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. Richard Gonyea says

    You got to be kidding me this is the Men And Women in Uniform and Non Uniform Officers Training Twice a year why to Protect the Residents Of NY State ,To Protect our Schools , To Protect our Tourist , To Protect everyone that walks ,runs ,drives, sleeps boats ,flys ex… thru NYS and you all are crying because they are training to save lives maybe even your life get real it’s only for a couple hours a day what has gone wrong with this state is there something in the water is there something in the air because people are loosing humanity ,,respect , Law Enforcement is here to help us so a little noise big deal it’s a couple of hours the birds will Sing again and the tourist will still fill your bank accounts so relax ,because if and when you need them ,you will be calling the same Men and Women of State Police for help so hopefully it’s something they will not need to there tool to save your life which is there firearm because they did not get training in to be effective, God Help this State and Country and watch over our Law Enforcement for people don’t know what they are doing

    • Boreas says


      It is easy to make these statements AFTER learning about the incidents. The point that you seem to have conveniently overlooked in your rush to judgment is that these people had no idea it was going to take place! Terrorism is a real thing. Mass shootings are a real thing. People suffering with PTSD are ubiquitous. Giving people fair warning BEFORE these events are going to take place would make sense, don’t you agree? Telling people to relax AFTER the fact is pretty lame.

  2. Christopher Santa says

    Excellent Article and Journalism. Imagine that, a reporter who investigates. Go figure. I wasn’t even aware of this resource; it will become my new source for local news. Thanks.

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