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.

Reader Interactions


  1. Tom Paine says

    Perhaps the NYSDEC has discovered that they have illegally taken another roadway to satisfy the wishes of the NYS Environmental lobby. One wonders how many town and county roads have been illegally confiscated by NYS in the Park to satisfy one user group? The tip of a real big iceberg.

  2. JAMES P KATA says

    Tree hugging self righteous individuals trying to take away as much responsible recreation as they see fit.. another big brother..

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