Jason Smith

News Director

Like much of the staff at WRVO, Jason wears a lot of hats. As news director, Jason produces hourly newscasts, and helps direct local news coverage and special programming. He is also a producer and editor of the Campbell Conversations, one of WRVO's locally produced programs.

You also hear Jason as a co-host of WRVO's health and wellness show, "Take Care."

Jason came to WRVO in January of 2008 as a producer/reporter and has hosted Morning Edition since 2009. Before that, he spent two years as an anchor/reporter at WSYR Radio in Syracuse.

Originally from Central New York, Jason and his wife Michele live in Oswego with their daughter, Abby.

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The New York State Department of Transportation released a long awaited report Monday on the potential options to replace the I-81 viaduct in downtown Syracuse. The report called the community grid option, "the preferred alternative."

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In response to a state requirement, the city of Watertown will be placing a second courtroom in its City Hall. The Watertown City Council unanimously agreed to the decision last week after much debate with the state over what many council members and citizens say is an unfunded mandate.

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Updated at 12:30 p.m. Thursday

Syracuse police say Syracuse University men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed a man while driving on Interstate 690 East near Thompson Road late Wednesday. 

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Central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) is holding four town hall meetings to gather input on the Interstate 81 project on downtown Syracuse. The first meeting is this evening at 6 p.m. in the Community Room at Cayuga Community College in Auburn.

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Updated at 4:20 a.m.

Central and northern New York is getting hit with an Arctic blast that, combined with strong winds, is causing dangerously cold wind chills, along with lake effect snow that could add up to four feet in some spots around the North Country.

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Winter storm warnings are in effect for all of central and northern New York as a powerful winter storm moves into the northeast United States. Travel is expected to be treacherous late Saturday and Sunday as heavy snow will blanket the area, followed by dangerously cold temperatures Sunday and Monday. 

Some schools in New York state are struggling to find enough school psychologists, according to a report from the New York State School Boards Association. But even in districts that meet the minimum federal guidelines, administrators want more psychologists on staff.

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The Syracuse Catholic Diocese Monday released a list of priests with credible allegations of child sexual abuse against them, going back decades. The list contains the names of 57 priests, 38 of whom are deceased.

Brindisi/Tenney campaigns

The race for New York's 22nd Congressional District seat came to an end Wendesday, when Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) formally conceded to Democrat Anthony Brindisi. 

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Anthony Brindisi has an insurmountable lead over Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) and declared victory again Tuesday in the race for New York's 22nd Congressional District. 

Here is WRVO's morning newscast for November 7, 2018. This morning, we recap the midterm elections in several key Congressional districts around central and northern New York. 

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SUNY Upstate Medical University President Danielle Laraque-Arena will step down from her position at the end of the current semester in December, according to a news release from the State University of New York. 

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Rachel May has defeated longtime incumbent state Sen. Dave Valesky in a primary and will be the Democratic nominee in the race for the 53rd state Senate District in November. 

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A rare Thursday primary in New York means voter turnout will likely be low, but one official thinks it will still be higher than the last state primary in September 2014. 

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Gary Thibodeau, who had been serving 25 years to life in state prison for kidnapping Heidi Allen from a New Haven convenience store in 1994, has died at the age of 63. 

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President Donald Trump plans to make stops in the North Country and Mohawk Valley Monday, according to a number of reports. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Willsboro) announced Tuesday that Trump accepted her invitation to visit Fort Drum, and will hold a signing ceremony for the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2019. 

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Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is joining the race for governor, according to an announcement reported this morning in the New York Times. 

Democrats Dana Balter, and Juanita Perez Williams will face off in a June 26 primary, with the winner moving on to face Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) in November. The two share a number of things in common, but there are also differences between them. Those differences came out during a conversation with Grant Reeher for this week's edition of the Campbell Conversations. 

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The state's highest court ruled today that Gary Thibodeau should not get a new trial in the kidnapping case of Heidi Allen. Thibodeau was convicted of kidnapping Allen in 1994, and is currently serving a 25 years to life sentence. 

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The New York State Board of Elections ruled Thursday that congressional candidate Juanita Perez Williams has enough petition signatures to appear on the June primary ballot. That clears the way for a primary for the Democratic nomination in the 24th Congressional District between Perez Williams and Dana Balter, who was chosen by Democrats in Onondaga, Cayuga and Oswego counties. 

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Tuesday evening, SUNY Oswego will host a conversation on how the arts and entertainment industry can be more diverse and inclusive, and will feature documentary filmmaker Rita Coburn. The discussion is part of the college's 'Voices of Diversity' speaker series.

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Remsen native Erin Hamlin will carry the American flag during the opening ceremonies Friday at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

According to Team USA, Hamlin was chosen after a vote by other members of Team USA. 

“Being named to an Olympic Team is an amazing accomplishment, and making four teams and winning the bronze medal is so much more than I could I have imagined I would accomplish. Now being voted flag bearer is a whole new level,” Hamlin said in a statement.

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For the second time, former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has said she will not challenge Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) for his 24th Congressional District seat this fall. 

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The SUNY Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to revoke an honorary degree awarded to journalist Charlie Rose in 2014 by SUNY Oswego. 

Rose was fired by CBS in November after he was accused of sexual harassment and misconduct by several female colleagues. PBS also ended distribution of his television show. 

After the allegations surfaced, SUNY Oswego started the process to rescind the honorary doctor of humane letters degree it awarded him during his visit to campus in 2014. 

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Heavy lake effect snow is nothing new for people who live in Oswego County. But when that snow falls in the city of Oswego, things can grind to a halt. 

That's what happened Wednesday. 

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The House of Representatives passed sweeping legislation aimed at rewriting the nation's tax code Tuesday, by a vote of 227-203. 12 Republicans voted against the bill, five of them are from New York.

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Updated at 2:30p.m. Monday

The state Department of Transportation released a long-awaited study Monday on the feasibility of replacing the aging elevated section of I-81 that runs through downtown Syracuse with a tunnel or depressed highway. 

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Most of central and northern New York’s members of Congress voted for the Republican tax overhaul bill which passed the House of Representatives Thursday.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are once again warning that New Yorkers will be hurt if the Republican tax overhaul plan in Congress is approved.

Schumer, who is Senate Democratic Leader, says while the tax plan has changed from the original version, 71 percent of the deductions that now benefit state residents would be eliminated. The plan would end deductions for state and local income taxes, and cap the property tax deduction at $10,000 a year. 

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The tax plan unveiled by Republicans in the House of Representatives Thursday would disproportionately raise taxes on those living in Northeast states like New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Many lawmakers from the region, including Republicans, are against the plan.

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