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. Vanessa says

    Great article! All due respect to Mr. Engelmann, but I don’t think you can do Zoom video conferencing on 6 MB, especially if more than one person is using the line in a house. My husband and I can both use video conferencing on around 40 MB or so, but I’m not necessarily clocking it all the time so maybe we have less speed sometimes.

    Having a completely remote business requires video conferencing, imo, and therefore broadband to the tune of at least 25 MB should be the low bar. Charter Communications seems super sketchy! Glad that people are getting refunds.

  2. Boreas says

    Charter is better than nothing, but it still stinks. No competition. I intend to drop my TV service soon. No choice with internet in my area.

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