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.



Tue March 13, 2012
Morning trail mix

Emotional, physical toll challenges flood victims

Flooding in downtown Binghamton following Tropical Storm Lee.
Courtesy photo Ed Aswad

Today in your Trail Mix:

NPR wants to know what the very heart of your city is, in images or sound. Here are details on how to capture the place that you think most epitomizes where you live.

Flood recovery is a slow and painful process for many.

Buffalo researchers are using light to heal wounds.

Plus: Is the EPA meddling, or doing its job?

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Mon March 12, 2012
Morning trail mix

Activists seek to shut down Scriba nuclear reactor

Marie Cusick WMHT

Today in your Trail Mix:

A coalition of green energy groups wants to shut down Scriba's reactor.

Norse Energy leads the way in applications to frack in New York.

SUNY Adirondack is en route to a new housing complex.


Activists plan to call on a federal agency to shut down a nuclear reactor north of Syracuse, arguing that it didn't comply with requested safety measures (Charley Hannagan, Post-Standard).

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Fri March 9, 2012
Morning trail mix

Labor Dept: NYS jobs "recovery is stronger than first estimated"

New York's economic recovery is a work in progress - but in many metros more people were on the job in January.
futureshape via Flickr

Today in your Trail Mix:

The monthly jobs report rodeo!

An oil industry insider charges environmentalists with "hysteria."

The Obama administration heads to Rochester to talk exports.

A Syracuse startup goes public with a new service to protect your rep on the web.

Plus, new bins double recycling in Buffalo.

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Fri March 2, 2012


Wed February 29, 2012
Morning trail mix

Albany is number 4 in Forbes "Cities for Jobs" list

This way to tech jobs.
e calmar via Flickr

Today in your Trail Mix:

Albany is a top job creating city.

A state agency gets dinged for "flagrant" abuse of tax dollars.

A health insurance CEO is retiring.

Plus, the reported economic impact of gambling.

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