Bret Jaspers

Managing Editor

Originally from Rochester, radio has brought Bret back to picturesque upstate New York. He's reported for NPRWYPR News and WYPR's The Signal. Past production work was with WNYC’s On the MediaThe Brian Lehrer Show and Soundcheck. He won a First Place Associated Press Association award in the Best Use of Sound category for upstate New York stations for his story on hospitality students in the Southern Tier. That story also received a PRNDI award. He also received an AP Special Mention as part of the team that produced WSKG's series The First Five.

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An expansion of industrial hemp farming was one of Governor Cuomo’s proposals Wednesday at his regional State of the State address in Syracuse. 

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Broome County Executive Jason Garnar today officially called the area’s opioid epidemic a “public health emergency.” 

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New York's colleges are concerned about retaining students. 

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Susan Rahn's doctors first discovered cancer in her back a few years ago. They traced its to her breast, and she's now at Stage 4 - a terminal diagnosis. Rahn changes her medication every three months to fight the pain.

"The pain is going to at some point get substantially worse as the cancer progresses," Rahn said. "Because it's eventually going to get into a vital organs: my lungs or my liver or my brain."

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A wastewater treatment plant in Endicott can continue to take in leachate from landfills in Broome and Seneca Counties. 

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The New York Times’ investigation into racial bias in New York’s prisons has led Governor Cuomo to order his own investigation. But that could be long and costly.

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Tioga Downs opened today as a full Las Vegas-style casino, complete with 33 table games and a poker room.


Governor Cuomo has vetoed a bill that would have given farmers a tax credit for giving food to food banks. 

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The clash over Broome County’s budget continued on Tuesday. Incoming County Executive Jason Garnar said the legislature is making risky changes that could hurt the fiscal health of the County. 

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Conversations about war are difficult if one person has served in the military, and the other one hasn’t. The Vet Center in Binghamton held a “town hall” event on Friday, so vets could share their experiences unfiltered.