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.



Fri August 20, 2010

Open source government

Good luck making this more transparent.
Image courtesy silive.com

It's plenty common to see a chief information officer in a business or even in a government - and now New York's state senate has one too. But can an open source advocate have an impact on a notoriously closed body? Zack Seward and Dan Bazile are on the case.

WMHT's Dan Bazile's video piece about the state senate chief information officer aired on Need to Know Rochester last week.

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Tue August 17, 2010

Where's the innovation?

Some of us have been doing more reading on the Marcellus Shale than should be humanly possible to prepare for our upcoming series. And we invite you (you!) to weigh in with your innovation angle on the drilling controversy.

Some trail mix to get you going:

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Mon August 16, 2010
Wind power

Confuse a letter carrier by sending mail to wind turbines

Want a penpal? Try this turbine.
Ryan Morden WRVO

Today we went out to the Fenner Wind Farm where one of the turbines came crashing to the ground back in late December.

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Wed August 4, 2010

From the editor's desk: Who are we?

We're the Innovation Trail, a collaboration between five public media outlets in upstate New York. We're looking at New York's "innovation economy" and reporting about the connections between investment and education, politics and people, technology and geography, as the state attempts to pull its economy up by its bootstraps. What does that actually mean? Our reporters are looking for - and finding - innovation everywhere. Here's what's coming down the pike.

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