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 October 30, 2012
Hurricane Sandy

Sandy spares the Southern Tier


The Binghamton area was largely spared the impact of Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath. The Innovation Trail’s Matt Richmond reports on what turned out to be a near miss.

On Tuesday morning, the storm’s center was near State College, Pennsylvania, heading northwest. Mike Evans is from the National Weather Service’s Binghamton office. He says it looks like Sandy will mostly pass by the Southern Tier.

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Thu October 25, 2012
Toxics Release Inventory

Enviros petition EPA for fracking chemical disclosure

Credit Environmental Impact Project

The Toxics Release Inventory was created in the 1980s, after 3,800 people died because of a toxic gas release at a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India.

The inventory, known as TRI, is administered by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Every year, the release of certain toxic chemicals are reported to the EPA and compiled in a public database.

Originally created to monitor chemicals released by manufacturers, the EPA has the power to expand the list of participating industries. Since its inception, mining operations, and utilities have been added to the list.

Oil and gas extraction is not on the list. But the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Integrity Project is now trying to change that.

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Mon October 22, 2012

Standard & Poor's: Marcellus transforming U.S. energy industry

According to a report issued last week by Standard & Poor's:

  • natural gas production in the Marcellus Shale will outpace production in the rest of the U.S. because of its proximity to Northeastern markets.
  • pipelines carrying natural gas from the West and Canada to cities in the Northeast will eventually be replaced by pipelines carrying gas in the opposite direction.
  • in about a year, when natural gas prices have risen to around $3.50, producers will return to the Marcellus first. The rate of return for "wet" gas produced in the Marcellus will be almost three-times higher than its closest competitor.

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Sat October 20, 2012
Hurricane Sandy

Sandy updates from upstate: Innovation Trail team

From the Innovation Trail Reporting Team.

BROOME COUNTY - Lt. Governor Duffy was at the Broome County Office of Emergency Management and made these comments about likely storm impact across the Southern Tier region earlier today:

"We expect high winds, we do expect several inches of rain. Hopefully far less than we experienced last time. The one thing that happened last time with Hurricane Irene any fluctuation can change things, so we just dont know."

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Fri October 12, 2012

Southern Tier school readiness program a success, so far

Nicola Delfino Flickr

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.

From day one, they offer new parents help, including home visits, and offer assistance on nutrition or with post-partum depression, whatever might come up.

And according to Ken Robin, a researcher at University at Albany, the project is proving successful. Robin analyzed the data collected once the project’s first group of kindergarteners had reached school age.

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