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Senior reporter John Purcell has worked at Spotlight News for four years and covers Albany County suburbs.
Purcell covers the towns of Guilderland and New Scotland, the villages of Altamont and Voorheesville and Albany County news and feature stories. He also covers the school districts of Guilderland and Voorheesville. Previously, he covered Schenectady County for Spotlight News.
In the New York Press Association's 2011 Better Newspaper Contest he received third place honors in Spot News Coverage for his story on the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene in Schenectady County. Also, in NYPA's 2010 contest he received honorable mention for best news story.
Before joining Spotlight, he interned at The Legislative Gazette covering state government. He graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a B.A. in Journalism. Also, he is a Schenectady County native.
BOCES-led consortium wins nearly $440k for 12 districts
A dozen area school districts welcomed an infusion of state funding to help improve assessment practices.
Regional program prepares for first year at CNSE’s Albany campus
The phones were still off the hook, but Tech Valley High School Principal Dan Liebert could already hear educational opportunities calling area students.
Legislature passes ban on sales at pharmacies; McCoy to hold public hearing
Refilling your prescription medication and stocking up on cigarettes could require two separate stops a year from now.
CSNE summer program allows students to get hands-on research experience
Nearly 60 students worked one-on-one with SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering professors over the past 10 weeks to gain hands-on experience.
More Capital District schools are moving to digital reports to allow parents an easy way to monitor a child’s progress
This story appears in Spotlight Newspapers' Back To School supplement, which came out Aug. 13.
‘Muffin Man’ expands fundraising efforts to breakfast in bed service
A basket of muffins might not change the world, but one man is proving it’s a good place to start.
Community Caregivers raffles custom pendant, to hold appreciation reception
Community Caregivers is celebrating its 20th anniversary by holding a raffle for a one-of-a-kind gold pendant featuring the nonprofit’s logo of clasped hands forming a heart.
Commission set to clear 47 acres of black locust trees, reclaim landscape
Hundreds of invasive trees will be removed from the Pine Bush Preserve before next year, which will dramatically shift the landscape in preparation for a native habitat.
Democrats draft last-minute amendment to clear step for Solider On project
Dozens of veterans spoke out against Democratic legislators proposing to stall Solider On’s housing project, which spurred a last-minute amendment to clear a procedural step.
Albany County Sheriff’s Office initiatives presented to Capital Region Rotary Club
Rotarians got an up-close look into aspects of the Albany County Sheriff’s Department, from a mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle to a transmitter that helps find those who wander.