Matt Richmond

Reporter, Innovation Trail, Southern Tier

Matt Richmond comes to Binghamton's WSKG, a WRVO partner station in the Innovation Trail consortium, from South Sudan, where he worked as a stringer for Bloomberg, and freelanced for Radio France International, Voice of America, and German Press Agency dpa.  He has worked with KQED in Los Angeles, Cape Times in Cape Town, South Africa, and served in the Peace Corps in Cameroon.  Matt's masters in journalism is from the Annenberg School for Communication at USC.

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12:53pm

Mon January 14, 2013
Politics and Government

Assembly hearing on fracking paints a dark picture

Opponents of hydrofracking are pushing the state to delay the permitting process until a health impact study is performed.
Matt Richmond WSKG

Public commenting on the state’s revised hydrofracking regulations closed on Friday. Final regulations are due to be released at the end of February. The Democratic-controlled state assembly held a public hearing on Thursday that included some heated exchanges.

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3:55pm

Thu January 10, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Cuomo says proposed casinos would draw tourists upstate

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During his State of the State address on Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered more details on a plan for casino gambling in New York state. If the governor gets his way, the proposed new casinos would come to upstate first.

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11:51am

Tue January 8, 2013
Politics and Government

Local officials challenge latest fracking deadline

A group called Elected Officials to Protect New York is pressing Gov. Andrew Cuomo to extend a 30-day public comment period that ends Friday. The comment period is for revised hydrofracking regulations released by the Department of Environmental Conservation in November.

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7:38am

Mon December 24, 2012
Fracking

Fracking opponents respond to new fracking regulations

New Yorkers Against Fracking founder Sanda Steingraber speaks at Unitarian Church of Ithaca.
Matt Richmond WSKG

Helen Slottje is an Ithaca-based lawyer who helped develop town bans against drilling. She spoke to a friendly crowd on Monday night at the Unitarian Church of Ithaca.

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8:14am

Thu December 20, 2012
Health

Can a warmer office make us healthier?

A heat dummy at Cornell University's Ergonomics Center, used to study the affects of different environments on the body.
Matt Richmond WSKG

At Cornell University’s Ergonomics Center, Professor Alan Hedge demonstrates new designs for a computer mouse. One looks like an old-fashioned desktop penholder. There’s one that looks like the throttle on a airplane. And another is long and flat.

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8:08am

Fri December 14, 2012
Energy

Fracking regulations released for comment

A 90-day extension of the rulemaking process is widely viewed as the last step before New York makes its final decision on hydrofracking.
Matt Richmond WSKG

For those on the pro-fracking side, the newest regulations are both a good sign and a troubling one. On the one hand, they're a light at the end of the tunnel, proof that permits for hydrofracking aren’t far off. But, on the other hand, fracking supporters say that the Department of Environmental Conservation has only answered the concerns of the anti-fracking lobby.

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8:46am

Fri December 7, 2012
Environment

Fracking water regulations leave some wanting more

Susquehanna River Basin
Credit NASA Earth Observatory

The Department of Environmental Conservation recently released regulations on water withdrawals that would cover the natural gas industry in New York.

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8:00am

Sun December 2, 2012
Environment

Researchers work to expand Northeast's biofuel industry

Cornell researcher Brian Richards stands in a switch grass field that's part of NEWBio project.
Matt Richmond WSKG

Solar and wind power have gotten a lot of the attention as promising alternative power sources. But energy extracted from plants, known as biofuels, is also the subject of ongoing research.

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4:51pm

Mon November 12, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Byrne Dairy to join growing NY yogurt industry

Anthony Albright Flickr

The yogurt industry in upstate New York is getting attention as a bright spot in the region's lackluster economy. Now, Byrne Dairy is will be joining other companies in this growing agribusiness.

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8:00am

Sat November 10, 2012
Environment

Insurance industry prepares new products to deal with fracking

baasiilb15 Flickr

Nationwide Insurance announced earlier this year that damage from hydraulic fracturing won't be covered under its homeowner policies.

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8:13am

Fri November 9, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Startup Weekend coming to Binghamton

Cris Olsen is a Binghamton-based entrepreneur and a mentor at Startup Weekend.
Matt Richmond WSKG

Chris Olsen is a budding entrepreneur. He runs an online marketing company in Binghamton called RS Webworks. It's the third company he's founded, and he's just 23-years-old.

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10:45am

Tue October 16, 2012
Education

Southern Tier school readiness program a success, so far

The research on this is pretty clear: between the ages one and five, the human brain develops faster than at any other time. In Chemung County, a project called the School Readiness Project sends nurses to the hospital whenever a baby is born.

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11:36am

Mon October 8, 2012

8:09am

Mon October 1, 2012
Environment

Green Jobs Green New York off to a slow start

Pat Dundon in the office, surrounded by workarounds for the energy efficiency modeling software TREAT.
Matt Richmond WSKG

The walls around Pat Dundon's desk are slowly filling up with white printouts. Some have the letterhead of the state's energy research organization NYSERDA, and others are lists he's created. His involvement in a program called Green Jobs Green New York has produced all this paperwork. Through the program, NYSERDA offers low-interest loans for energy efficiency upgrades.

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4:49pm

Tue September 25, 2012
Regional Coverage

Sikorsky Aircraft to close Big Flats plant

The Connecticut-based helicopter maker Sikorsky announced on Monday that it will close its Southern Tier plant at the end of the year.

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10:00am

Sun August 19, 2012
Technology

Radical hearing aid design draws on an unlikely inspiration

Ron Miles holds prototypes of his hearing aid microphone.
Matt Richmond Innovation Trail/WSKG

While the majority of us would be very happy to see out the summer without flies ruining our outdoor dining experience, one particular species of fly has provided the inspiration for a potential breakthrough in the technology of hearing aids. It's not just any old house-fly we're talking about, though.

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4:09pm

Fri July 27, 2012
Regional Coverage

Storm update: Preliminary findings confirm tornado in Elmira

After Thursday's severe thunderstorms, thousands in the Southern Tier and Mid-Hudson regions continue to recover from the heavy winds. The National Weather Service says a tornado caused some of the damage.

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9:51am

Wed July 25, 2012
Technology

Climbing robots take on dangers of high-elevation work

International Climbing Machines president Sam Maggio demonstrates his company's climber.
Matt Richmond Innovation Trail/WSKG

International Climbing Machines (ICM) has its headquarters in a shabby warehouse on the outskirts of Ithaca.

The workshop is hardly bigger than a three-car garage. Metal shelves filled with spare parts line the walls, and in one corner there’s enough space for company president Sam Maggio to show off his device.

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4:42pm

Thu June 14, 2012
Regional Coverage

Cuomo on possible hydrofracking plan

In a New York Times article published Wednesday, a plan for the first stage of hydrofracking in New York state was laid out by members of the Cuomo administration. But in a radio interview Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo himself was reluctant to actually call it a plan.

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2:10pm

Thu June 14, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Can two Ithaca lawyers keep fracking out of New York state?

Helen and David Slottje moved to Ithaca in 1999. During the next ten years, they slowly transformed from corporate lawyers to the driving force behind New York's local drilling bans.
Matt Richmond/Innovation Trail

The fate of hydraulic fracturing in New York is still being determined by state regulators.

But that doesn’t mean municipalities aren’t taking action.

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11:57am

Mon May 7, 2012
Environment

State regulation of wastewater is questioned

A new report from Environmental Advocates of New York is questioning the state's regulation of wastewater from oil and gas wells. The study is based on about 100 drilling applications filed with the Department of Environmental Conservation.

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12:37pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Regional Coverage

How odd weather is hurting New York fruit growers

An early warm spell this year led to early buds. A severe cold snap followed shortly thereafter. On the heels of a freak snowstorm, upstate fruit growers are now waiting to find out how much damage has been done.
Matt Richmond WSKG

The apple crop in New York is the second-largest in the country, behind only Washington State. Cherries, peaches, apricots and grapes are also big business in New York.

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11:40am

Fri April 20, 2012
Politics and Government

Ron Paul campaigns at Cornell University

Gage Skidmore via Flickr

Ron Paul's presidential campaign came to Cornell University Thursday ahead of next week's all-but- decided Republican primary. Congressman Paul's speech was half lecture and half rally-cry.

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8:16am

Mon November 14, 2011
Environment

Public hearings on hydrofracking set to start Wednesday

The Department of Environmental Conservation begins holding hearings on the rules that would govern hydrofracking this week. New Yorkers have watched closely as fracking has unfolded in Pennsylvania and some are wary that environmental abuses could happen here ¿ while others are eager for the economic boom drilling could bring. The Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports.

Libby Foust lives on a quiet gravel road outside Ithaca, in a farmhouse with a 360 degree view of green hills, woods and grain silos.

She moved her family here from a farm in Troy, Pennsylvania.

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