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.

Reader Interactions


  1. Linda Cohen says

    I didn’t know I was reading the Adirondack Enquirer. Do we have to fear you coming to report on our private lives now? Why not report on the people who are actually hurting the park, like logging, energy and crypto fiends? Or the hunters who exterminate the few animals that are left… Can honest people who pay taxes and live here be left alone? Sometimes I see really great reporting on this magazine but sometimes there are stories like this that just demoralzie me.

  2. Ray Letterman says

    I don’t share Ms. Cohen’s concern. Yes, we need the reports that she requests but we also need articles like this one on how the APA Board is making the critical decisions that protect and preserve the Park. A ruling on an a building variance is not a trivial matter and if no one is watching and reporting who knows what will happen.

  3. Joan Grabe says

    It was very interesting to read the arguments expressed by the APA over this boat house variance as, years ago, we asked the Town of Santa Clara for a variance to build a new bigger boat house in lieu of a grandfathered boat house.The existing boat house was bigger than the allowed footage at that time. Michael Bird successfully argued our case and only one member was not in favor of our proposal and he told us later that he could not face his constituents if he had voted in favor. Oddly enough, at that date, we could have legally built several boat houses along the shore line which would have looked awful in our opinion.
    When asking for a variance it is no longer a personal matter but it becomes a community
    matter and we wanted to be part of the community. The APA and the various town boards read the regulations and respond to the arguments – local government working as it should.

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