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.