Emma Jacobs

Reporter, WRVO

Former WRVO/Central New York reporter for the Innovation Trail.

Emma Jacobs is a native of Boston. She studied history, so she went for more practical training in public radio at NPR member-stations WNYC and WBUR. She helped shape Wired's Haiti Rewired project, a 2010 Knight Batten Innovations in Journalism Awards notable initiative. 

She's contributed to NPR's National Desk, and to Living on Earth, The Environment Report, Only a Game, Voice of America, and Word of Mouth.  She now reports for WHYY in Philadelphia.



Fri April 1, 2011

GOP lawmaker changes stance on regional councils

Albany has reached an agreement on regional economic councils.
Karen Dewitt WXXI

Remember Governor Cuomo's regional economic councils? They were gone, and then in the final budget they were back.

Now one member of the Republican leadership in the State Senate says he's had a change of heart about the governor's plan for growing jobs.

Speaking in mid-March, Deputy Majority Leader Tom Libous (R-Binghamton) said he was "not sold" on the idea of regional economic councils.

"I've gone to companies," Libous said. "I give sales pitches because I believe in my community and probably I can give a better sales pitch than someone in economic development."

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Fri April 1, 2011
brain drain

Why do you stay? Why do you go?

Young professionals weighed in during the We Live New York summit.
Zack Seward WXXI

On the eve of our brain drain conversation taped last week, we visited the opening reception of the We Live New York summit. We wanted to know why the young professionals in the room were here. Not "here" as in Ithaca, where the conference was held, but "here" as in upstate New York. We also wanted to know what tempted them to leave.

Here's what we found out.

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Thu March 31, 2011
brain drain

How to become a young professional magnet

Signs of Toronto's booming condo market. The city's got buzz, but what's at its heart?
Emma Jacobs WSKG

Keeping young professionals in upstate New York has become a key talking point about revitalizing the region. But our neighbors to the north have managed to do more than just talk - they're doing.

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Tue March 22, 2011

Ithaca coal power plant goes all natural gas

Rodney Hulbert has been working at Cornell's power plant since he was 19.
Emma Jacobs WSKG

Rodney Hulbert has been loading coal at Cornell University's power plant for the past 30 years. Before him, his father and grandfather worked at the plant.

"There’s a lot of history up here for me," he says.

So yesterday marked the end of an era not just for Cornell, but also for Hulbert, as he and fellow employees gathered to load up the last coal that will be burnt to power the campus.

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Tue March 22, 2011
Women in science

Universities need to do more for women in math fields

Cornell University researchers say it's still more difficult to be a woman in the lab.
Smithsonian Institution via Flickr

Researchers at Cornell University say the numbers show that women are still underrepresented in math-heavy fields - which suggests that universities need to enact new policies.

You may remember the initial release of the study - we've been working to follow up with the husband and wife research team behind the data ever since.

Finally, after automotive breakdowns, a family bout of flu, and a near house-fire from a clogged laundry vent, Stephen Ceci and Wendy Williams finally found time in their busy work-family schedule to sit down and talk about what might be done to make working-while-parenting a little bit easier. 

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