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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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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Medical Technology
1:45 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Computerized Dummy Brings Auburn Medical Classroom to Life

Auburn Community Hospital clinical staff roll Pat onto his side after the simulator starts gagging during a training session on Monday, July 30, 2013.
Credit Valerie Crowder, WAER News

Patrick Richards, “Pat,” couldn’t stop coughing, just as two nurses at Auburn Community Hospital rushed into his room.  An abnormal heartbeat sent the 50-year-old man to ACH’s emergency department Monday afternoon, where he later had a stroke and a heart attack.  He almost died, but two nurses and a respiratory therapist revived him through CPR and electric therapy.

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Social Justice
10:21 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

Syracuse's "Justice for Trayvon" Vigil Attracts More Than 100 Activists

Activists against gun violence listen to speakers outside the James M. Hanley Federal Building in Syracuse, NY on Saturday, July 20, 2013.
Valerie Crowder, WAER News

The George Zimmerman verdict has sparked a local conversation about disproportionate jury representation, racial disparities in school suspensions and gang-related gun violence.  

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Gay Rights
7:52 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

CNY Pride Event Attracts Thousands to Syracuse's Inner Harbor

Hundreds of gay rights supporters watch live song-and-dance routines along the shores of Onondaga Lake at the annual CNY Pride Festival on Saturday, June 15, 2013.
Valerie Crowder, WAER News

A colorful family of gay rights supporters celebrated love, openness and equality on Saturday, June 15, along Syracuse’s Inner Harbor .  The CNY Pride Parade and Festival attracted church groups, businesses, community organizations and hundreds of families and individuals. 

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Drone protest
9:10 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Dozens of arrests at large protest against unmanned, armed drones at Syracuse's Hancock Field

Protestors line Thompson Road Sunday, April 28th.

About 250 anti-war protestors from across New York and several other states rallied at Hancock Air National Guard base Sunday to protest the military’s use of armed drones.  The demonstrators wore long, black robes, carried fake coffins, and held pictures of innocent victims of drone strikes as they solemnly walked along Thompson Road to the base’s gates.  They tapped drums and chanted “arrest the war criminals.” 

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