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Wilkin, Jeff

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Phone: 518-395-3124

Employee Since: February 1, 1981

Arts & Life Reporter

Biography:

Jeff joined The Gazette in February 1981, and was first assigned suburban government beats. He also spent about eight years on the newspaper’s police beat. He has been a feature writer in The Gazette’s Life & Arts department since 1991. He has researched and written the newspaper’s Monday morning history page for the past 10 years and also handles The Gazette’s reader participation contests. His first-person pieces have included reports on spending a night in a haunted house, living as a “Blue Man” for a day, testing a flying machine, visiting a nudist resort and performing a cameo role at Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady. Wilkin, 55, was born in Rochester and graduated from Aquinas Institute high school in 1973. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from St. Bonaventure University in 1977. He began his journalism career at The Post-Star in Glens Falls in 1978, and also has worked at the Democrat & Chronicle in Rochester. Wilkin lives in Albany. His interests include cooking, reading, running, cross-country skiing, cycling, cinema, the Baltimore Orioles and Buffalo Bills.
Read his blog "Type A to Z" on dailygazette.com.

Jeff's Recent Articles:


Purple golf balls, windmills and ice cream

Purple golf balls, windmills and ice cream

August 28, 2016

McKenzie Kirvin was happy to play through Dan’s Miniature Golf in Ballston Lake on a late summer night. McKenzie was happy anyway. On this particular ...

Taekwondo national champion kicking off big campaign

Taekwondo national champion kicking off big campaign

August 28, 2016

Nashayla “Shay” Harper Smith puts in her time with the Army National Guard once a month. The job takes her to Albany International Airport. The ...

Beers, bets and long shots -- 48,630 turn out for Travers

Beers, bets and long shots -- 48,630 turn out for Travers

August 27, 2016

Jerry Moeller of Staten Island was only going to see his horse for a few seconds. He had Anaximandros in the 147th running of the ...

'Mid-summer Derby' Day -- Sellout expected for Travers

'Mid-summer Derby' Day -- Sellout expected for Travers

August 26, 2016

Colleen Lowery hit Saratoga Springs shortly after 3 p.m. on Friday and was walking on Broadway 20 minutes later. “I’ve made it three years in ...

Mary Chapin Carpenter draws on her emotions

Mary Chapin Carpenter draws on her emotions

August 24, 2016

Songs with titles like “Map of My Heart” and “Hand On My Back” sound personal. They’re Mary Chapin Carpenter’s songs, from her new “The Things ...

Early-onset Alzheimer’s  needs understanding, coping skills, not fear

Early-onset Alzheimer’s needs understanding, coping skills, not fear

August 19, 2016

For Tracy Capullo, the fade began in 2013. “I couldn’t remember things,” said Capullo, 52, who lives in Rotterdam. “I went to one of my ...

Twist again in Schenectady with ‘The Soul Man’

Twist again in Schenectady with ‘The Soul Man’

August 19, 2016

I never knew the “Bristol Stomp.” But the way the dazzling Dovells — what a great name for a singing group — described the moves ...

Bus catches fire on Thruway in Albany

Bus catches fire on Thruway in Albany

August 17, 2016

No injuries were reported Wednesday afternoon when a bus caught fire in lanes leading to state Thruway Exit Exchange 24 in Albany. Police at the ...

These ladies are a reliable coupled entry at Spa

These ladies are a reliable coupled entry at Spa

August 14, 2016

Mayfield’s Lois Hill has two favorite ladies at Saratoga Race Course. One is Rachel Alexandra — the famous filly who won the Woodward Stakes on ...

Life in the fast lane: A night at Albany-Saratoga Speedway

Life in the fast lane: A night at Albany-Saratoga Speedway

August 12, 2016

The power! The passion! The pride! Race car fans at Albany-Saratoga Speedway know all three. Every Friday night during the spring, summer and early autumn, ...

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