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. George L says

    If this is an acquisition, and not a merger, what is Fed Cap paying to acquire Paul Smith’s College, and who or what is receiving that payment?

    Keep in mind that in addition to being a college with faculty, staff, and students, Paul Smith’s owns many acres of land and numerous buildings on a developed campus by the shore of a beautiful and sought-after lake. All of this has great value.

  2. Jared S. says

    I’m curious why there hasn’t been any talk about SUNY’s College of Environmental Science (ESF) partnering with Paul Smiths College. ESF has a landlocked campus in downtown Syracuse. This would be a natural partnership; students could study at both campuses, and Paul Smiths would have the resources to stabilize the campus.

  3. James Miller says

    Sounds like Fedcap is positioning itself to acquire that large tract of land, should Paul Smith’s College close, which is a real possibility.

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