Rachel Ward, Editor

@InnovationTrail

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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9:46am

Tue February 28, 2012
Morning trail mix

Lofts, debts spring up in upstate downtowns

Lofts are springing up in downtown Binghamton, creating a quiet renaissance.
Dee Adams via Flickr

Today in your Trail Mix:

Welcome to Marketplace's new Wealth & Poverty desk. Yesterday they brought us two moving portraits of what it's like to be part of the working poor.

Binghamton is growing a loft culture.

New York NOW looks at Kodak's rise and fall.

The governor softens his stance on pension reform.

Downtowns

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10:33am

Mon February 27, 2012
Morning trail mix

Regulator will look into job shifting charge in Monroe County

Lots of yummy bits in your Trail Mix this morning - including yogurt!
Marie Cusick WMHT

Today in your Trail Mix:

A campaign for more oversight of taxpayer funds used by industrial development agencies.

Another victory for home rule in a municipal drilling ban.

The debate over an underwater transmission line from Canada.

Plus, MORE YOGURT!

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2:56pm

Thu February 23, 2012

10:28am

Thu February 23, 2012
Morning trail mix

Kodak will be absent from Oscars broadcast

PictureWendy via Flickr

Today in your Trail Mix:

A dispute sparked by Kodak's bankruptcy will kick it out of the spotlight Sunday night.

The driller suing Dryden over its fracking ban is still deciding how to proceed after losing its challenge.

The regional councils are regrouping after last year's economic development competition.

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10:30am

Wed February 22, 2012
Morning trail mix

Incubator struggles with growth, Dryden wins drilling ban

To start off this morning, we'd like to offer a big welcome to Investigative Post, an investigative journalism project for western New York, hosted by Jim Heaney, formerly of the Buffalo News.  They crew starts off with a bang: a debrief on the governor's plan to spend a billion dollars in economic development money in Buffalo.

And today in your Trail Mix:

Business incubation ain't easy.

A small town wins the first round in the fight to ban drilling.

Plus, a thaw in sales forecasts at the Syracuse auto show.

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