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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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.

It is time to pass the baton. That’s according to James Norman the President and CEO of Rochester’s Action for a Better Community. For 25 years Norman has continued the organization’s work to provide support and opportunities to low income residents in an effort to help families achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. As of December 31, that work will be in someone else’s hands. But before he officially steps down Norman joins this edition of Need to Know to talk breakthroughs, challenges and what you need to know, but likely don’t about the Rochester region’s poverty crisis. 


(AP) - The New York State Fair is hosting a competition for videos created using cameras on drones.

There are eight categories, including one for films featuring New York state. Videos must be no longer than five minutes, except for the corporate/industrial category, and at least half of each one must be shot using a drone or other unmanned aerial vehicle. 

A Gates man is dead following a motorcycle accident around 6 p.m. Wednesday on Dewey Avenue.

Rochester Police say a 28-year-old male from Gates was riding his motorcycle northbound on Dewey Avenue with two other motorcyclists when he struck a car trying to make a u-turn.

The driver of the car, a 61-year-old female from Rochester was attempting to make the u-turn in front of 1168 Dewey Avenue and drove into the path of the motorcycle. The motorcyclist struck the driver side of her car and died at the scene. 

Provided photo / Rochester Red Wings Baseball

The garbage plate is so synonymous with Rochester, the city's baseball team decided it was time to change their name to reflect it. Well, for a day anyway.

The Rochester Red Wings will be known as the Rochester Plates, but just for one game, on Thursday, August 10. The team will wear a jersey and cap that pays homage to the Rochester culinary creation.

Fred SanFilipo / WXXI

The final day of the 2017 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival was punctuated with artists like Sammy Miller & The Congregation, Balkun Brothers, and The Majestics. Here's a view of the final night of the festival through the lens of photographer Fred SanFilipo on our Flickr page

Matt Ryan New York Now

A state audit has found more problems including “squalid'' conditions at some hotels and motels used to house homeless people in New York.

The report issued by state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli on Tuesday. The audit is a follow up to a 2016 report that found problems at several hotels and motels used as shelters around the state.

NYS Canal Corp.

(AP) A few days after the first shovel was thrust into the central New York state dirt on July 4, 1817, to ceremoniously begin the building of the Erie Canal, the real work got started.

Fred SanFilipo / WXXI

Bonerama, Caravan Palace, and 4 By Monk By 4 were some of the performances during the penultimate day of the 2017 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. Relive some of the moments from Friday through the lens of photographer Fred SanFilipo on our Flickr page