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.

Ways to Connect

In the summer of 1982, Phil Housley was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres. Fast forward 35 years, he’s now the franchise's head coach.

The Buffalo Sabres today announced Phil Housley as the 18th head coach in franchise history. He’s also the seventh former player to serve as the team’s head coach.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. before the Senate Intelligence Committee. He is expected to field questions about Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election, the ongoing investigation of Russian contacts with Trump campaign and administration officials, and the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey.  

Here's how you can follow coverage of the hearing starting at 2:30 p.m.:

Radio: AM 1370, WXXI-FM 91.5 HD2

Television: WXXI World (OTA 21.2/cable 1275)

Live audio stream: click play in the audio player at the top of the page

Live video stream:

Former FBI Director James Comey will testify Thursday at 10 a.m. before the Senate intelligence committee as part of its ongoing investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential elections

Here's how you can follow coverage of the hearing starting at 10 a.m.:

Radio: AM 1370, WXXI-FM 91.5 HD2

Television: WXXI World - OTA 21.2 or cable 1275

Live audio stream: click play in the audio player at the top of the page

Live video stream:

The Pembroke Central School district is mourning the death of a teacher who was killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident over Memorial Day weekend.

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office says 33-year-old Dawn Krol, of Clarence, crashed an ATV on a road in the town of Yorkshire on Sunday evening. She was taken to a local hospital before being transported to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, where she died from her injuries.

Deputies say she was alone at the time of the accident, which remains under investigation.

(AP) - The debate over physician-assisted suicide has gone before New York State's highest court.

The Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday in a case filed by terminally ill patients who say they should be allowed to seek life-ending medication from their physician.

The attorney for the plaintiffs urged the judges to reverse a lower court ruling dismissing the challenge. He said existing laws against assisting a suicide shouldn't apply to terminal patients seeking help from physicians because of an underlying and incurable condition.


(AP) - New York State is setting aside $35 million to expand after-school programs.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the funds on Tuesday.

Cuomo says the investment in the youngest New Yorkers is an investment in the state's “very future” and will help “level the playing field” for children from vulnerable communities.

The money will go to schools with high childhood poverty rates. Officials say eligible districts can be found throughout the state.

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(AP) - Cornell University will receive $2.5 million in federal funds to support the development of new cybersecurity software.

U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the funding decision Friday. The two New York Democrats hailed the grant as an example of a smart investment in cutting-edge technology.

The money will come from the National Science Foundation. It's intended to help pay for the research and development associated with new software techniques intended to protect computer networks from cyber criminals.


(AP) - New York college students can apply for the state's free tuition plan beginning June 7.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation Board of Trustees approved Excelsior Scholarship regulations last week.

The initiative was a key priority for Cuomo. It covers tuition at state universities for full-time, in-state students whose families earn $125,000 or less.

Students must pay out of pocket for room, board and other expenses.

Join WXXI News a for Connections with Evan Dawson from the Little Theatre on Wednesday, May 31 from 12-2 p.m. Evan's guest will be Karen DeWitt, WXXI's Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio. Karen has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990. 

****UPDATE : as of 4:50pm Tuesday, this Amber Alert was canceled. State Police say the missing girl and the two teens were spotted after a tip in Farmersville, NY in Cattaraugus County. Any possible charges are pending an investigation.****

The New York State Police has activated the New York State AMBER Alert and is investigating a child abduction that occurred in Lyndon, New York - located near Cuba, NY - at about 5 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23, 2017. 

The child is 12-year-old McKenzie R. Wilson, police say she was last seen with Joshua R. Monette, 18, and John Harvey, 18.