Scott Willis

Host, Reporter, Producer

I’ve always been enamored with the intimacy of radio.  It’s so personal.  It forces you to listen…and listen only.  No visual distractions.  I grew up listening to mostly top 40 radio in Detroit, with no shortage of entertaining DJ’s.  As a teenager, I discovered the area’s all news station.  I loved knowing what was going on, and the intensity with which they told stories.  I often wondered what it would be like to be the first to know what was happening, and then tell others.  Maybe that’s why I pursued a career in news. 

I would go on to serve as an intern at that all-news station, and it was amazing and maybe a little overwhelming to see what it took to put out a constant stream of news.  But something was missing.  It wasn’t until after I graduated from college that I actually discovered Detroit’s public radio station at my alma mater.  What a difference!  You had time to write and tell engaging, meaningful stories, to be creative, all without the pressure to constantly crank out the news.  Quality over quantity.  That’s when I knew public radio was for me.  I was hooked.

I would hone my skills on and off for almost three years at WDET as an intern under the tutelage of a patient Assistant News Director. I produced daily stories for newscasts, but also was given the privilege of producing long-form features on topics that interested me, and that people knew very little about.  Now THAT was cool.  Right up my alley.  What budding reporter could ask for more?

I landed here in Syracuse in June 2001.  Today, I’ve come full circle, and now teach the craft to more than a dozen student reporters per week.  We work hard to choose informative stories, find the most engaging sound, and edit copy for clarity and accuracy. 

Outside of work, I spend time with my wife and little boy.  We like to take walks, travel, and read.  When I can, I’ll hop on my bike for a quick ride.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the honor and privilege of bringing WAER’s dedicated and generous listeners the news of the day during All Things Considered.  Thanks for listening.

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ONONDAGA LAKE CLEAN-UP
7:11 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

New State Fair Exhibit to Tell the Story of Onondaga Lake

State Agriculture Commissioner Darryl Aubertine speaks at a news conference announcing the Onondaga Lake exhibit at the New York State Fair.
Credit Christian Bersani/WAER News

The story of Onondaga Lake including all of its blemishes will be on display for visitors to this year’s New York State Fair.  A new three-thousand square foot exhibit in the Center of Progress building will chronicle the lake’s past as the ancestral grounds of the Onondaga people to its ongoing recovery from decades of industrial and municipal pollution.   SUNY E-S-F President Neil Murphy says the space will allow visitors an interactive, hands-on experience.

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OCC'S NEW PRESIDENT
4:02 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

OCC Welcomes New President

New Onondaga Community College President Casey Craybill
Credit sunyocc.edu

New Onondaga Community College President Casey Crabill went undercover to explore how students felt about the institution.  She scoped out the school as a prospective student to see what she would be getting into.

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NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY
11:50 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

What's Your HIV Status?

Public Health officials and others are urging Central New Yorkers to learn their HIV status so they can get treated and avoid infecting others.  But it's an uphill battle...the Centers for Disease Control estimates one out of five people nationwide living with HIV is unaware of their status.  John Wikiera with the CNY HIV Care Network tells us why it's not so easy to get people tested.

Onondaga County Health Commissioner Doctor Cynthia Morrow tells us why "normalizing" HIV might remove the psychological barriers to getting tested.

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HEALTH CARE
11:22 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Upstate Unveils Emergency Department for Seniors

Credit Christian Bersani, WAER News

The future of medical care for senior citizens in Central New York took a big step in the right direction  today as staff and patients  gathered to officially open the area’s first geriatric emergency department at Upstate’s Community Campus.  Emergency Medicine Director Jamie Ciaccio will help lead the new eight bed  unit called Gem Care that will offer geriatric-specific equipment and emergency care to those 65 and older.  With state of the art technology, Ciaccio says Gem Care’s staff members will work as a team to encourage quick and efficient discharges.

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FARMER'S MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM
2:42 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Program Provides Nutritious Food While Supporting Farmers

One of many healthy options at the CNY Regional Market
Credit cnyrma.com

Farmers and low-income families in Central New York continue to benefit from a program aimed at encouraging people to buy fresh, local produce.  New York State recently received its largest-in-the-nation allocation of 3.4 million dollars for the Farmer's Market Nutrition Program.  In this two part series, we examine the nutritional and economic impacts of the program. 


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