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 says

    It’s unfortunate that Paul Smith’s didn’t get chosen, the additional revenue would have been nice.
    Students for Change protests didn’t help Paul Smith’s College situation at all. Short sighted.

  2. jj says

    The Paul Smith’s College Students for Change apparently does not like change. The practical funding would help the struggling college stay afloat by sharing empty space with State Trooper Training.

    The State didn’t need the flak and moved on to a more welcoming venue.

    This is a opportunity lost.

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