About Gwendolyn Craig

Gwen is an award-winning journalist covering environmental policy for the Explorer since January 2020. She also takes photos and videos for the Explorer's magazine and website. She is a current member of the Legislative Correspondents Association of New York. Gwen has worked at various news outlets since 2015. Prior to moving to upstate New York, she worked for a D.C. Metro-area public relations firm, producing digital content for clients including the World Health Organization, the Low Income Investment Fund and Rights and Resources Initiative. She has a master's degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She has bachelor's degrees in English and journalism, with a concentration in ecology and evolutionary biology, from the University of Connecticut. Gwen is also a part-time figure skating coach. Contact her at (518) 524-2902 or gwen@adirondackexplorer.org. Sign up for Gwen’s newsletter here.

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  1. Lawrence says

    Let’s hope this time around the person who is hired is indigenous. I would love to see an article written in detail about exactly what this initiative to make the ADK more diverse entails. And let’s be honesty, when we talk about people of color and diversity we need to not just focus on the African American population but all people of color.
    How will this new person deal with all of the new crime that is now showing up in the ADK and the breakins at our trail heads. It used to be the case that we felt very safe that our cars wouldn’t be broken in to and we would find very little trash on our trails. With the push to bring downstate people into the great outdoors, we have been matched with higher crime and more trash and disrespect of our trails. There’s not enough parking at our trail heads for us locals now so address the push for more people to come and how the parking will be dealt with. Other states have no issues with creating parking but the ADK wants more people here but refuses to create more parking.
    There should also be an annual review of this new person that outlines exactly what their work is accomplishing, how it is accomplishing it and the environmental impact on bringing more people here.
    It’s always interesting to hear white people are the blame for everything. Do these people that are not “represented” in the ADK told they can’t come here? Of course not. We all make choices, just like I don’t choose to go into NYC with all the crime.

  2. Jeffrey L Weaver says

    To reach your goals you could try bussing like in the sixties, or maybe a public sponsored high rise housing in Old Forge.

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