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.



Wed October 12, 2011

Manufacturing forum ponders "a new Kodak"

Attendees study a map of Eastman Business Park at Tuesday's innovation forum.
Zack Seward WXXI

High Tech Rochester and Kodak teamed up on Tuesday for a manufacturing forum at Kodak's Eastman Business Park. The goal was to help local firms "connect the dots" with resources that can spark innovation.

The primary "dot" on display: Eastman Business Park itself.

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Fri October 7, 2011

Rochester to pay millions more for Midtown site

Work in progress: The City of Rochester has to pay millions more to the former owner of Midtown Plaza. The site is not yet "shovel ready" for future development.
Kristen Cavanaugh via Flickr

The City of Rochester announced Friday it's paying nearly $5 million more to the former owner of Midtown Plaza. That brings the price tag to nearly double what the city originally paid for the parcel.

The additional payment comes after a state Supreme Court judge ruled the city paid too little for the downtown property in 2008.

Rochester Mayor Tom Richards says coughing up more cash won't be easy - but that it could've been worse.

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Wed October 5, 2011
Morning trail mix

Kodak under the microscope

Jeffrey Hsu via Flickr

Today in your Trail Mix:

National media attention for the ailing photography pioneer.

Manufacturing jobs both coming and going.

Syracuse landlords facing bed bug problems.

And algae, algae everywhere.

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Mon October 3, 2011
Regional councils

Regional council workshop focuses on the funding

Agency officials led breakout sessions on how to land state money via the new regional economic development councils.
Zack Seward WXXI

For all the talk about “collaboration” and “efficiency” surrounding the governor’s new regional economic development councils, what it really boils down to is pumping state money into the economy - one project at a time.

On Monday, more than 150 people from the Finger Lakes region attended a workshop that kept that fact front and center. The workshop focused on the nuts and bolts of how specific projects would win state cash.

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Fri September 30, 2011

Report: Kodak may file for bankruptcy

According to reports, Kodak may file for bankruptcy to protect potential buyers of its multibillion-dollar trove of tech patents.
Capt Kodak via Flickr

Eastman Kodak is considering a bankruptcy filing. That’s according to a report from Bloomberg News, citing people familiar with the matter.

Kodak denied the report, issuing a statement late Friday saying the company has “no intention of filing for bankruptcy.”

The release did confirm other reports that Kodak had hired law firm Jones Day for restructuring advice, saying, “It is not unusual for a company in transformation to explore all options and to engage a variety of outside advisers.”

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