Monday, March 30, 2020

NCPR’s Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann heads to NPR

After 21 years of pioneering work as North Country Public Radio’s first Adirondack bureau chief, Brian Mann has been recruited to a new position at NPR. He’ll work first to help the network cover the COVID-19 crisis and will then serve as the network’s first full-time correspondent focused on addiction-related issues.

“This is obviously a heartbreaking, challenging moment,” Mann said.  “I look forward to helping NPR tell stories that really help people.”

Mann won’t be leaving the North Country. He will continue to work from his home in the Adirondack Park.

Brian Mann

“Brian will continue to play an active role in NCPR’s newsroom and his stories will be heard regularly on our airwaves,” said NCPR News Director David Sommerstein.  “We’re proud of Brian’s chance to help with national coverage in this difficult time and glad he’ll remain a critical part of our North Country world going forward.”

As quickly as possible following the current public health crisis, Mann will pivot to cover the science, policy and human impact of addiction, building on his work over the last two years.

Brian Mann paddles Opalescent River (Almanack file photo).

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8 Responses

  1. Boreasfisher says:

    Hearty congratulations Brian…I look forward to following your excellent work at NPR. Paddle on!

  2. The Almanack wishes Brian the best and we thank him for his dedication to the Adirondack region!

    • John Warren says:

      Nice, too bad the Almanack and its Albany owners couldn’t be bothered to wish the guy who founded the Almanack well when you drove him from his own publication.

      Not one mention of my name. Not one thank you, not one well wish.

      You should be ashamed of yourselves.

      • Boreas says:


        Your readers appreciate(d) you. It is all too common for employers/owners to take their staff for granted. Yes, they should be ashamed.

      • Balian the Cat says:


        I can’t imagine how hard it must be, but try to let it go. It will rot away your insides. Those that matter care and those that don’t care don’t matter.

        Thanks again

      • Bill Ott says:

        Where do you hang out? I now you can find my e-mail.

  3. Alan Jones says:

    We have appreciate Brian’s coverage for many years, both for NCPR and NPR. Keep up the quality reporting, Brian.

  4. Nicholas Rose says:

    A tribute to the professionalism and quality of Brian’s work. This recognition is totally well deserved and earned, Best wishes and Mazeltov

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