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. Robert Hodge says

    Several years ago when Syracuse University held meetings with actual staff at Minnowbrook, I had the mixed pleasure of swimming in Blue Mountain Lake. Mixed because the clarity was incredible! And the water temp. for swimming so comfortable.
    But the reason for the clarity- acid rain.
    Likely I’ll never swim there again, but darned glad the acid rain catastrophe is reversing itself.
    It should never be permitted to go back to acid conditions ever again!
    Keep up the good work getting away from fossil fuels!

  2. Mick Finn says

    President Trump’s policies are working!
    I did some of the original water sampling in 1980, so it’s about time an administration made some changes!

  3. thomas h prevost says

    Great to see the major reduction in mineral acids in our waterways. But, have any studies done to determine the effects of organic acids from decomposing vegetation in the duff? We no longer have the periodic forest fires that reduced this effect.

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