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WRFI News brings you local-first news and voices by, and for, the people of Tompkins and Schuyler counties. Catch WRFI News live, Monday-Friday at 6 p.m.

Want to become a volunteer news journalist? Got a question or news tip? Email News Director Michayla Savitt.

WRFI News Features and Interviews

165 New Yorkers Testify on proposed New York Health Act. [Audio]

By Fred Balfour | November 6, 2019

At the national level, the first four Democratic primary debates discussed “Medicare for all” and how to pay for it. That topic lead all the others in total minutes. Meanwhile, New York state’s legislature held 3 open hearings across the state to discuss the proposed New York Health Act single payer health insurance. Totaling 28…

Tompkins County first early voting session comes to a close, produced by WRFI and the Ithaca Voice [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | November 5, 2019

In January, state lawmakers approved the New York State Early Voting Act, which gives New Yorkers extra time to cast their ballots.

Nermeen Shaikh: The Crisis of the Media Industrial Complex

By WRFI News Staff | November 1, 2019

Nermeen Shaikh is a sentinel of U.S. independent media. She’s a weekly co-host on the show “Democracy Now!” and the author of “The Present as History” published by Columbia University Press. Shaikh spoke at Ithaca College on October 3rd, 2019. Her talk was titled: The Crisis of the Media Industrial Complex. This is an edited…

Plowshares 7 anti-nuclear activists’ trial comes to a close [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | October 25, 2019

After just four days of proceedings, all of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 were found guilty on all charges. Ithaca residents Chuck Geisler and Garry Thomas attended the federal trial of anti-nuclear activists, and provided reports to WRFI and The Ithaca Voice throughout the week. WRFI News Director Michayla Savitt and Garry have the final…

Recap: day 3 of Plowshares 7 anti-nuclear activists’ trial [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | October 25, 2019

After two hours of deliberation, the jury found all of Kings Bay Plowshares 7 guilty on all counts, conspiracy, destruction of government property, depredation of Naval Base property, and trespass, according to a report from Garry Thomas, who’s been reporting on the trial for WRFI. WRFI News director Michayla Savitt spoke with Chuck Geisler about…


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