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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The longest total solar eclipse on the East coast will be in Columbia, SC at 2:41 p.m. Live coverage of the total solar eclipse below is courtesy of South Carolina Educational Television. It begins at 2:30 p.m.

The broadcast will feature live footage from the South Carolina State Museum’s 2,500 square foot observatory and astronaut Charles Duke. Host Beryl Dakers will broadcast from the South Carolina State Museum.

Romeo Durscher / NASA

It is indeed dark during the day as a total solar eclipse makes its way from Oregon to South Carolina. Eleven states are in the path of total darkness. Follow the astronomical phenomenon's journey across America along with NPR journalists and others experiencing the eclipse.


WXXI is partnering with NPR and South Carolina Educational Television for coverage of the Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21. Here’s a rundown of all our coverage:

Live Blog: At 10 a.m. WXXINews.org will have NPR’s live blog that includes accounts from NPR reporters across the path of the eclipse.

AM 1370: At 2p.m. Here & Now will provide eclipse coverage from across the U.S., including Columbia, S.C., where the longest total eclipse on the East coast will occur.

Live Video: At 2:30 p.m., WXXINews.org will stream South Carolina Educational Television’s coverage of the longest total eclipse on the East coast from Columbia, S.C. The total eclipse will start at 2:41 p.m.

TV: At 9 p.m., WXXI-TV will air NOVA: Eclipse Over America, with coverage of how the country watched the first solar eclipse in the U.S. since 1979. 

The opera community has a lot going on, and by popular demand, we're staging an intervention. If you've resisted opera's charms, we'll see if we can figure out why, and how to turn you into an opera fan.

Our guests:

(AP) - A federal appeals court in New York City is getting conflicting advice from the government over whether a civil rights law covers sexual orientation.

The Department of Justice told the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in court papers Wednesday that sexual orientation is not covered by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The law bans workplace discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.


(AP) - State parks and New York Sea Grant are getting the word out about algae that can make dogs sick.

The problem is harmful algal blooms, which poison water with toxins from blue-green algae. The toxins can disrupt liver and nervous system function and cause skin irritation in people, pets and wildlife.

Dogs are especially susceptible because they often drink from ponds and lakes and eat scummy algal mats with attractive odors.


(AP) - New York has kicked electronic cigarettes out of school.

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed legislation immediately banning the use of e-cigarettes at all public and private schools statewide. He says the ban will help broader efforts to combat teen smoking. 

The ban covers school buildings, grounds and buses.

A state Department of Health survey released earlier this year found that e-cigarette use by high school students nearly doubled between 2014 and 2016 to more than 20 percent.

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(AP) - New York state is set to study the use of a device known as the “textalyzer'' that would allow police to determine whether a motorist involved in a serious crash was texting while driving.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that he would direct the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee to examine the technology, as well as the privacy and constitutional questions it could raise.

It’s been 200 years since the birth of the Erie Canal. While it was a game-changer in our nation’s history, on this edition of Need to Know we discuss whether it still carries economic weight.

Also on the show, what you may not see on the campaign trail in the race for Rochester mayor. This week we’re tagging along with Alex White to learn about the person behind the politician.

And, our Top of the Class series continues. We’ll talk with a recent high school grad with big goals to help create unity in our society through architecture and sports. 

A local event is giving the term “ladies night” a whole new meaning. Armed with knee pads and helmets young women in Rochester are coming together to hone their craft, learn new moves and build bonds through the sport of skateboarding. What has long been regarded as a male-dominated sport is seeing the development of “girl gangs” throughout the country and around the world. And it’s happening in Rochester. On this edition of Need to Know we’ll learn about the monthly Ladies Night events taking placing in the city and the rise of the female skateboarding community in Rochester.