Valerie Crowder

Reporter

Valerie studies Newspaper Online Journalism at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.  She began reporting for WAER in 2008.  Two years later, she started helping produce the afternoon state and local newscasts.  Then, her passion for radio led her to report and anchor local news for KBEC 1390-AM in Waxahachie, TX from 2011 – 2012.  After returning to WAER, she jumped right back in as assistant producer and weekend reporter.  Now, she’s primarily interested in multimedia journalism, telling stories through print, photography and audio for the web.  But you can still hear her this fall, as Friday’s host for All Things Considered.  She enjoys the beautiful scenery around Syracuse.  And she loves serving Central New Yorkers! 

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http://www.upstate.edu/poison/news/heroin-data.php / Upstate Medical University

  Experts say heroin use is still rising in Central New York and they don’t expect the problem to improve any time soon. Local police officers have recently saved several people from overdoses by administering an antidote called Naloxone, known as Narcan. Two weeks after police saved a Cicero teen’s life, he died of another overdose. Crouse hospital’s Mark Raymond who works at the heroin treatment center says the problem stems from a rise in prescription opioids, which often lead to heroin use.

Ben Miller, WAER News

As part of Vera House’s 21st annual White Ribbon Campaign, about 200 people tied white ribbons around poles in downtown Syracuse on Friday to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault.

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John Smith, WAER News

The Syracuse Police Department receives one of its most diverse groups of incoming officers. 

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The newly proposed Federal Aviation Administration’s regulations for small commercial drones won’t significantly affect the mission of Central New York drone developers.  

Valerie Crowder, WAER News

For Tom Uva, helping others is the best way to show gratefulness on Thanksgiving. For the last two years, he and his daughter Jenna, 12, have volunteered with about 250 others at the Syracuse Rescue Mission, serving a hot, holiday meal to hungry families.

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Focus Greater Syracuse is looking to the community for ideas on improving housing in order to keep aging baby boomers in the area.

“We need their money.  We’ve been talking for a long time in Central New York about keeping our younger population, which is a huge challenge.  We need to keep our older population, if for no other reason, selfishly, they are the wealthiest part of our population.  We need their money,” says Realtor Don Radke

Scott Willis / WAER News

Just when Central New Yorkers thought winter was over, it appears the flu season is also sticking around.  It's almost a repeat of last year – where one virus predominates the season, peters out and another strain replaces it, say Onondaga County health officials.   County Medical Director Quoc Nguyen says the H1N1 virus has faded, but influenza type B has been trending up during the past week. 

Chenelle Terry, WAER News

Central New York prospective college students and their parents filled Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena Tuesday for the Syracuse National College Fair.  More than 200 college representatives from across the country were on hand to help students jump start their paths to a higher education.  

Valerie Crowder, WAER News

Around 300 students packed the cafeteria at Syracuse’s Ed Smith K-8 School on Friday to hear two African-American public leaders share their paths to success.  

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