Jason Smith

News Director, Morning Edition Host

Like much of the staff at WRVO, Jason wears a lot of hats. As the local host of Morning Edition, Jason produces and anchors hourly newscasts, and provides weather and other information each morning. He is also a producer and editor of the Campbell Conversations, one of WRVO's locally produced programs. And in December of 2017, Jason was named WRVO's next News Director. In that position, Jason is responsible for all of the local news heard on WRVO each day.

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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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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Twenty Republicans voted against a 2018 budget plan in the House of Representatives Thursday, seven of them from New York. The resolution passed the house by a 216-212 vote. 

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You might not know the name Bob Moritz, but you probably have heard of the company he runs. Moritz is the global chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers, or PwC, an accounting firm with offices in more than 150 countries around the world and more than 230,000 employees. He's also a graduate of SUNY Oswego and he stopped by our studios recently.

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has her next job lined up once she leaves office at the end of the year: college professor. 

Miner has accepted a teaching position for the spring semester at New York University, where she will be a "visiting distinguished urbanist" at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. 

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All seven buildings in the Oswego City School District were placed in a lockout Thursday afternoon, after a suspicious image was shared on social media. 

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner announced Thursday that she will not run for Congress in 2018. 

Miner's name has come up a number of times as a possible Democratic challenger to Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) for the 24th Congressional District seat. But in a statement, Miner says she will not run. 

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A New York State trooper was shot and killed after responding to a call Sunday night at a home in Jefferson County, according to State Police. 

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Syracuse University men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim will stay on the bench at least through the 2017-2018 season, after his contract was extended, the university announced Sunday. 

The extension comes after associate head coach Mike Hopkins announced earlier in the day that he was leaving Syracuse to become the new head coach at the University of Washington. 

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More than 2 feet of snow fell across parts of central New York Tuesday, making travel treacherous and shutting down schools, government offices and many businesses across the region. More snow is expected today, leading to more closings and warnings advising against travel.

The state of emergency the governor declared for all of New York state is still in effect, and states of emergencies have also been declared by some central New York counties.

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As the pressure mounts on Republican members of Congress to hold town hall meetings, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has a message for those members of Congress from New York who have not held town halls in their districts. 

"We have members of Congress in this state who won't even do a town hall. I don't think those members of Congress should stay in office if they aren't willing to do a town hall," said Gillibrand. 

Joe Nicoletti campaign

Three Democrats are already in the race to replace Stephanie Miner as Syracuse's next mayor. Now, a fourth has declared their candidacy. 

Syracuse Common Councilor Joe Nicoletti announced Thursday that he is running for mayor. He joins Andrew Maxwell, Alphonso Davis and Marty Masterpole in the race for the democratic nomination. Another Democrat, Juanita Perez Williams, is also considering a run. 

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Updated at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday

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Oswego's mayor is asking city residents to conserve water, saying the city's water supply is at critically low levels. 

Colleen Deacon for Congress; Congressman John Katko

Democratic congressional candidate Colleen Deacon is calling out her Republican opponent, Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus), for not criticizing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump over comments he made about Gold Star parents of a U.S. Army captain killed in Iraq in 2004.

During the Democratic National Convention, Khizr Khan, father of Capt. Humayun Khan, talked about the loss of his son in Iraq. Trump tweeted several apparent criticisms of Khan and his wife, and the public feud has continued for nearly a week. 

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Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) Tuesday became the first Republican member of Congress to say he will vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton for president in November. 

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The owner of the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Oswego County, which is scheduled to be closed starting in January, is in discussions to sell the plant to Exelon, owner of the nearby Nine Mile Point facility. 

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Syracuse City School District superintendent Sharon Contreras, who has led the district since 2011, has been hired as the superintendent of Guilford County Schools in Greensboro, North Carolina, and will take over that position in August. 

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