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.



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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Thu September 12, 2013

Fuel cell grant powers hydrogen-powered bus development

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Federal officials visited BAE Systems near Binghamton recently to announce $13 million in grants for fuel cell-powered mass transit. The grants went to a range of manufacturers and transit agencies across the country.

At a refurbished IBM plant in Endicott, BAE’s Sean Murphy explained the zero emissions engines that are now being made there.

“The four components are a generator, so we need to generate electricity, being an electric motor that drives it.”

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Thu July 18, 2013

Minority shareholder bids for Endicott Interconnect

In a court filing on Monday, Endicott Interconnect Technologies revealed that one of its shareholders has entered a bid to buy it. The details were contained in the company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Integrian Holdings, an LLC owned by James T. Matthews, has made a $250,000 offer to buy Endicott Interconnect. Matthews is a minority shareholder in Endicott Interconnect, which is wholly owned by members of his family.

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Mon March 18, 2013

Jury still out on Cuomo's Energy Highway Blueprint

Upstate power plants like this coal plant in Lansing, NY would be helped if New York makes it easier to send power to New York City.
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Late last year, the Cuomo administration laid out its agenda to address New York’s future energy requirements. All this week, reporters from the Innovation Trail are putting different parts of that complex energy puzzle under the microscope.

In this first report, Matt Richmond examines the goals of that plan, known as the Energy Highway Blueprint.

Matt Richmond of WSKG reports on the Cuomo administration's vision for energy in New York.

It’s easy to miss this red-brick building. It’s on a residential street outside of Albany. There’s no sign telling drivers that the flow of all the electricity in New York State is being controlled inside.

The organization at the controls is the New York Independent System Operators or NYISO. They’re a non-profit created after New York’s energy markets were opened up in the ‘90s.

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