Juan Vazquez

Digital Engagement Facilitator

Juan is responsible for digital audience engagement and digital strategies for WXXI News. He also fills in for Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

As a life-long Western New Yorker, Juan has had extensive experience in broadcasting, audience engagement, and promotion.

Juan was Director of Marketing and Public Affairs at World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara where he developed project and event management experience, budget creation and monitoring, and fundraising/sponsorship planning and solicitation and serving as a representative on the Binational Economic Developers Association.   

Juan's broadcasting experience includes stints at his hometown of Dunkirk, NY along with Batavia, NY where he handled morning shows, news reporting, operations, and sports play-by-play.  Juan has a B.S. in Communications from the SUNY Fredonia and an M.B.A. from SUNY Empire State.

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Joseph Morelle, Adam McFadden, Robin Wilt, and Rachel Barnhart will have thier final debate tonight at 8 p.m. before the Democratic congressional primary on Tuesday.

Here's how to watch tonight's debate:

Television: WXXI-TV (cable 11/OTA 21.1) 

Radio: WXXI AM 1370 & FM 107.5 

Stream: WXXINews.org (live video will be found here)

Facebook: WXXI News

The debate will end on TV and radio at 9 p.m., but we will continue the debate on our video and facebook streams after the conculsion of the TV/radio program.

Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

A new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration says the amount of crude oil being shipped by rail through New York state has increased. This includes Bakken crude oil, a highly volatile version of crude oil.

Because of this, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer is pushing the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Transportation to pass safety regulations that would help stabilize Bakken crude oil before being shipped via rail.

Spectrum News

Frontier Field will be the backdrop of the 2018 State of the County address by Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo on Thursday evening. The address begins at 7 p.m. and here is a rundown of WXXI's coverage:

Radio - AM 1370, FM 107.5

Streaming audio - WXXINews.org

Social media - Follow the address on Twitter at @WXXINews

Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

The annual Memorial Day Parade steps off at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of East Avenue and Alexander Street. The parade will proceed down East Avenue, then turn west on Main Street, finishing at the corner of Main Street and S. Plymouth Avenue. These streets, and the surrounding streets will be closed to traffic from 10 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m.

Before the parade, the following streets will be closed around 9:30 a.m. due to staging. The streets will reopen as the parade progresses:

Wayne County Sheriff's Office

An AMBER Alert has been issued for Owen Hidalgo-Calderon, the infant that was missing, along with his mother, since last week.

The official description for Owen a Hispanic male, approximately 1 year 2 months old with short, brown hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 2 feet and weighs about 30 pounds. Police say he is known to need asthma medication.

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Even though gas prices in Rochester have crested the $3-per-gallon mark — and national prices aren’t far behind — Americans are still going forward with their Memorial Day vacation plans.

AAA expects 41.5 million Americans to travel on this  holiday weekend, with 36.6 million driving to their holiday destination. Even with the rise in gas prices, it’s not keeping people home.

UPDATE: Amber Alert canceled on Thursday night; State Police say the child was located safely.  


An AMBER Alert has been activated after a child abduction in Schuyler County.


New York State Police say they are looking for an infant who was reportedly taken from a home in Montour Falls around 5 a.m. Thursday. The infant, Gionna Harter, is a black female, approximately 1 month old with short black hair and brown eyes. She is approximately 18 inches long and weighs around 9 pounds.


Veronica Volk / WXXI News

The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct recommends that City Court Judge Leticia Astacio is removed from office. The commission says that Astacio has 30 days to accept or appeal the decision.

If Astacio requests an appeal, the Court of Appeals may decide to uphold the commission’s decision, impose a different decision which could include admonition, censure, or removal, or the Court may take no action.  An appeal would take three to five months. If Astacio doesn’t request an appeal, the Court of Appeals will remove her from the bench.