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. Nancy Keet says

    Housing in Tupper Lake while getting rid of the eyesore of OWD is such a win for Tupper Lake. The area has such potential situated near the water and with large areas for recreation

  2. JoeD says

    Tear down that smokestack!! It is easily the biggest eyesore in the Adirondacks. The sooner it’s gone the faster Tupper Lake can recover from its outdated manufacturing past.

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