Juan Vazquez

Digital Engagement Director

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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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Monroe County on Tuesday reported 509 new cases of COVID-19.

There were no new deaths, the total is 685 to date.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 620 new cases per day.  The seven-day rolling average positivity rate for Monroe County is 9%.

There are 894 people in the Finger Lakes Region hospitalized with 157 of them in ICU.

The percentage of total hospital beds available in the Finger Lakes region on a seven-day rolling average is 31%. The Finger Lakes has the second highest percentage of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the state.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Gov. Andrew Cuomo again expanded the vaccine eligibility requirements in New York to include anyone over the age of 65.

Cuomo said Tuesday that the state's following new federal guidance issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“I don't want New Yorkers to think that we are not doing everything we can to make them eligible for the vaccine, because I want to keep people in New York as calm as we can keep people in these anxious times,” Cuomo said. “And I don't want people to think that people in any other state are eligible when they're not.”

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Preparing for the holidays can bring on stress, and that stress can be expressed at other drivers while behind the wheel.

AAA of Western and Central New York is asking drivers to be cognizant of their driving habits in order to avoid aggressive driving, or road rage. The AAA Foundation for Traffic safety says 80% of U.S. drivers expressed significant road rage while driving at least once a year.

Monday’s coronavirus report from Monroe County showed a decrease in the daily number of cases in the county from the previous day.

The update reported 148 new confirmed cases of COVID-19; the seven-day rolling average is 158 new cases per day.

The county's Public Health Department says 40 of the new cases were reported by people in their 20s and 31 cases reported by people in their 30s.

There were no new deaths, keeping the total number of deaths at 307. The county says 129 people are hospitalized with coronavirus, with 22 in the ICU.

NEW YORK (AP)  Personal injury attorney Steve Barnes, whose law firm Cellino & Barnes was known on two coasts for its catchy TV jingle, was killed Friday in a small plane crash in western New York.

Barnes, a registered pilot, died along with his niece, Elizabeth Barnes, his longtime law partner told The Associated Press.

The single-engine Socata TBM-700 crashed at about 11:45 a.m. in a wooded area near Pembroke, New York, authorities said, as it neared the end of a flight from Manchester, New Hampshire.

HomeStage: Jon Seiger

Jul 24, 2020

Musician Jon Seiger lost his hearing when he was 32 years old. Cochlear implants in both ears has allowed Seiger to return to his world: music. He's on HomeStage to share part of his world with you.


In what seemed inevitable, the Rochester Red Wings' 2020 season has been canceled. This comes as Major League Baseball informed Minor League Baseball that it won’t provide players for the 2020 season. 

The coronavirus pandemic created a unique situation in the 27th Congressional District.

After the resignation of Chris Collins, Gov. Andrew Cuomo decided to hold a special election in April to fill the seat -- but that election, between Democrat Nate McMurray and Republican Chris Jacobs, ended up being moved to Primary Day because of the pandemic.

Two primaries to see who will run for the seat in the general election are taking place in the district, one Republican, one Libertarian.

Adam Bello’s win in last year’s Monroe County executive election left a vacancy in the county clerk’s office -- one that Gov. Andrew Cuomo filled from a familiar Assembly district.

Cuomo tapped 136th District Assemblyperson Jamie Romeo to fill the rest of Bello’s term, just like he named Bello, who was in that same seat, to fill Cheryl Dinolfo’s term when she became county executive in 2016. Now, Romeo faces her first challenge, a Democratic primary, in an effort to keep the seat.

Two local State Senate districts, the 56th and 61st, each have Republican incumbents who are not seeking re-election, but the primaries in those districts are for Democratic and Independence candidates.