Dale Willman

Writer, journalism trainer

Saratoga Springs, NY

Dale Willman

An award-winning journalist experienced in on-line, broadcast. print and conflict photography. A major focus is environmental journalism. I've also spent many years conducting journalism trainings on five continents. Most recently I spent a year as lead trainer and civic education advisor in South Sudan.



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Showering in South Sudan…Sometimes

NWNL Director Alison Jones met fellow journalist Dale Willman just before he left for South Sudan. We stayed in touch as he worked to help young local journalists in this Nile River Basin, newly-formed country. Dale is an award-winning editor, reporter, trainer and photographer with decades of reporting from five continents.

New York Town Up In Arms As Gun Show Approaches

Gun enthusiasts flock to the New Eastcoast Arms Collectors Associates Arms Fair in March 2012 in Saratoga, N.Y. Some local residents would like the next show to be canceled, in light of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings. Saratoga Springs, N.Y., is the kind of town tourists visit and never want to leave.

Keep It Green: Banning Bottled Water?

Coffeehouse Conversations in Saratoga Springs, New York. Broadcast by Equator-HD. Topic: Banning Bottled Water? One of a series of videos about the environment taped in 2008-2009 in Saratoga Springs, New York's Uncommon Grounds Coffee House.

The Hits Just Keep Coming

Produced by Dale Willman: CKLW 800 AM was THE radio station for NPR's Don Gonyea where he grew up outside Detroit, Michigan. It was his primary source for music and entertainment in the 1960s and 70s, as it was for many young people. Whether they were driving their cars, or lying on the beach, it was always to the tune of CKLW.

A Low-Cost Way to Help the Environment

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City Council Talks Transportation Tuesday Night: With Audio, Document

The third of three alternative routes for a possible Greenbelt Trail around Saratoga. Transportation was a major theme at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting as commissioners discussed or voted to approve a number of resolutions related to bicycles, pedestrians and cars. A group of graduate students in the planning program at the University at Albany started things off with a presentation to the council on a proposed Greenbelt Trail for the city.
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City Council Agrees on Affordable Housing for Two City Parcels

Bradley Birge, the city’s Administrator of Planning & Economic Development, presents the housing plan to council Tuesday night. More than a year after Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan first championed the idea, the city is moving ahead on plans to give two parcels of city land to Habitat for Humanity so that the non-profit group can build affordable housing units in Saratoga.
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Water Troubles for City Council

The City of Saratoga Springs may be selling water improperly to the Town of Wilton according to critics, and the legal opinion allowing that sale to move forward appears to be flawed according to an analysis of the letter by Saratoga Wire. Interest in this water issue has heated up following debate on the issue at a Monday meeting of City Council.
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Charter Reform Again a Topic at Tuesday's City Council Meeting

The city charter reform proposal put forth by the group Saratoga Citizen cleared another symbolic hurdle at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. Accounts Commissioner John Franck put forth a motion for the council to vote on the actual ballot language being used for the proposition this November.
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An Exciting Night for City Council

It was an explosive evening in City Council chambers Tuesday night. The evening began quietly enough with the last of three public hearings on the mayor’s six year Capital Program. The program is a planning document that allows city departments to prioritize large equipment purchases and capital projects.
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City Council Discusses Gun Violence and Casinos Tuesday Night

Christopher Peake speaks before the City Council at Tuesday's meeting. There were two major topics aired at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, and they couldn’t have been much further apart – casinos and gun violence. In the first council meeting since Friday’s school shooting in Newtown Connecticut, Mayor Scott Johnson opened the evening with a moment of silence to honor all those who died.
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Dale Willman

Dale Willman has been an award-winning correspondent, editor and trainer for 40 years. He recently spent a year in South Sudan working as Lead Journalism Trainer and Civic Education Advisor for a USAID-funded project. He also spent a year in Indonesia as a Senior Fulbright Scholar, and has worked as an international journalism trainer and mentor on 5 continents.

Willman has organized workshops for the Society of Environmental Journalists on a broad array of topics, from the changing environmental regulations under the Trump Administration to how to better report on climate change issues.

Willman spent more than 12 years in various roles at National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. During the first Gulf War he provided reporting and hourly newscasts from London. His work was included in NPR’s receipt of the 1991 duPont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. Also while with NPR, Willman shared a Peabody Award for his work on the Lost and Found Sound series broadcast on All Things Considered.

As a correspondent he won a national Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting in 1998 for his CNN Radio series, Broadway’s Dirty Little Secret.

And while with CBS, Willman provided coverage of the White House, Capitol Hill, the Pentagon and the State Department for CBS Radio stations. He also served as field producer and correspondent for a number of major events, from U.S.-Soviet Summits to the bombing of the Murrah Federal Office Building in Oklahoma City.

Willman is also a public speaker and lectures on college campuses on numerous topics, from environmental journalism to media diversity.

Willman lives with his family in Saratoga Springs, New York.



  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Field Producer
  • Audio Editing
  • Video Editing
  • Public Speaking
  • New Media
  • Radio, TV
  • Investigative Reporting
  • Public Radio
  • Online Journalism
  • Journalism Training