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.

Ways to Connect

Last November, we took you to the small and rural village of Hoosick Falls, which was grappling with a report of contaminated water after elevated levels of the chemical perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA was detected in the water supply.

Newburgh, NY 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 Mountain range just a few miles north in Gardiner, to participate in a program aimed at teaching junior high school students STEM skills using the natural environment.

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Saying the proposed pipelines are all one system, just like the nations rivers or even our arteries, activists from across the northeast gathered on the east steps of New York’s State Capitol to protest the expansion of natural gas pipelines. The environmental rally in Albany, demanded Governor Cuomo not sign the 401 water quality certificate currently sitting on his desk. It would allow the Constitution Pipeline to be built.

Fed up with the seeming inaction of their local and state government, or in this case the adults, the students of Hoosick Falls High School held an emergency meeting to demand that Governor Cuomo help them find a reliable safe source of drinking water, that did not come in a plastic bottle.

Throughout the first half of the 20th century, African-Americans began moving out of the south to cities in northern states like New York in search of a better life, a period known as the Great Migration.

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