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. John Randorf says

    Thank you for this wonderful tribute to a wonderful man that I simply knew as “Uncle Gar”. A cherished member of our family, the only sibling of my father and one of the kindest and most thoughtful souls I know. He will be sorely missed by all that knew him, especially me. We are so proud of our dear Gary and his lifetime of dedication to the Adirondacks. He leaves his life’s work in good hands!

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