Jenna Flanagan

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, her Hudson Valley hometown. Jenna then went on to study communications and journalism at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ where she earned her Bachelor of Arts.

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 she 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 in New York City. Her work has also aired nationally on NPR.

Her television reports can be seen on WMHT's award-winning public affairs show, New York NOW, which airs on PBS stations statewide.

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It’s one thing to carve a pumpkin for Halloween, it’s something else entirely to bring to life an entire sea serpent, circus train or resurrect dinosaurs… with pumpkins.

But that’s exactly what the folks at the Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze have been doing for the past 11 years.

The event, put on by Historic Hudson Valley an educational non-profit specializing in - where else - the lower Hudson region, doubles as a fundraiser.

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New York may have banned hydraulic fracturing for natural gas- aka fracking - but that does not mean residents of upstate New York are no longer concerned. Controversial pipelines that would pump gas fracked in Pennsylvania across New York State into New England are proposed, and to ensure the gas stays moving, compressor stations would be built along the pipeline route.

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The Wallkill River Boat Brigade is a group of volunteer kayakers who monitor the water quality of the tributary of the Hudson River. the Innovation Trail's Jenna Flanagan took to a kayak to see what they're up to. (Video after the jump.)

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A small but passionate group of About 50 activists with the Sierra club, gathered on the southern lawn of Albany’s Academy Park to deliver a 14-thousand signature petitions demanding Governor Cuomo deny the bailout of the Cayuga Power Plant. 

The bailout would come via the governor’s Public Service Commission that currently subsidizes the plant to the tune of $4 -million a month.

The Tompkins County installation has two units that burn coal, and one that uses natural gas or oil depending on the market.

States have until 2030 to get their carbon emissions down to 32-percent below 2005 levels, under guidelines laid out in the Clean Power Plan announced by President Obama earlier this week.

The regulations have drawn cheers from environmentalists but there’s also plenty of criticism. But Northeast Regional Director, Judith Enck ,says the rules aren’t as draconian as opponents claim.