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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(AP) - The Cuomo administration is inviting teachers across New York to enter a competition to develop classroom projects and activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women securing the right to vote in the state. 

New York voters approved a woman's right to vote in November 1917, three years before the 19th amendment granted the same right to women nationally. 


If you’re a fan of the Hidden Brain podcast, then you’ll be happy to learn that its host, NPR science correspondent Shankar Vedantam, and his team will launch a new weekly, one-hour radio version of Hidden Brain. The new series will air Saturdays at 11 a.m. on AM 1370, beginning October 7th, and repeats Sundays at 10 a.m. 

The University of Rochester is partnering with Harris Corp. to create the Rochester Data Science Consortium that will be housed on the UR campus.

The joint effort will help companies and governments analyze large amounts of data — an industry known as “big data” — in order to spot trends that can help the companies, consumers and citizens.

New U.S. Census data released today show that the Finger Lakes region has a lower uninsured rate than the state and national averages.

The lower rate means the region has more people with health insurance than other parts of the state and nation.

According to numbers analyzed by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, the Finger Lakes region's uninsured rate is 3.62 percent, lower than the New York state rate of 6.06 percent, and the national rate of 8.58 percent. 

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.