Kate O'Connell

Innovation Trail Reporter

Kate O’Connell comes to WXXI from Melbourne, Australia, and studied journalism at Royal Melboure Institute of Technology.

During her studies, Kate was a freelance journalist, reporting from Nepal and Haiti, and worked with the media team of the United Nations partner group, International Organization for Migration.

Kate's experience also includes work for the Shepparton News, Australian Broadcasting Company, Melbourne’s Channel 31, RRR radio and WIN television.


NPR Story
9:20 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Definition of STEM economy needs to be broadened report says

Brookings Institution

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 4:53 pm

A new report from the Brookings Institution argues that more resources for training workers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) should be directed at non-degree education providers.

The need for more STEM grads is a familiar cry from industry leaders and politicians alike. But, this new report argues there’s a large potential workforce being ignored because STEM jobs are being too narrowly defined.

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WXXI Top Stories
5:52 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Muller Quaker Dairy Plant to Boost Dairy Industry

Sen. Schumer joins Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi and Theo Muller in taking a scoop from a giant Mulle Quaker yogurt tub
Kate O'Connell

Upstate New York’s newest Greek Yogurt factory opened its doors in Batavia Monday. The factory is a joint venture between Pepsi and German dairy giant, the Theo Muller Group. The Muller Quaker Dairy Plant is touted as a shot-in-the arm for the dairy industry in western New York.

The 350,000 square foot facility will produce several yogurt products, including the fast growing Greek Yogurt varieties. The plant will initially operate three lines, producing more than 120,000 cups of yogurt per hour.

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WXXI Top Stories
2:36 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Valeant Pharmaceuticals CEO Speaks Highly of Bausch + Lomb Deal

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Michael Pearson, the CEO of Canadian drug maker Valeant Pharmaceuticals has spoken publicly about their purchase of Rochester-based Bausch + Lomb for the first time since the deal was announced Monday.

Pearson says the deal brings an opportunity for Valeant to immediately grow their presence in the global eye health market.

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WXXI Local Stories
1:38 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Rochester, The Next Solar Capital?

Lt. Governor Duffy promotes Natcore's expansion as an economic shot-in-the-arm
Kate O'Connell

Lt. Governor Bob Duffy has announced half-a-million dollars in tax credits for solar technology company Natcore. The credits come as an incentive for the company to expand its footprint at the Eastman Business Park in Rochester.

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11:30 am
Thu May 16, 2013

URMC Lab Mixes Medicine and Engineering to Tackle Challenges in Vascular Surgery

An aneurysm model is put to the test in the lab to see what pressure will cause rupture
Kate O'Connell

Listen to Doran Mix explain how the lab has created a patient specific diagnostic tool

  Abdominal aortic aneurysms are one of the top ten causes of death in men over the age of 55, and upstate New York has higher rates of this condition than the rest of the country.

Researchers are now working on patient-specific diagnosis and treatment for the condition.

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WXXI Top Stories
10:38 am
Wed May 8, 2013

IDAs Need To Be More Transparent, Accountable Says Comptroller

New York state Comptroller's office

The state Comptroller’s office has released its annual report on New York’s 113 Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs), with concerns raised about the effectiveness and transparency of the organizations.

In 2011, IDAs across the state provided more than half a billion dollars in net tax exemptions to 4,486 projects.

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3:27 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Kodak to Exit Bankruptcy as Early as July

Kodak expects to emerge from bankruptcy as early as July according to the company’s reorganization plan filed late Tuesday.

The 78-page document filed with the US Bankruptcy Court, states the company expects to issue new stock to some of its creditors for almost $3 billion of unsecured debt. But under this plan, current shareholders would see their stock become worthless. 

Analyst George Conboy, President of Brighton Securities says that’s pretty standard for a company in Kodak’s position.

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WXXI Top Stories
1:26 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Kodak Reaches Deal To Sell 2 Businesses


Kodak has reached a deal to turn its legacy personalized and document imaging businesses over to its largest creditor in return for wiping out pension obligations in the UK.

The agreement with UK Kodak Pension Plan (KPP) involves the sale of the imaging businesses for $650 million, and the settlement of nearly $3 billion of claims by KPP against Kodak and some of its affiliates.

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WXXI Local Stories
10:22 am
Mon April 29, 2013

US Chamber of Commerce to Support Young Entrepreneurs

Young Entrepreneurs Academy

UPDATE: Connor Christian, a 13 year-old from Texas took out the top prize Friday night with his Rubber Boot Buddy idea. His invention is meant to be installed in the back of a truck to keep rubber boots in place and easily accessible.

Christian won $30,000 scholarship to RIT as well as a trip to America’s Small Business Summit and a chance to pitch his idea on the TV show, Shark Tank.

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WXXI Local Stories
5:05 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Advanced Video Processing Could Help Law Enforcement


Investigators in Boston this week quickly began sifting through more than two thousand video and still images of the marathon route looking for potential suspects in bombing, with crowd sourcing becoming the newest tool in the arsenal of law enforcement agencies.

But researchers in Rochester are working on new technology that could make it easier to analyze the enormous volumes of visual content available from devices like smartphones and surveillance cameras.

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