Catherine Loper

Director of Regional News Content, WRVO Public Media

Catherine comes to WRVO Public Media following a 20-year career as broadcast reporter, senior producer, newsroom manager, and, most recently, Director of News for the Washington Bureau of the Fox News Channel. From 2007 to 2010 she was Director of White House Coverage for the network. She has held similar positions at Canadian Television Network, ABC NewsOne and APTN.

Loper had a M.A. in Public Affairs Reporting from University of Illinois at Springfield and a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and History from University of Southern California.

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11:41am

Wed July 9, 2014
Regional Coverage

Tornado with winds at least 110 mph hit Smithfield

An aerial view of the damage in Smithfield
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

The National Weather Service officially declared that it was a tornado that struck the town of Smithfield in Madison County, killing four people, destroying four homes and severely damaging three others.

Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley announced that the victims include Kimberly Hillard, 35; her four-month-old baby, Paris Newman; Virginia Warner, 70; and Arnie A.D. Allen, 53.

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6:01am

Fri June 13, 2014
Health

Creating healthy habits for children

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Everyone from doctors to educators to first lady Michelle Obama seems to be concerned about the nutrition and physical activity children in this country are getting. A recent WRVO community health forum asked a panel of regional experts about what is being done and what should be done to improve the diet and fitness of the children in central and northern New York.

A startling statistic captures why there is such concern across the country about childhood obesity rates.

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3:19pm

Thu June 12, 2014
Politics

Cuomo says medical marijuana bill isn't dead yet

Brett Levin Flickr

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today that there's still a chance the state legislature could pass a medical marijuana bill that he would sign.

Only five days remain in this year's session, and the governor had previously said that he it was unlikely any major issues would pass by then. But in an interview today with the public radio show "Capitol Pressroom," Cuomo declared that medical marijuana legislation is not dead.

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4:59pm

Tue January 14, 2014
Politics and Government

Owens will not seek reelection to Congress

Congressman Bill Owens

North Country Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) announced Tuesday that he will not seek reelection in November -- surprising the political establishment and putting the seat for the 21st Congressional District up for grabs.

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4:31pm

Tue January 7, 2014
Regional Coverage

Lake effect conditions shut down part of North Country

White out conditions in Adams, NY
Catherine Loper/WRVO

Pounding snow in the North Country and bitterly cold temperatures across the state will around for at least one more night.

Government officials in New York state from the governor on down are urging residents in parts of northern, central and western New York to stay indoors as lake effect snow, wind chill advisories and frigid temperatures are causing dangerous conditions.

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4:00pm

Tue January 7, 2014
Politics and Government

Cuomo to push government consolidation; Onondaga County executive says it's already working

In Wednesday's State of the State address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is going to propose a plan the would encourage localities to consolidate services with other government entities.

His plan to freeze property tax rates for two years is dependent on local governments and schools demonstrating that they are consolidating and sharing some services with other governments in the second year. If they fail to do that, property taxes would go up after all.

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8:18am

Wed September 4, 2013
Politics and Government

Area lawmakers weigh in on upcoming Syria vote

As Congress begins to debate a resolution to authorize United States military action in Syria, members of the New York congressional delegation are expressing their opinion publicly about what should be done.

Rep. Tom Reed, a Republican who represents parts of the Finger Lakes and Souther Tier regions, has been conducting a listening tour in his district to gather opinions from his constituents.

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7:57am

Thu August 29, 2013
Entertainment

Musician Jay Nash discusses "Rock for the River" concert

Jay Nash in studio with WRVO's Catherine Loper.
Leah Landry/WRVO

In 2004, a musician with roots in central and northern New York came up with an idea for a fundraiser to help preserve the St. Lawrence River. Every Fourth of July weekend since then, singer-songwriter Jay Nash has led a group of musicians in the "Rock for the River" concert in Clayton, which benefits the non-profit group "Save the River." The events have been so popular, this year they've added another concert on Labor Day weekend. WRVO's Catherine Loper recently spoke with Nash about how his passions for the river and music intersect.

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2:03pm

Fri August 23, 2013
Politics and Government

I-STOP law poses opportunities, concerns about implementation

The tragedies caused by prescription drug abuse, addictions, overdoses and ruined lives are not unique to New York state, but Assemblyman Michael Cusick realized a couple years ago that Staten Island, where his district is located, could be considered the epicenter of the problem.

“We have numbers that are staggering of people overdosing from prescription drugs and the theft of prescription drugs," Cusick said. "The misuse is rampant here on Staten Island."

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10:42am

Thu February 21, 2013
Regional Coverage

Auburn plant announces closure

A manufacturing company in Auburn, N.Y. has announced it will be closing its doors by the end of 2014.

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3:15pm

Thu January 17, 2013
Politics and Government

Poll finds New Yorkers back new gun laws, but split on fracking

A new poll finds voters overwhelming support for many of the items that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing, including parts of the newly enacted gun control law. 

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2:18pm

Mon December 17, 2012
Education

Largest donation in SUNY Oswego history to name science building

SUNY Oswego has received the largest donation in its 150 year history. The gift comes from a couple who have already dedicated much of their life's work to the university.

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9:40am

Mon December 17, 2012
Government

Cuomo says Sandy only adds to 2013 agenda

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says preparations for his January State of the State address are "in good shape."

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5:30pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Regional Coverage

Are central & northern NY prepared for a storm like Sandy?

As life starts to get back to normal in the parts of New York and New Jersey that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy, other areas of the country are asking themselves if they could have weathered that kind of storm.

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4:50pm

Tue November 6, 2012
Politics

Hanna and Lamb crisscross the 22nd in a last push for votes

Congressman Richard Hanna and his opponent Dan Lamb spent election day crisscrossing the 22nd congressional district today asking constituents for their votes.

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4:26pm

Mon October 22, 2012
Politics

Cuomo to start campaigning on behalf of other candidates

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will soon be hitting the campaign trail... for other candidates. While the governor is not up for reelection himself until 2016, at a cabinet meeting Monday in Albany, Cuomo said that with this year's election just over two weeks away, endorsements and campaign events to get out the vote matter.

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10:00am

Thu October 18, 2012
Politics

Hanna-Lamb race takes to the TV airwaves

Congressman Richard Hanna has released his first television ad in his re-election bid. The Republican incumbent is running against Democrat Dan Lamb.

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11:21am

Thu October 4, 2012
Politics

Hanna re-election bid in full swing

Representative Richard Hanna marked what he called the official kick off to his re-election bid -- opening one of his campaign offices in Utica Wednesday. The one-term Republican has been running for re-election in the newly drawn 22nd congressional district, and in fact has already had one debate with his opponent, Democrat Dan Lamb.

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4:31pm

Mon September 24, 2012
Politics

Representative Buerkle wants candidate town hall meetings

Representative Ann Marie Buerkle has challenged her two competitors to participate in a series of four joint town hall meetings before the November 6 election.

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9:45am

Mon September 24, 2012
Politics

Buerkle-Maffei race heats up

Congressional races around the country are likely to heat up now that the House of Representatives and the Senate have recessed until after the election. In the Syracuse area, the re-match between Ann Marie Buerkle and Dan Maffei is statistically a tie, according to the latest poll.

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4:55pm

Wed September 19, 2012
Politics and Government

Buerkle hopes for a farm bill extension

Central New York Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle is concerned that the House of Representatives has not yet passed a farm bill. The current one is scheduled to expire September 30, but Congress is scheduled to finish its work this week and passage of a farm bill does not look likely.

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10:43am

Wed September 19, 2012
Regional Coverage

Agriculture officials say horses should be vaccinated for EEE

The New York State Department of  Agriculture is urging horse owners to have their animals vaccinated against Eastern Equine Encephalitis and the West Nile virus.

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10:17am

Tue September 18, 2012
Politics

Miner speaks out about close state Senate races

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is criticizing campaign rhetoric used during one of last week’s state Senate primaries.  Three of the four Republican state senators who broke with the party to vote to legalize gay marriage last year faced tough primary battles September 13, and one of those contests turned particularly nasty in the closing days.

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6:57am

Wed September 12, 2012
Politics

Democrat Dan Lamb is newcomer in 22nd congressional district

Dan Lamb is the Democrat candidate running against central New York Congressman Richard Hanna, and he has been introducing himself to voters in the new 22nd congressional district saying that he is just like them.

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4:08pm

Tue September 11, 2012
Education

New school year brings new anti-bullying law

As students settle into the new school year, the first phase of a new statewide anti-bullying law is already in place. More children will now be protected, and more will be required of school districts.

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8:00am

Sat September 8, 2012
Recreation

New boating technology availible for the St. Lawrence River

A new global observation technology has been developed to help recreational boaters on the St. Lawrence River.

This new tool, developed by New York Sea Grant and the Great Lakes Observing System, allows recreational boaters to access information about the river's current as well as water depth. Dave White with New York Sea Grant explained how this technology works.

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4:17pm

Fri September 7, 2012
Regional Coverage

Sen. Ritchie proposes solution to high county jail costs

State Senator Patty Ritchie (R-Heuvelton) has made a proposal that she says will help ease overcrowding and lower costs at county jails.

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4:03pm

Tue September 4, 2012
Education

Common core standards make debut in New York

As children all over upstate New York head back to school this week, the curriculum for some of them will be a little different this year.

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3:45pm

Tue September 4, 2012
Politics

New York Democrats' hopes and plans for the DNC

New York state Democrats are well-represented at the Democratic National Convention which began in Charlotte, North Carolina Tuesday. But not all Democrats from the region are attending.

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4:55pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Politics

Buerkle and Maffei in virtual tie

Democratic congressional candidate Dan Maffei and incumbent Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle head into the fall campaign in a statistical tie, two years after Republican Buerkle unseated Maffei by only 648 votes.

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