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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.
Regional forum rallies for equitable education funding, local control of classrooms
Many education advocates over the last few years have criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo for not supporting public schools. Now some question if he’s intentionally working against them.
Tonko rewards local man’s fight to honor another soldier
A local Korean War veteran’s elation was only beginning to subside two days after attending the 2015 State of the Union address, with him proudly pulling his gold-tinged ticket out an envelope.
V’ville teen suicide victim's family hopes legislation will spare others from tragedy
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed “Jerry’s Law” last month, which ended the three-year crusade of Mary Clark to get a state law passed to help other families avoid the same tragedy her family faced.
Siena Research Institute finds seasonal spending stable, gifts more practical
Siena Research Institute released its annual Statewide Poll of Holiday Spending on Monday, Nov. 24, which was conducted from Nov. 3 to 17. Approximately 59 percent of the shoppers surveyed are planning to spend about the same as last year.
Democrat easily sweeps to his fourth two-year term
Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, was elected to his fourth two-year term after election results on Tuesday night, Nov. 4, grew to an insurmountable lead that Jim Fischer, R-Ballston Spa was unable to overcome.
Candidates for 20th Congressional District meet at forum, lay out vision for country
Job creation and growing the economy are crucial issues for residents of the 20th Congressional District, according to both candidates. However, they share diverging opinions on how to achieve those goals.
Annual event welcomes season with food, fun and fast cars
The leaves are starting to turn and the air is getting chillier so it can mean only one thing in Guilderland: It’s time to slurp some soup.
Street fair celebrates the vibrancy of downtown Albany neighborhood
An outdoor block party in the Pine Hills area of Albany sets itself apart with its family-friendly vibe and activities for kids and adults.
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.
Capital District gets its own Renaissance Festival promising merriment for all
The NY Capital District Renaissance Festival will be held on Saturday, June 14, and Sunday, June 15, at Indian Ladder Farms in New Scotland, adding a brand-new attraction to the region.