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.



Wed October 5, 2011

Energy law opponents bristle at Albany "dictating their destiny"

Some communities don't want power lines blocking their sunset, so they're banding together against the "Article X" provision of a new state law.
Brian Hefele via Flickr

It was just a single bullet point in a giant omnibus energy bill.  

Tucked between energy efficiency initiatives in the Power NY Act, Article X (pronounced "article ten"), had support from advocates for green power, who wanted to make it simpler to site new power plants in New York.

But now that single bullet point has blossomed into something else: a fight.

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Thu September 29, 2011

Bank donates assets from bankrupt Syracuse Symphony Orchestra

M & T Bank President Allen Naples. Naples said Thursday that the bank always intended to return the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra's assets to the Syracuse community.
Emma Jacobs WRVO

The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra (SSO) had planned to celebrate its 50th season this year. But by June it was facing millions of dollars in debt, and was forced to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

The SSO relinquished its assets, with its biggest lender, M & T Bank, collecting two pianos and a collection of sheet music worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

But today there was a single ray of hope for the troubled - or perhaps more realistically, defunct - orchestra.

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Tue September 27, 2011

NYPA: Great Lakes offshore wind is dead

After long debate, GLOW has been officially extinguished.
Laurence Asuncion via Flickr

Today, New York's plan for offshore wind in the Great Lakes arrived at its final chapter. The New York Power Authority has officially closed a plan to site turbines offshore in Lake Erie or in Lake Ontario.

That's right, GLOW has gone out.

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Tue September 27, 2011
Morning Trail Mix

Capital Region gets big investment, Clinton comes to Albany

Marie Cusick WMHT

Today in your Trail Mix:

Albany has big news! IBM and Intel are set to grow upstate.

A Tonawanda company is trying to green electric cars.

Flooded businesses in the Southern Tier can get 0% loans.

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Wed September 21, 2011
Higher ed

"College completion" the goal of Syracuse tuition program

Deka Dancil is starting her second year of college with a "Say Yes" tuition guarantee.
Courtesy photo Say Yes to Education

Correction: The broadcast version of this story that aired on some Innovation Trail stations quoted Syracuse University tuition at around $50,000.  In fact, it is nearly $40,000.  

It's an ambitious idea:

Offer free college tuition to an entire school district, so that every student knows that higher education is a possibility, from day one.

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