature should consider providing lifesaving training in schools.  They’re sharing daily stories of people who have been saved by CPR and others who weren’t as fortunate. 

One of those reasons is Emily Adamczak, who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at the age of 14, during soccer practice in her freshman year of high school. 

large black cylindrical freight train cars
dot.gov

Concerns surrounding rail car transport of flammable oils and gases have motivated Syracuse Common Councilor Jean Kessner to push for tighter regulations. This news comes after Senator Chuck Schumer's critique of a recent rail safety initiative, agreed to by the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Association of American Railroads on February 20, 2014. 

Hannah Warren / WAER News

The next time you’re passing by the New York State Fairgrounds on I-690 and you have some time to kill, think about stopping by the new Onondaga Lake Trail Extension.  Officials unveiled the 2.5 mile addition Sunday with an expo and a walk/run.   

The crowd gathering beside the Fairgrounds on Sunday morning was ready to move.  Everyone lined up beside the new trail entrance, which showcases panoramic views of Onondaga Lake, and it was off to the races. 

portrait of syverud
Stephen Sartori / SU Photo & Imaging

Syracuse University’s new Chancellor is ready to make some changes and stake out some positions after completing his first semester on the job.  WAER’s Chris Bolt reports Kent Syverud preaches transparency and is letting the public in on issues that affect campus and the local community. 

Miner Vetoes Tax Increase

May 14, 2014
mayor miner speaking at a podium
Scott Willis / WAER News

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner vetoed a small tax increase Wednesday that was approved  last week by Common Councilors. In her letter to the city clerk, Miner says her objection is based not only on the extra spending, but also on the process. 

She says the Council "sprung" a last minute tax increase on residents inside $6.8 million in budget amendments, with no public dialogue beforehand. 

In a release from Miner's office, she says:

Scott Willis / WAER News

The pizza crust or potato peel leftover from your meal at places like the OnCenter or Destiny USA restaurants ends up at a facility in Camillus that turns it into garden compost.  The Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency unveiled its Amboy food scrap composting facility on Thursday, which is  the largest in the state.  Spokesperson Kristin Lawton says haulers deliver the scraps, which enter a very specialized recycling process:

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