This year, we have aggregated and contextualized COVID-19 news from the federal, state, and local levels, and we’ve produced original enterprise reporting and feature writing on the myriad ways the pandemic is affecting the political, economic, and cultural life of our region.

But the situation is ever-evolving, and there are still a lot of unknowns. For this event, reporters from The River will host a virtual conversation with panel guests from the public health, local business, and community service worlds, and answer reader questions about the pandemic—from its effects to what it’s like to cover it. There will also be time for audience questions.

Our panelists:

  • Diana Mason, Senior Policy Service Professor for the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at George Washington University School of Nursing and the host of “HealthCetera in the Catskills”
  • Jonathan Drapkin, President and CEO of Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress
  • Marybeth Mills, owner and proprietor of Peekamoose
  • Wilfredo Morel, Director of Hispanic Health at Sun River Health
  • Lissa Harris, staff writer for The River

Moderated by Phillip Pantuso, managing editor of The River

A Chronogram Conversation in partnership with Radio Kingston. Presented by The River Newsroom.

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Immigration Advocacy in the Hudson Valley

“To fail to resist is to be complicit.”—Father Frank Alagna, cofounder of the Ulster Immigrant Defense Network

Immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants, are facing perilous conditions. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is targeting all undocumented immigrants, and has recently stepped up its efforts in the Hudson Valley. As Michael Frank reported for The River and in the November issue of Chronogram, this has prompted community members to organize and fight back against what they view as unjust federal policies targeting immigrants. Groups like the Ulster Immigrant Defense Network, Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, the Worker Justice Center, the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement, and others are working to aid immigrants on a daily basis.

Join us on December 4 at Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Episcopal Church in Kingston to hear from immigration advocates on their work protecting vulnerable members of our community and learn how you can get involved and become an immigration ally.

Holy Cross Santa Cruz Episcopal Church, Kingston
Wednesday, December 4 , 6-8pm,
$10 in advance / $15 at the door 
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30 Pine Grove Avenue
Kingston, NY 12401
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Moderator: Mariel Fiori, publisher of La Voz, host of La Voz con Mariel Fiori on Radio Kingston

Our panelists:
Father Frank Alagna, pastor of Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Episcopal Church and cofounder of the Ulster Immigrant Defense Network
Prof. Martha Tepepa, the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College
Diana Lopez Martinez, Community Organizer for Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson
Cecilia Cortina, Human Trafficking Specialist, Worker Justice Center of New York, more panelists to be announced.

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Inclusive Community Planning

Clarkson University, Beacon
Tuesday, October 15, 6-8pm,
$10 in advance / $15 at the door 
Tickets available now! (Limited space available.)

We’ll discuss what works for our cities: How do we create inclusive community development and what are some healthy, win-win models for urban prosperity?

View more about our panelists:
Michael Oates: President, Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation
Sarah Salem: Councilmember, City of Poughkeepsie Common Council, Ward 2, and Director of Development, Dutchess Outreach
Joe Czajka: Senior Vice President for Research, Development & Community Planning, Pattern for Progress
Robyn Hannigan: Provost, Clarkson University
Jeffrey Anzevino, AICP: Director of Land Use Advocacy, Scenic Hudson

This event is presented by: Clarkson University

Join us for the premiere of A Living River, a new short film from National Geographic Filmmaker Jon Bowermaster, about the work of Riverkeeper, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and others to restore the life within our majestic Hudson River.

After the film screening, join in the conversation as we discuss the web of life that depends on the Hudson River and how we can protect the ecosystem.

Food and beverages provided by Sloop Brewing @ The Factory.

Date and Time

Thursday, August 15, 2019
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Sloop Brewing Co. @ the Factory in East Fishkill
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Tickets on sale now! (Limited space available.)

This is event is sponsored by Riverkeeper, a member-supported watchdog organization dedicated to defending the ecological integrity of the Hudson River and its tributaries, and to safeguarding the drinking water of 9 million New York City and Hudson Valley residents.

Now that Hudson Valley locals can drive to Great Barrington to buy legal weed it’s time to have a conversation!

Join in as we discuss the impact of weed legalization in the Hudson Valley. Panelists will discuss how weed legalization could effect local economy, healthcare, consciousness, and more.

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Food provided by Bread Alone

Date and Time

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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Kleinert/James Center for the Arts in Woodstock
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SATURDAY, FEB 23: Join us in Rhinebeck to meet the candidates at the 2019 Rhinebeck Village Candidate Forum. Discussion with candidates Gary Bassett (Mayor), Ric Lewit (Trustee), and Paul Korczak (Trustee) will be moderated by The River’s Kirk Ritchey and hosted by Starr Library.

Saturday, February 23, 4:30-6pm
Starr Library, 68 West Market Street, Rhinebeck

Chronogram’s 25th Birthday Party!

Join us on Saturday, November 10 from 8pm to midnight to celebrate on the top floor of the Fuller Building, a historic landmark in Midtown Kingston. See more

Chronogram Conversations—The State of Local Media 
Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 5:30-7:30pm
At CO, the cooperatively owned and operated coworking space in Rhinebeck

Come out and meet us! The River is excited to be part of the next Chronogram Conversations event. 

On August 31, the Village Voice, the nation’s first alt-weekly and the standard-bearer of alternative newsgathering and cutting-edge reporting and writing from the mid-1950s onward—announced it was “suspending” its editorial production. In late July, the Daily News cut half its editorial staff in one fell swoop. The advertising-driven media model is in crisis. Can it survive? If not, what will take its place and how are local media organizations in the Hudson Valley adapting to these new conditions?

Join us for an evening of discussion about the future of local media with some of the region’s most influential media owners and executives. (Full list of panelists below.) The evening will also include a keynote address by Jim Friedlich, Executive Director and CEO of the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, a nonprofit that owns the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News and is developing sustainable business models for local journalism. There will also be a short presentation introducing The River.

Food and beverages will be served.


Jimmy Buff (Radio Kingston)
Geddy Sveikaukas (Ulster Publishing)
Gary Chetkoff (Radio Woodstock)
Lisa Green (Rural Intelligence)
Mariel Fiori (La Voz)
Jason Stern (Chronogram)

Sponsored by Ulster Savings Bank and Powered by AT&T.

$10 per person with online pre-registration.
$15 per person fee at the door if you do not pre-register online.

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