NCPR Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann to cover Gulf oil spill for NPR

NCPR put out this press release earlier today (see below).  This means I’ll be taking a couple of weeks off from blogging on the In Box beginning on Saturday.

David, Jonathan, Martha, and Lucy will keep the conversation rolling.

Canton, NY, Tuesday, June 01, 2010— North Country Public Radio Adirondack Bureau Chief Brian Mann will be traveling to the Gulf Coast as part of National Public Radio’s oil spill coverage team.

“We’re not surprised that NPR has tapped Brian to help with coverage of this major story,” said Station Manager Ellen Rocco. “We’re proud to ‘loan’ him to NPR as public radio invests in deepening coverage of this major story.”

Mann, who began his career covering the Alaskan oil industry and the Exxon Valdez spill, will spend two weeks reporting for NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

His assignment begins June 6th.

“I spent several years writing about the impact of a major oil spill on coastal communities that rely on the ocean for their livelihoods,” Mann said. “Sadly, the situation in the Gulf region looks very similar to what I witnessed in Prince William Sound in 1989.”

After coming to NCPR in 1999, Mann produced an award-winning radio documentary about the potential and risks of oil and gas development in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Mann will be stationed initially in New Orleans, LA. During his absence, Adirondack coverage will be provided in a partnership with Adirondack Daily Enterprise Reporter Chris Knight and the assistance of WNBZ radio.

Mann lives in Saranac Lake with his wife Susan and son Nicholas. His stories and team reporting with North Country Public Radio have earned him several national Edward R. Murrow Awards.

14 Comments on “NCPR Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann to cover Gulf oil spill for NPR”

  1. mervel says:

    Congratulations!

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  2. hermit thrush says:

    congrats brian!

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  3. Hank Hofmann says:

    Yes, Brian, congratulations. We look forward to hearing reporting from the Gulf region by a familiar voice.

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  4. Nathan Brown says:

    Congratulations Brian.

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  5. Bret4207 says:

    Good for you Brian, make us proud!

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  6. BRFvolpe says:

    Congratulations, Brian. I look forward to your straightforward reporting, and insightful analyses from the Gulf.

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  7. newt says:

    At last! We get a break from Brian’s blogging! :-)

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  8. anon says:

    Brian, here’s a great resource if you haven’t come across it already:
    http://theoildrum.com/

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  9. Ellen Rocco says:

    To all of Brian’s blog followers:
    I received a nice message today from NPR, thanking us for allowing Brian to join the team covering the oil spill in the Gulf…and for distributing a press release on Brian’s imminent participation in that effort. For NCPR, it was a no-brainer: we have a topnotch reporter who can certainly add to the work being done by NPR for the American public. This is a big story. It needs all the resources we can muster to cover it. Go get ’em, Brian!

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  10. scratchy says:

    Congratulations!

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  11. jill vaughan says:

    this is SO up Brian’s alley! congrats.

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  12. If Clapton is God, Warren Haynes is Jesus says:

    Congratulations, Brian, and well deserved. Safe travels and I look forward to hearing your coverage on All things Considered and Morning Edition…..

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  13. rosalyn smith says:

    When the whole country gets used to hearing Brian’s insightful, thoughtful, and well crafted reports (not to mention his great voice), I hope npr doesn’t pluck him from ncpr full time. We are so fortunate to be able to call him ours. (a summer resident with north country roots)

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  14. Jim Britell says:

    Brian is one of the best news reporters ever, anywhere. His coverage of the spill will likely make him famous. Alas, he has outgrown us as much as everyone tried to delay the inevitable.

    We were fortunate to have him as long as we did.

    So good luck and please tell us what really happened down there and why the corrupt (and even apparently depraved) MMS continued on with business as usual after Obama’s election, as if the election never happened.

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