Ryan Morden

Reporter, WRVO

Innovation Trail alumnus Ryan Morden is originally from Seattle.  He graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor's in journalism, minoring in political science and Scandinavian studies.  Morden was Morning Edition producer and reporter at WRVO before moving over to the Innovation Trail project.  Before landing at WRVO, Morden covered the Washington State legislature as a correspondent for Northwest News Network (N3), a group of nine NPR affiliates in the northwest.

Prior to his work at N3, Morden worked as an assistant morning news editor at KIRO radio, a commercial news/talk station in Seattle.  He also produced talk shows for CBS Radio commentators Dave Ross and Ron Reagan.

Morden enjoys government and politics, reading non-fiction and literature from the edges, baseball, road trips, brew pubs, road races and catching up on TV shows online.  He currently serves as a freelancer, covering congressional issues.



Fri August 20, 2010

New food and beer ventures highlight old Syracuse

The good old days.
Image courtesy U.S. National Archive via Flickr

Enjoying Syracuse history doesn't have to come from stuffy museums or books. A couple new ventures show that history can be found in a glass or at a local eatery.

"SyracuseDiners.com" is a multimedia guide to diners in Syracuse. It's interactive, displays menus, and informs readers about diner culture.

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Fri August 20, 2010

How ethanol is made

Fields of plenty.
U.S. National Archive Creative Commons license

An old Miller Brewing plant in Fulton, N.Y. was retrofitted to make ethanol. Recently, Sunoco took over the plant.  

Read the story or watch the video to see how corn becomes fuel.


Fri August 20, 2010
Future of Higher Ed

Could the Internet put SUNY out of business?

Microsoft founder Bill Gates
Image courtesy gatesfoundation.org

The big take away from Bill Gates’ discussion at the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe, CA was the idea that education will be less “place-based.”

According to MG Siegler's piece at TechCrunch.com, Gates said,” Five years from now on the web for free you’ll be able to find the best lectures in the world.” 

You can sort of already do that on sites like TED or just by doing a topic search on Youtube. Gates says that kind of widespread knowledge will be better than any single university.

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