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 May 8, 2012
Morning Trail Mix

Obama in Albany

President Obama spoke at GE headquarters in Jan. 2011.
Matt Ryan WMHT

Hello, hello! Here's your Tuesday Morning Trail Mix:

President Obama returns to the Capital Region.

IBM is staying in the Southern Tier.

And, tires!

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Fri May 4, 2012

Sneak peek: Rochester City Hall's new green roof

The swaths of succulents are designed to absorb rainwater, minimizing the flow of pollutants into the region's waterways.
Zack Seward WXXI

The city of Rochester just completed work on its first ever "green roof."

The roof of City Hall's Building B is now home to 8,700 square feet of succulent plants.

"It's basically for storm water management," says Anne Spaulding, the city's sustainability manager, during a rooftop tour. "All of the rainwater - instead of running into the storm system - is consumed by the plants on the roof."

Spaulding says the thick carpet of sedum can reduce storm water runoff by up to 90 percent, depending on the amount of rainfall.

The goal is to reduce the amount of pollutants that flow into the region's streams, rivers and lakes.

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Thu May 3, 2012

Kodak cuts another 141 jobs

More bad news for Kodak employees.
Zack Seward WXXI

In a filing with the state labor department Wednesday, Kodak says another 141 local workers will lose their jobs.

The majority will be let go by mid-July.

The latest round of local cuts brings the number of layoffs since the imaging company filed for bankruptcy in January to 527.

That's according to the six separate filings Kodak has submitted to the state.

Kodak ended 2011 with just over 5,000 employees in the Rochester area. At its peak in 1982, that number was over 60,000.


Thu May 3, 2012
Morning Trail Mix

Minimum wage fight heating up in Albany

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua) and other Republican lawmakers are attacking a proposed minimum wage hike as a "job-killer."
Matt Ryan WMHT

Good morning, folks! Here's your Trail Mix of upstate economic news.

Both sides are gearing up for a fight over raising New York's minimum wage.

Rookie N.Y. lawyers will have to work for free.

And: Taking care of racehorses is really complicated.

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Mon April 30, 2012

Health care company to double its Rochester area work force

Bruce Caswell, president and general manager of Maximus Health Services, flanked by state and local officials at Monday's announcement.
Zack Seward WXXI

An international company that processes Medicare appeals is more than doubling its footprint in the Rochester area.

Maximus Federal Services already employs about 160 workers in Victor and Fairport.

Now, the Virginia-based company is expanding to a new Pittsford location, opening its doors in mid-May with roughly 325 workers.

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