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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A report commissioned by the University of Rochester Board of Trustees on the allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation will be released Thursday. The report was done by an outside law firm, led by former U.S. Attorney and SEC Chair Mary Jo White.

The report will be released at 12:45 p.m. online, and a news conference will be held at the university at 1 p.m.

WXXI will provide extensive coverage including:

Governor Andrew Cuomo will deliver his State of the State address on January 3 from Albany. WXXI News will have coverage on television, radio, and online starting at 1 p.m.

Here's a rundown of our coverage plans:

TV: WXXI (cable 11/OTA 21.1) courtesy of New York Now

Radio: Simulcast on AM 1370, FM 88.5, and FM 107.5

Online: Live audio stream (click the play button above), Live video stream

The City of Rochester says they’re making enhancements to the city’s Freedom of Information or FOIL process. The revamp of the city’s FOIL webpage, now includes a “reading room” where you can see the latest FOIL requests and search past requests. As part of the upgrade, the city says user will get search results faster. 

Office of Gov. Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo gives his State of the State address on Wednesday (on WXXI Radio & TV at 1 p.m.), with one of his proposals aimed at making sure students are well-nourished.

Cuomo revealed his “No Student Goes Hungry” program on Wednesday and it has five ways that the Governor wants to help the nearly 1 million kids from kindergarten to college that the state says don’t have consistent access to nutritious food.

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(AP) Police are promising a bigger security detail than ever before at the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square.

New York Police Department officials say that while there are no specific or credible threats against the city, they're taking no chances.

(AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pardoned 59 people for nonviolent crimes, including 18 immigrants whose years-old convictions put them at risk of deportation despite otherwise law-abiding lives.

The governor announced his latest clemency grants Wednesday.

Cuomo has issued several previous immigration-related pardons. They don't automatically end deportation proceedings but allow someone to petition for relief.

Wednesday's announcement also includes 39 “youth pardons” to clear the records of people who were 16 or 17 when convicted and have been crime-free since.

Spectrum News

The only person to challenge Governor Andrew Cuomo in the 2018 election is Republican Assemblyman Brian Kolb. He’s from Canandaigua, east of Rochester. The next opponent could come from west of Rochester.

Joel Giambra was Erie County Executive (Buffalo and its suburbs) from 2000 to 2007. After a decade away from politics, he’s mulling a run for governor.

(AP) - Travelers and outdoor enthusiasts are being warned of extremely cold temperatures expected in the Adirondack Mountains through the holiday weekend.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind-chill advisory for most of the Adirondacks for Wednesday, with expected wind chills of minus-15 to minus-25 below zero.

Forecasters say even more dangerous conditions likely will develop Wednesday night and into Thursday.

Office of Gov. Cuomo

(AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a special task force created to crack down on illegal tobacco has seized more than $6 million worth of contraband cigarettes and cigars this year.

Cuomo announced Tuesday that the $6.6 million seized in 2017 is $1 million more than what authorities hauled in last year.

The contraband included more than 1.5 million illegal cigars and 47,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes. The state's Cigarette Strike Force also seized 134,000 counterfeit tax stamps and nearly $445,000 in cash.

(AP) Work has begun on a 136,000-square-foot Expo Center at the New York State Fairgrounds outside Syracuse.

State Fair Acting Director Troy Waffner says the new center is part of plans to develop a major year-round events business at the fairgrounds.

The Expo Center will be the largest events facility north of New York City and between Boston and Cleveland. It will have 110,000 square feet of programming space with 4,000 retractable seats and room for 500 exhibit booths.