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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NPR and WXXI News will recap the news around President Donald Trump's dealing with Ukraine, and the impeachment inquiry during a one-hour special Wednesday night at 8 p.m. 

Ari Shapiro and Audie Cornish will be joined by a team of political correspondents, reporters, and editors. 

Listen on AM 1370, FM 107.5, WXXINews.org, your smart speaker, and on the WXXI app.

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Programming note: we have moved this special to Thursday, September 26 at 8 p.m. 

WXXI News and NPR will reflect on the career of Cokie Roberts with a special broadcast, "A Remembrance of Cokie Roberts," on Thursday, September 26 at 8 p.m. The special will air on AM 1370, FM 107.5, online at WXXINews.org, the WXXI mobile app, and on your smart speaker.

Michel Martin will host this special that will feature friends of Cokie’s, as well as audio of her reports and commentary over the years.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's office

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Wednesday that extends the statute of limitations for cases of rape and other sexual assaults.

The new law extends the statute of limitations for the following crimes:

Fake letters demanding payment for an outstanding tax debt are circulating around the state. The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance wants you to be on the lookout for these scam letters and to let the tax department know if you receive one.

The fake letters say that the tax department will take away our driver license and passport if you don’t respond. The letter also demands full payment by a specific date and has an 888 number to call. You can see one of the fake letters here.


Sep 5, 2019


New York State Police

The New York State Police and the Department of Transportation say last week’s Operation Hardhat was a success.

During the joint initiative, state troopers dressed as highway workers kept an eye on drivers traveling through work zones on state highways.

State Police say they issued 112 tickets; among them were 40 for speeding and 34 for cellphone use while driving. The initiative was to urge drivers to eliminate distractions while driving and to give highway workers room in work zones. Fines are doubled for motorists caught speeding in a work zone.

In the latest WXXI Business Report, a new survey of business leaders by the New York Federal Reserve shows continued expansion in the service sector. Plus, Kodak talks about a new Netflix series, Hyperdrive, which features fast cars running an obstacle course at the Eastman Business Park, and the University of Rochester gets a $1.5 million grant to work on quantum computing.

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(AP) - New York students who haven't been vaccinated against measles and other diseases are waiting to hear if they can go back to school.

The state requires all students be vaccinated, but until recently made an exception for those whose parents objected on religious grounds.

Some of those parents are now challenging the change in court, saying it will keep 26,000 children out of school and daycare.

On Wednesday, lawyers from the state and Children's Health Defense will argue the issue before a judge in Albany.

In the latest WXXI Business Report, it's speculation no more, as Gannett and GateHouse Media, two media giants with local roots announced a merger plan. Gannett owns the Democrat and Chroncile and was founded in Rochester, while GateHouse is based in Perinton and owns publications across the country including the Rochester Business Journal and the Messenger Post in Canandaigua.

Also, a new survey on small business employment shows some growth in wages, plus the local home builders association is encouraging young people to consider a career in the skilled trades.

New York State Fair

If your favorite food group is deep-fried, then the New York State Fair doesn’t disappoint. Make your way to the Fried Specialties booth, and you’ll be transported to a deep-fried fantasy that would stop the heart of a cardiologist.