Jenna Flanagan

Innovation Trail Reporter - WMHT

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, in her Hudson Valley hometown. She then went on to study communications and journalism at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree.

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 Jenna 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, New York Public Radio. Her work has also aired nationally on NPR.

Jenna is thrilled to join WMHT as a multimedia journalist, contributing to television, radio, and digital reports to the Innovation Trail.

In her spare time Jenna also writes a blog about the Hudson Valley, www.outoftowntownie.com.

Jenna interviewing in the Finger Lakes.
Jenna interviewing in the Finger Lakes.

Ways To Connect

Senator Charles Schumer
Jenna Flanagan / New York NOW

They call it ‘SWATTING.’

That’s when an anonymous individual calls in a false emergency to the police creating a costly and unnecessary response to nothing. These ‘ghost’ attacks are increasing and Senator Chuck Schumer is introducing federal legislation to stop it.

protestors marching with banner
Jenna Flanagan / New York NOW

 

With the 2014/15 legislative session coming to a close, state lawmakers, who’ve been ‘distracted’ by corruption scandals, still have some major pieces of legislation to tend to.

On that docket are the state’s rent control laws. They mostly affect New Yorkers in the 5 boroughs and nearby counties but the decision to renew, alter or even repeal them is a point of contention in Albany.

Jenna Flanagan / Innovation Trail

 

Wanna know what crops local farmers are producing? There’s an app for that or at least there will be one soon. Senator Chuck Schumer announced federal funding for Greene County food distributor, Field Goods to integrate technology into their business model.

Donna Williams’ company Field Goods connects many of the Capital Regions and Hudson Valley farms with a larger diverse consumer base, but it can be tricky.

Springtime is finally upon us again and as people head back outside to enjoy the outdoors they increase their chances of getting bit by a tick.

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