About James Odato

In a career rooted in watchdog reporting, Explorer editor James M. Odato has been cited as one of New York’s top journalists covering state government, gambling, and abuse and waste of public money. He has written thousands of articles, his byline has appeared in numerous national publications and his investigative stories have spurred reforms. As a staff reporter for five daily newspapers, including the Albany Times Union and Buffalo News, Odato has received more than 30 awards from the Associated Press, New York Publishers Association, the New York Legislative Correspondents Association and other media organizations. In 2007, Investigative Reporters and Editors recognized his reporting with the Freedom of Information Award Medal. In October 2021, the University of Massachusetts Press released his book, This Brain Had a Mouth, Lucy Gwin and the Voice of Disability Nation.

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  1. TooFarGone says

    Almost 3 years later and DEC still can’t manage to reopen Gulf Brook Road back to the Boreas Ponds. The road is only partially open and the gate is still locked about 3.5 miles from the ponds. Apparently DEC has no intention to reopen the road. Maybe Theodore Galusha should take a drive and cut some locks off there. No good reason why public access should be denied. DEC has no shame.

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