A MetroFocus Special: Tech Campus NYC

December 21, 2011
Rafael Pi Roman

On Thursday, December 22nd, THIRTEEN and WLIW21 will debut an on-air MetroFocus special, “Tech Campus NYC.”

The special report, hosted by Rafael Pi Roman, with a special contribution from Jane Pauley, will take viewers behind the breaking news of the winning bid for Applied Sciences NYC. On December 19th, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that Cornell University and its partner, Israel’s Technion Institute, had won the competition for a land grant and $100 million from New York City to build a massive new technology and engineering school on Roosevelt Island.

Viewers will hear commentary about the local significance of this project from special guests including Cornell University President David Skorton, The Technion Institute President Peretz Lavie, New York Academy of Sciences Director of Innovation Karin Ezbiansky Pavese and New York City Economic Development Corporation’s newly appointed and first Entrepreneur at Large Steve Rosenbaum.

Jane Pauley speaks with Steve Rosenbaum, New York City Economic Development Corporation’s first Entrepreneur at Large

“Tech Campus NYC” will air on THIRTEEN on Thursday, December 22nd at 11 p.m., and will rebroadcast as an encore on Saturday, December 24th at 7:30 a.m. The special will also air on WLIW21 on Thursday, December 22nd at 5:00 a.m. will rebroadcast as an encore on Friday, December 23rd at 7:00 p.m.

“Tech Campus NYC” marks the next phase of a multiplatform initiative to bring local news and culture coverage to the tri-state region. The website for MetroFocus launched July 11, 2011.  A mobile platform is expected to launch in early 2012 as well.


“Tech Campus NYC” is a production of WLIW21 and the Interactive Engagement Group in association with WNET New York Public Media.

This MetroFocus special is made possible by the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Josh and Judy Weston, Jody and John Arnhold, James and Merryl Tisch, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, Jean and Ralph Baruch and the Metropolitan Media Fund. Corporate funding is provided by Mutual of America.