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 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).