About Gwendolyn Craig

Gwen is an award-winning journalist covering environmental policy for the Explorer since January 2020. She also takes photos and videos for the Explorer's magazine and website. She is a current member of the Legislative Correspondents Association of New York. Gwen has worked at various news outlets since 2015. Prior to moving to upstate New York, she worked for a D.C. Metro-area public relations firm, producing digital content for clients including the World Health Organization, the Low Income Investment Fund and Rights and Resources Initiative. She has a master's degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She has bachelor's degrees in English and journalism, with a concentration in ecology and evolutionary biology, from the University of Connecticut. Gwen is also a part-time figure skating coach. Contact her at (518) 524-2902 or gwen@adirondackexplorer.org. Sign up for Gwen’s newsletter here.

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  1. Tom Paine says

    The names and the faces change, but the Albany line is always the same. Parade only certain “public interest groups” in front of these legislative dog and pony media shows to fit their narrative and agenda. Meanwhile, other Park user groups are marginalized and sent to the back of the bus.

  2. louis curth says

    The comments of retired forest ranger Scott van Laer, found in Gwendolyn Craig’s companion piece of 2/2/22 about ranger staffing are spot-on. Scott righty concludes; “Add more rangers to adequately distribute the emergency work load and better protect the park and its users.”

    Let’s all hope that the Hochul administration will take Scott’s words of wisdom – and his experience – under advisement and make the improvements being called for from so many well informed sources.

    Modernizing the ranger force now is needed in order to prepare for multiple difficult challenges that lie ahead, and that need must not be postponed.

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