Kate O'Connell

Reporter, Innovation Trail, Finger Lakes

WXXI/Finger Lakes Reporter for the Innovation Trail

Kate O’Connell comes to WXXI from Melbourne, Australia, and studied journalism at Royal Melboure Institute of Technology.

During her studies, Kate was a freelance journalist, reporting from Nepal and Haiti, and worked with the media team of the United Nations partner group, International Organization for Migration.

Kate's experience also includes work for the Shepparton News, Australian Broadcasting Company, Melbourne’s Channel 31, RRR radio and WIN television.

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8:56am

Wed November 28, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Governor checks off sixth Regional Council tour

Gov. Andrew Cuomo surveys state funded projects in downtown Rochester.
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Using a now-familiar travel routine, Governor Andrew Cuomo made his sixth tour of New York's regions to monitor the progress of projects funded through the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC).

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4:30pm

Tue November 27, 2012
The Upstate Economy

New York wage growth behind national average

Bureau of Economic Analysis

Personal income growth in New York state remained below the national average in 2011, a new report shows. Figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis show growth in some areas of New York were almost 2 percentage points below the national average of 5.2 percent.

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4:28pm

Tue November 27, 2012
Regional Coverage

Western NY school to have "living building"

An upstate school is adding a structure that generates its own energy, heating and cooling using renewable energy sources for its teaching spaces. The Harley School in Rochester broke ground on the $3 million project Monday.

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4:12pm

Fri November 23, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Regionally developed helmet technology attracting manufacturers

An upstate company has developed a system for motorcycle helmets that could have applications for both defensive driving and sports. A system of sensors alerts riders when the helmet has damage that might not be visible, but could compromise safety.

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4:14pm

Mon November 19, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Growing yogurt industry leads to award for Genesee County

Muller Quaker Dairy is one of the tenants of the Agri Business Park
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The success of the burgeoning yogurt industry has helped the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) be named the Industrial Development Agency of the year in upstate New York, for their work in developing the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park in Batavia.

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4:55pm

Thu November 15, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Reaching out to 'green' women in the sustainable economy

Upstate communities are reaching out to women working in the sustainable economy. This week, community group Greenworks Buffalo Niagara hosted the first in a series of events for  "green" women, and many are still bumping their heads against the glass ceiling.

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4:39pm

Wed November 14, 2012
Technology

HackerFest highlights new cybersecurity technologies

Cybersecurity and technology companies have converged on upstate New York for the HackerFest technology trade show this week. And new technologies are emerging to step up security and pre-empt the strategies of cyber criminals.

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4:49pm

Tue November 13, 2012
Regional Coverage

Cybersecurity addressed at HackerFest

Business leaders and IT professionals from across the Northeast will come together to learn about the latest developments in cybersecurity at the HackerFest trade show in upstate New York.

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10:49am

Mon November 12, 2012
Regional Coverage

Upstate universities to focus on rural veterans issues

Upstate social work programs are aiming to provide better rural services for veterans and their families. Universities from across upstate New York, including in Rochester, Buffalo, Albany and Syracuse, are taking part in a program funded by the Department of Health and Human Services to train students in remote areas.

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9:54am

Fri November 9, 2012
Technology

Kodak app aims to attract new users to old technology

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Kodak has launched a free iPhone app to help photography enthusiasts in the U.S and Europe work with their film stock.

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9:16am

Thu November 8, 2012
The Upstate Economy

RIT to invest in local start-up businesses

The Rochester Institute of Technology has launched a venture fund to help boost economic development in the region. Businesses with ties to the university will be eligible for funding through the fund.

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9:50am

Tue October 30, 2012
Regional Coverage

Mercy flights grounded during Hurricane Sandy

Mercy Flight Central, an upstate medical air service, shut down operations while hurricane Sandy blew over. Due to high wind warnings, they were not able to fly patients.

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4:02pm

Wed October 24, 2012
The Upstate Economy

IBM announces winners of Watson computer competition

Cornell University and IBM have announced the winner of a competition involving the Watson computer, made famous by a recent win on the TV show Jeopardy. Students involved in the 48-hour competition put forward ideas for new ways to use the computer.

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9:20am

Tue October 23, 2012
The Upstate Economy

New Rochester entrepreneurship center to open next fall

The Rochester Savings Bank building dates from 1927 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972
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Senator Charles Schumer says a new center to open in Rochester will be a model for cities all over the state and the nation. He made the statement at the launch of the new center for urban entrepreneurship in the city.

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9:47am

Mon October 22, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Expect a higher heating bill this winter

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A return to normal winter weather means New Yorkers can expect to see a rise in their heating bills. Those using natural gas to heat their homes will see higher bills despite a 12 percent drop in pricing.

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4:19pm

Fri October 19, 2012
Education

Student debt in New York state on the rise

Student debt levels rose by five percent last year according to a study by the Institute for College Access and Success.

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5:14pm

Wed October 17, 2012
Health

$4.2 million to help streamline patient care coordination

Eight companies will share in $4.2 million to help streamline patient care coordination and medical record sharing in New York state. The early-to-middle stage health IT companies will receive up to $300,000 each.

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4:26pm

Wed October 10, 2012
Technology

Company aims to revolutionize global standards for eye care

A mock up of the digital retinal camera.
Kate O'Connell WXXI

A western New York photonics manufacturing company has received a $973,000 grant from the National Institute of Health. The two year grant awarded to Lumetrics, is for the development of a clinically tested retinal imaging tool prototype.

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4:42pm

Tue October 9, 2012
Regional Coverage

Upstate wine industry uses the personal touch

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It’s the staple of just about everything. From dinner parties, to weekend shenanigans, to church, wine is a big part of our lives – and it’s a big part of the economy, too.

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4:16pm

Mon October 8, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Mobile reemployment teams tour state

Upstate New York is having a hard time getting over the recession. Unemployment in upstate rose to 8.5 percent in August, close to one percentage point higher than during August 2011, according to a new report from the New York State Department of Labor. New York’s rate peaked above the national trend, and this month Governor Andrew Cuomo started an initiative to help address the issue.

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5:23pm

Wed October 3, 2012
The Upstate Economy

NY Fed says job opportunities growing in high and low skill sectors

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

A new report from the New York Federal Reserve shows that advances in technology and globalization mean job opportunities are growing at both ends of the skill spectrum, but not in the middle.

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9:32am

Tue October 2, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Collaboration in western New York brings innovative product

SensGard LLC. makes hearing protection, but not the kind that you might be used to. Instead of large, wooly earmuffs they are producing small, foldable hearing protectors that look like ear plugs on the end of a headband.

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11:37am

Thu September 27, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Awards JumpStart opportunities for small businesses in New York

The Cornell Center for Material Research (CCMR) in Ithaca, has announced the winners for the Fall 2012 JumpStart program.

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Innovation Trail

Innovation Trail is a collaboration among six public media outlets - WRVO; WNED, Buffalo; WXXI, Rochester; WMHT, Albany/Schenectady; and WSKG, Binghamton, and NCPR, North Country Public Radio- covering issues affecting the Upstate New York economy.

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