Jenna Flanagan, WMHT


WMHT/Capital Region Reporter for the Innovation Trail

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. 

Ways to Connect

When is a thing not just a thing?

When it’s elevated beyond normal everyday use. Discovering that new level of ‘thinginess’ was the subject of SUNY New Paltz’s first ever ANYthing Conference.

The conference brought together students, teachers and professionals from a multitude of disciplines to showcase the applications of additive manufacturing (that’s 3D printings technical name) in art, design, manufacturing, engineering and medicine. 


Protecting New York’s food supply includes more than farmers and land. It means protecting the pollinating insects that allow plants to reproduce and grow.

To help ensure that amateur gardeners and bee keepers help protect the nurturing insect population, the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany held a New York State Pollinator Conference.

Emma Mullen, an associate with the Entomology Department of Cornell University, spoke at the conference on the well being of honeybees, which have seen a sharp decline in colonies by 54%.

What is progress?

It’s an open-ended concept that depends entirely on who you ask.

After the financial crash of 2008, Emily Puthoff was moved to travel the country asking American’s, ‘How do you define progress?’

She and Elena Sniezek set out from their home in the Hudson Valley, joining arts festivals across the country to discuss how people in each community viewed the idea of progress. What it was, what had been achieved, and what their hopes were for the future.

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When President Obama named Michelle Lee as Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, she became the first woman to hold that position in the agency’s 225-year history.

Lee, is working to make sure she’s not an anomaly and bring more women and minorities into STEM careers.

The Innovation Trail’s Jenna Flanagan recently met up with Director Lee in New York City.

“Any goal of the United States Patent and Trademark office at the highest level is to promote innovation. That’s in men women, boys and girls.”

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There was a palpable tension in the packed room at the Arbor Hill Community Center. The meeting was originally organized by Albany Common Council member Dorcy Applyrs and Kelly Kimbrough in response to the Michael Brown case in Missouri, but the Wednesday’s events in New York City added an extra level of urgency.

(Edited video with highlights of the meeting after the jump.)