Rachel Ward, Editor


Editor of the Innovation Trail.

Rachel Ward is based at WXXI in Rochester.  She edits the multimedia work of the Innovation Trail crew and oversees the project's content and editorial vision.

Prior to joining the Innovation Trail, Ward reported on business and the economy in western New York with NPR's Economics Training Project, and hosted All Things Considered at WXXI-AM. Her reports have appeared locally and nationally.

Ward came to WXXI after earning a master's degree in telecommunications through Ohio University's public broadcasting fellowship program, where her thesis research centered on how public broadcasters are reacting to new technologies like podcasting.

Ward has also worked for the Association of Public Television Stations, and interned at WAMU-FM in Washington, DC. Her undergraduate degree in anthropology and English is from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Today in your Trail Mix:

New York's jobs picture is looking up, once again.

A wind development deal for the Great Lakes.

Plus, Cornell goes "BOOM."

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Today in your Trail Mix:

New York City and an upstate manufacturer work out a deal.

Landowners in Tioga County are hoping they've found a loophole in the state's moratorium on fracking.

SUNY funding stable in budget, community college cash is up.

Plus, jobs picture still bleak at a Niagara Falls job fare.

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Today in your Trail Mix:

The governor repeats the "jobs, jobs, jobs" refrain in praise of his state budget.

Kodak employees get hit with a pay freeze.

Plus, the shale boom has ups and downs for small business owners.


The governor says the newly agreed-upon state budget is all about jobs and economic development, including $1.2 billion for infrastructure spending (Jimmy Vielkind, Times Union).

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Today in your Trail Mix:

Anti-fracking activists targeting the state budget, a WNY senator, and a fracking ban.

Occupy Buffalo "attends" an IDA meeting.

Plus, a new look for Canadian cash.

Natural gas

Anti-fracking activists are targeting Buffalo senator Mark Grisanti in his role of chair as the Environmental Conservation Committee. They want him to clear through a bill that would ban fracking (Eileen Buckley, WBFO).

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Today in your Trail Mix:

Prognostications on the passage of the state budget.

Fighting fracking with $100,000 in prize money.

IDA reform in western New York.