Matt Richmond, WSKG


WSKG/Southern Tier reporter for the Innovation Trail.

Matt Richmond comes to Binghamton 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.



Tue July 1, 2014

Court of Appeals decision could prompt end of state moratorium

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In a 5-to-2 ruling, New York’s highest court has upheld the right of local governments to ban hydrofracking within their borders. The decision comes after a nearly three-year court battle over bans passed in the Towns of Dryden and Middlefield. And as Matt Richmond reports, fracking opponents hope to now spread the bans to towns that were waiting for the court’s final ruling.

The highly anticipated decision from the Court of Appeals spread like wildfire Monday through groups on both sides of the fracking debate. Local anti-fracking activists like Otsego 2000 and the Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition hailed the ruling for offering protection to communities in New York. Others, like Environmental Advocates of New York and the Natural Resources Defense Council, cheered the decision as a rare example of local concerns winning out over a powerful industry.

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Mon June 30, 2014
Home Rule

Court of Appeals rules towns can ban fracking within their borders

The Court of Appeals has decided that town governments in New York can prohibit hydrofracking within their borders, whether or not the state eventually starts issuing permits. As Matt Richmond reports, the decision ends a nearly three-year-long court fight.

The two cases involved a natural gas producer, originally Anschutz Exploration before Norse Energy took over, and a Cooperstown-area landowner named Jennifer Huntington, challenging drilling bans passed by the Towns of Dryden and Middlefield.

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Mon June 23, 2014

Marcellus waste ends up in NY landfills, study finds it could be radioactive

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Whenever an oil or gas well is drilled, the material that comes out of the well can include rocks and drilling mud and brine and water. New York and the other states in the Marcellus region allow that waste, which comes up before a well is fracked, into municipal landfills.

A study by the US Geological Survey found that the radioactivity associated with the Marcellus Shale is three times higher than in other layers.

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Thu February 27, 2014

Researchers track Golden Eagles in New York

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There’s a celebratory mood in the air on this cold Saturday in February, in the Catskills town of Andes. Members of the Delaware Otsego Audubon Society, with help from the Department of Environmental Conservation, had for the first time trapped a golden eagle on its winter migration from Canada.

A veterinarian and a DEC biologist measure the surprisingly calm eagle, draw blood and attach a small tracking device to its back. This female is small for a golden eagle, with a 6-foot wingspan, weighting ten pounds, and with talons that are long and black and a bit terrifying.

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Mon September 23, 2013

Researcher looks for Alzheimer's diagnosis in speech patterns

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The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s is expected to rise to 7 million by 2025. Alzheimer’s is hard to diagnose - there’s no way to know for sure who has it until after death. The Innovation Trail’s Matt Richmond reports on a Binghamton researcher launching a study that he hopes will help with early diagnosis.

David Shaffer is looking for Alzheimer’s patients so he can record their voices. Shaffer believes if he can get enough samples and enough funding, he could pinpoint how a deteriorating brain reveals itself in speech patterns, because so much of the brain is involved in speaking.

“We have to hear, we have to understand, we have to make decisions, we have to generate the motor controls that move the lips and the tongue, and so it just seems intuitive to me that if there should be some damage in the area of the cortex, either because of a stroke or disease mechanism like Alzheimer’s or brain injury, that it ought to leave a kind of identifiable fingerprint in the speech.”

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