Zack Seward


WXXI/Finger Lakes reporter for the Innovation Trail.

Zack Seward had only a few weeks to catch his breath between graduating from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and becoming the first reporter hired for the project.

Prior to his graduate studies, Seward was a production assistant at the PBS NewsHour, where he researched and developed breaking news stories as well as features for both the Health and Arts & Culture units. He also served at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver with the NewsHour, and wrote for the NewsHour's Art Beat blog. 

Seward got his start in public media when he was an anthropology student at the University of Chicago, as a production intern for WTTW's Chicago Tonight. He has also conducted internships in regional transportation planning and neighborhood revitalization. He's originally from San Francisco.



Tue July 24, 2012
NPR Cities: Urban Life In The 21st Century

A City Faces Its 'Berlin Wall': An Interstate Highway

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 12:25 pm

A sign for Interstate 81 sits under an overpass in Syracuse, N.Y. City officials and residents are debating what to do about an aging stretch of the highway that cuts through the city.
Zack Seward for NPR

Interstate 81 runs through the heart of Syracuse, N.Y., where a 1.4-mile-long elevated stretch of the highway is known locally as "the viaduct." Like many road projects built in the middle of the last century, I-81 is bumping up against the end of its life span. While officials say it's still safe to drive on, the highway is crumbling in parts.

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Wed June 27, 2012
Higher Ed

Innovation Conversation: Higher Ed's Impact

Many upstate communities are anchored by universities.

They draw in students and breathe life into the region. But they also create jobs, fresh ideas and new companies.

The question is: How well is the upstate economy capitalizing on its academic institutions?

That's the topic of our latest Innovation Conversation: Higher Ed's Impact.

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Tue June 26, 2012

Gas Planet: A special radio show on the impact of fracking

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has unlocked vast reserves of natural gas once thought unreachable. This natural gas is touted as a cleaner fuel that can reduce carbon emissions. But new research is bringing that into question.

Gas Planet, a special hour of radio, explores whether unconventional natural gas drilling can help or hinder efforts to solve climate change.

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Tue June 26, 2012
Morning Trail Mix

Primary day?

Turnout for a handful of Congressional primaries is expected to be very low.
Zack Seward WXXI

Hi, all. It's Tuesday. Here's some Trail Mix.

It's primary day - but you wouldn't know it.

Upstate cities getting "smart" about urban development.

And: Tiger, Wi-Fi and roll-your-own cigarettes - oh my!

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Fri June 15, 2012

New York's 10 largest employers

#1, North Shore-LIJ Health System, employs 37,000 New Yorkers.

New York's largest private sector employer is Walmart. (CORRECTION 10:39 a.m.: The largest private sector employer is North Shore-LIJ Health System. I was supplied with an earlier, incorrect version of the report.)

The network of downstate hospitals employs 37,000 New Yorkers, according to new data from the Center for Governmental Research (CGR).

Walmart, the second-largest private employer in the state, employs the equivalent of 28,000 full-time workers.

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