Jenna Flanagan

Jenna first knew she was destined for a career in journalism after following the weekly reports of the Muppet News Flash as a child. In high school she wrote for her student newspaper and attended a journalism camp at SUNY New Paltz, her Hudson Valley hometown. Jenna then went on to study communications and journalism at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ where she earned her Bachelor of Arts.

In 1999, Jenna took her first job in the business as a Production Assistant for 1010WINS eventually working her way up to assistant editor. Working in a busy New York newsroom, she quickly learned what it takes to churn out a factual, engaging and newsworthy story on deadline.

From there she took her first on-air position at WBGO, Newark Public Radio and began a lifelong love of public broadcasting. After WBGO, Jenna spent 6 ½ years writing, reporting and producing All Things Considered for WNYC in New York City. Her work has also aired nationally on NPR.

Her television reports can be seen on WMHT's award-winning public affairs show, New York NOW, which airs on PBS stations statewide.

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Working families face several challenges to make ends meet, and one of them is the increasingly steep cost of child care.

Some parents say they absolutely have to return to work to keep their families afloat.

For low-income parents, that often means turning to government for help in paying for child care.


In January, we took you to the small, rural village of Hoosick Falls, which was grappling with elevated levels of the chemical perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, in the water supply.

In the months that followed, residents expressed confusion, frustration and even anger over the inconsistent communication between those affected and their state and local governments.

Resident Robert Allen said the issue of water safety goes well beyond his tiny village.  


Newburgh, New York, often makes national lists as one of the worst places to live, especially for young men. 

That’s why an alternative all-boys middle school partnered with Mohonk Preserve, part of the Shawangunk Mountains, just a few miles north in Gardiner. The students from the San Miguel Academy of Newburgh participate in a program aimed at teaching junior high school kids STEM skills using the natural environment.

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Every other month, the basement of the Clinton Avenue Methodist Church in Kingston becomes a restoration workshop.

The Repair Café came to the Hudson Valley four years ago by way of John Wackman, a local woodworker. Wackman helped set up six of the free workshops in different towns around the Hudson Valley. The Kingston Repair Café has been active for two years. 

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The number of homeless New Yorkers seems to be on the rise, so much so that a group of 51 millionaires recently petitioned the state government to raise their taxes permanently from 7.65 percent to nearly 10 percent to “invest in pathways out of poverty up the economic ladder for fellow citizens.”

Most of the funds and focus on homelessness is in New York City, where more than 100,000 people are without permanent shelter.

But what if you find yourself homeless in upstate New York? Lack of funds and resources can make access to services much harder.

However, one Ithaca-area man is trying to make a big impact on the homeless — one tiny house at a time.