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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F.O.C.U.S. Forum
4:16 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Housing in CNY Might Not Meet Needs of Aging Baby Boomers

Lake Sumter Landing in Florida is an example of one kind of communtiy designed to cater to aging baby boomers
Credit FOCUSSyracuse.org

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

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FLU SEASON
11:06 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Flu Virus Lingers...in a Milder Form

Interim County Health Commissioner Michelle Mignano, left, and County Medical Director Quoc Nguyen.
Credit 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. 

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College Fair
5:34 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

CNY Prospective College Students Learn About Post-Grad Opportunities at OCC

Simmons College Admission Counselor Erika Howe speaks to a student at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena, as part of the Syracuse National College Fair on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Credit 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.  

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African-American Panel Discussion
6:50 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Black History Month Is a Time for Learning

Cammie Nash, a seventh-grader at Ed Smith K-8 School in Syracuse, NY, asks district Superintendent Sharon Contreras a question about reaching success at the school's Black History Month panel on Friday, Jan. 7, 2014.
Credit 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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Local Authors
12:29 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Everyone Has a Story to Share at Syracuse’s Downtown Writer’s Center

Georgia Popoff teaches language poetry to students at Syracuse's Downtown Writer's Center on Thursday, August 1, 2013.
Credit Valerie Crowder, WAER News

Summer school isn’t just for K-12 and university students. 

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