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 two incumbents on the Rochester City School Board won their Democratic primary, and they’ll be joined on the Democratic lines in November’s general election by a newcomer.

School Board President Van White and Vice President Cynthia Elliott each took over 20 percent of the vote, while Natalie Sheppard took 15 percent of the vote to take the third spot that was up for grabs. The three outpaced the other candidates, Sabrina Lamar, Beatriz LeBron, and Cecilia Golden.

Four years ago in the Democratic primary for Rochester mayor, Lovely Warren was the underdog. The polls showed it. They were wrong.

Four years after that upset and her subsequent victory in the general election, Democratic voters again put their trust in Warren as she easily beat challengers James Sheppard and Rachel Barnhart in Tuesday’s mayoral primary.

Warren won with about 62 percent of the vote, to just under 22 percent for Sheppard and just under 16 percent for Barnhart.

Primary Races (Asterisk [*] denotes unofficial winner)

City of Rochester Mayor

Lovely A. Warren 12,370*

James M. Sheppard 4,413

Rachel A. Barnhart 3,130

Rochester City Council Democratic Primary (5 winners)

Mitch D. Gruber 7,554*

Malik D. Evans 10,555*

Marcus C. Williams 2,919

Matt Juda 4,708

Jackie Ortiz 9,067*

Dorian L. Hall 1,864

Willie J. Lightfoot 9,073*

Ann C. Lewis 3,942

Mary Lupien 6,596

Thomas M. Hasman 1,427

WXXI News provides live coverage of Tuesday night’s primary election returns. Here’s our coverage plan:

Radio and live stream audio

9 p.m. on AM 1370, WXXINews.org (click play at the top of the page), and our mobile app for iOS and Android.

We recently invited the “new faces” in the race for Rochester City School Board to Need to Know. We touched upon everything from poverty and equity to race and cultural competency. The candidates shared their ideas on how to help students excel academically and personally while in a district working to address its share of challenges. On this edition of the program we’ll hear from the incumbents in the race.  Current school board President Van White and current Vice President of the school board, Cynthia Elliott. There are currently three seats up for grabs on the board with 6 candidates - all Democrats - seeking a position with the decision-making body of the Rochester school system.

The debate featuring the candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in the Rochester mayoral race - Lovely Warren, James Sheppard, and Rachel Barnhart, is Thursday, September 7.

AM 1370, WRU88.5 FM, and WXXINews.org will have live coverage of the debate starting at 5:30 p.m. The debate is hosted by News 8  and the League of Women Voters. Adam Chodak will moderate the debate. 

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.