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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.
Tkaczyk, Amedore differences clear at League of Women Voters' candidates forum
Displeasing looks aplenty were cast between candidates during a recent debate for the hotly contested 46th Senate District, as each listened to the opponent’s answers.
Candidates for the 46th Senate District meet for first debate of the election season
One of the most contentious state senate races is on track to be a cutthroat contest featuring a rematch between two candidates looking for a knockout victory.
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.
‘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.
Old favorites and new attractions showcased at weeklong event
Alongside fair food favorites, the Altamont Fair is offering up something new to taste with some local flavor.
Family-owned business in Guilderland shuts its doors after nearly 65 years; owes $15k in property taxes
An iconic neighborhood market abruptly closed its doors in Guilderland more than a week ago, with more than $15,000 of outstanding taxes on the property.
Eighth annual Helderberg Theater Festival features twist on classic, youth directors
The Classic Theater Guild Inc. and Indian Ladder Farms are teaming up again for The 2014 Helderberg Theater Festival, which will be held outdoors at the farm from July 17 to 27.
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.