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. Vince Carter says

    Another failure by Jim Monty. Instead of him criticizing everybody and everything and making wild claims it’s time for him to step down and a new supervisor take over.

  2. Paul Laurence says

    S&B Industrial Minerals was an honorable company, and the Management and support staff that supported and worked for the land swap were also honorable people. Alas S&B was 1/10th the size of IMERYS and was swallowed up by the larger organization. Within 9 months the Americas Region Corporate offices in Berwyn, PA. was abandoned and all of the staff (for the most part) were terminated.

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