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. Sue Klein says

    If “asylum seekers” arrive anywhere in the states, without visas, work permits, citizenship, etc how are they permitted to work? Everyone in the North Country needs transportation to work, shop,
    Worship etc. Who will provide transportation? Many North Country residents already work multiple jobs to survive. How will this effect them?

  2. Joan Grabe says

    People seeking asylum are not looking for an Adirondack vacation. They are looking for a permanent location and a job. Unfortunately the Adirondacks have neither so their arrival would create problems that the towns and counties, lacking resources, could not adequately solve. In other years churches would provide sanctuary to these unfortunate souls but they are not the flourishing institutions they once were. Asylum seekers flock to or are sent to big cities where they have relatives or others who come from their towns or villages. New York City has been inundated with asylum seekers who, like it or not, will remain here in the US for the foreseeable future. The federal and state governments have not been responsive to the increased pressures on NYC and now the surrounding counties are throwing up fire walls to “protect” their communities. From individuals and families who have fled their native countries for a better life. It should be a shared mission to protect and harbor these people and not a moat and drawbridge scenario which politics has created by demonizing border crossers.

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