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. Janice says

    What about the broadband initiative that was supposed to bring broadband to the homes on Lincoln Pond? That was supposed to happen first to by Fall, 2018, then we were told by Spring 2019. Then we were told by August-September 2019. Then it was Spring thru June of 2020. Here we are, winter of 2020 and still no internet. With no answers from anyone.

  2. Worth Gretter says

    Thank goodness someone is holding Spectrum’s feet to the fire. The company should take all the money they waste on mailers to me, and apply it to connecting people in the North Country.

  3. Joan Grabe says

    Years ago, Dave Wolff of Saranac Lake and chairman of a small advocacy group, AdkAction, proposed a study of the vast internet desert that existed within the Park. Today AdkAction is a major engine for change and innovation within the Park and Dave Wolff is still at it. What he suspected years ago, that Charter was not living up to the terms of it’s operating agreement, was and is, more than conjecture. We now know it is true. There should be some sort of award out there to honor Dave for his dogged determination. We may soon have enhanced broadband coverage within the park so that students can learn at home in virtual classrooms during the pandemic, people can work from a home here in the Adirondacks as an area resident or a summer resident lucky enough to have that sort of job, and we can all enjoy better connections with the rest of the state, nation and world.

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