Matt Ryan, New York NOW

Managing Editor, New York NOW

About Matt Ryan:

Matt Ryan is an award-winning television producer, writer, videographer and editor. He is currently the managing editor and host of the weekly, statewide public affairs program New York NOW, produced by Innovation Trail partner station WMHT.  Matt is also the producer, writer, editor and host of WMHT's documentary "Presidents in Our Backyard." 

Matt has been honored with national awards for programs in public affairs, documentary and historical programming categories. He received a 2011 Emmy nomination for New York NOW. Matt is a graduate of the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh.   

About New York NOW:

New York NOW is New York State's Emmy-nominated, in-depth public affairs program, featuring news, interviews and analysis from the Capitol. 

Each week, the program probes politicians, civil servants, journalists and others as they examine the impact of public policy on residents of the Empire State.

New York NOW airs on public television stations across the state.

Andrew Cuomo picked up a big endorsement this week from The Business Council while he was in Albany County.  Afterward the press got a chance to ask him questions on a variety of topics including Scott Waldman's recent scoop that revealed the Cuomo administration edited and delayed parts of the a key fracking study.  Waldman joins us this week to discuss the story and his reaction to the governor's response to his questions about the study.

We'll see you this weekend on your local PBS station, as our award-winning New York Now team celebrates their fifth anniversary together on-air.

New York NOW traveled to one of the most remote parts of the Adirondack Park to tell the story of a rural school district that has been able to stave off closing its doors - by opening them to international students. 

Smaller districts like this one in Newcomb, N.Y. are now pushing for a new law that will allow foreign students to stay longer than the one year currently allowed. 

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In case you missed it over the weekend, New York NOW headed to Rochester to chronicle the rise and fall of the Eastman Kodak company.

Watch the full episode here:

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The city of Rochester and the Eastman Kodak Company. You can’t mention one without the other.

For nearly 125 years, the Flour City’s most famous tenant has been its economic engine. But with the world weaning off of film and firmly enthralled with digital technology, Kodak has struggled to survive. On January 19th, the historic company filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.

This week, New York NOW hit the road and headed out to Rochester. We’ll chronicle the rise and fall of the Eastman Kodak Company and examine why, ironically, the city has been able to weather the recent economic downturn, unlike many of its upstate counterparts.

Watch the full story this weekend on your local PBS station.

This week's New York NOW features a one-on-one interview with longtime Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan).  

This week he put out a proposal that would raise New York's minimum wage to $8.50 per hour in January of 2013. It will surely pass his chamber, but is the governor on board?   

Silver sat down with Karen DeWitt of New York State Public Radio. He also talked about why he's pushing for a pay raise for his fellow lawmakers.

Watch the preview below, and tune in for the full interview this weekend on your local PBS station: