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Zak Failla

Content Producer zfailla@dailyvoice.com

Equal parts Lois Lane, J. Jonah Jameson and Vicki Vale, Zak! has traveled from coast-to-coast covering small and big town community news in both in print and online for nearly a decade since his graduation from the award-winning Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College in 2010.

Before settling into the Hudson Valley, Zak! previously spent time in the New York Daily News newsroom and worked for hyperlocal digital news outlets on Long Island. He wrote sports for The Ithacan and The Ithaca Journal before taking his talents to the Pacific Northwest, where he served as the sports editor at the Shoshone News-Press until heading back east to work with Daily Voice.

Zak Failla's Contributions

  1. FBI Seeking To ID Man In Connection To Sexual Exploitation Investigation

    FBI Seeking To ID Man In Connection To Sexual Exploitation Investigation

    The FBI has released a new surveillance photo of an unknown man who may have information pertaining to the sexual exploitation of a minor.Law enforcement officials are seeking information regarding “John Doe 44” pictured above, who is believed to have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in a sexual exploitation investigation.The video showing the man is ...

  2. COVID-19: NY Pledges $15M To Help Boost Vaccination Rates In Lagging Areas

    COVID-19: NY Pledges $15M To Help Boost Vaccination Rates In Lagging Areas

    With the more transmissible Delta COVID-19 variant spreading rapidly across the country, state health officials are urging New Yorkers to ignore the rhetoric and go get the vaccine. During a COVID-19 briefing this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that nearly 75 percent of New Yorkers had been vaccinated, however, approximately 3.5 million people remain unvaccinated as the state ...

  3. Alert Issued For Online Scams While Shopping For Back-To-School Supplies

    Alert Issued For Online Scams While Shopping For Back-To-School Supplies

    With the new school year fast approaching and children returning to the classroom following a lost year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, parents are being cautioned to be aware of back-to-school shopping scams.As most classrooms prepare for in-person learning during the fall for the first time in more than a year, there have been reported shortages of some school merchandise, creating an ...

  4. New Poll Reveals Percentages Of Americans Who Want To Secede By Region

    New Poll Reveals Percentages Of Americans Who Want To Secede By Region

    A newly released poll found that many Americans would support their home states seceding from the United States and going at it on their own.Bright Line Watch and YouGov released results of a nationwide poll that found citizen support for their state to separate from the US has been on the rise, with 37 percent showing a “willingness to secede.” Support for secession was greatest in the ...

  5. Alert Issued For Man Who Goes By Many Names Wanted For Attempted Murder

    Alert Issued For Man Who Goes By Many Names Wanted For Attempted Murder

    A man wanted for attempted murder who goes by many names is at large and wanted by police in Westchester.An alert was issued by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision for Jeffrey Medaro, age 50, who was convicted of attempted murder, among other charges more than 10 years ago.Specifically, Medaro - who also goes by the names Jeffrey Medero, Jeffrey ...

  6. Man Wanted For Stealing $375 Worth Of Items From Long Island Walmart

    Man Wanted For Stealing $375 Worth Of Items From Long Island Walmart

    Know him? Police investigators on Long Island have released a surveillance photo of a suspect who is wanted after allegedly stealing hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise from an area Walmart.An alert was issued by Suffolk County Crime Stoppers who are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a man who allegedly robbed Walmart at the Centereach Mall in ...

  7. Alert Issued For Sex Offender Wanted For Attempted Murder, Other Charges

    Alert Issued For Sex Offender Wanted For Attempted Murder, Other Charges

    A Level 3 sex offender convicted of sexually abusing a teenager in the region is wanted by police.An alert was issued for 60-year-old Armendo Moreno, who is wanted by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, who allegedly had “deviate sexual intercourse” with his 17-year-old victim in Westchester County.According to the Division of Criminal Justice ...

  8. Bridge To Be Dedicated To MLK, KKK Victim From Westchester

    Bridge To Be Dedicated To MLK, KKK Victim From Westchester

    A stretch of a bridge in Westchester will be dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr. and former activist Michael “Mickey” Henry Schwerner, an area native who was killed by the Ku Klux Klan. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday, July 28 that he has signed legislation designating a portion of the 3rd Street Bridge connecting Mount Vernon and Bronxville the "Dr. Martin Luther ...

  9. Barney The Bull: SPCA On Long Island Arrange 'Forever Home' For Escaped Bovine

    Barney The Bull: SPCA On Long Island Arrange 'Forever Home' For Escaped Bovine

    Eight days later, Barney, the elusive bull on Long Island is still on the loose, though the SPCA has big plans or his future. The Suffolk County SPCA said that days after the bull escaped from being slaughtered, police reached out to SPCA Chief Roy Gross to coordinate with the rescue groups to help safely capture “Barney” and send it to Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue. Gross said ...

  10. COVID-19: Long Island Positive-Test Rate Increases Again; New Breakdown By County, Community

    COVID-19: Long Island Positive-Test Rate Increases Again; New Breakdown By County, Community

    Two new COVID-19-related deaths were reported on Long Island as the region's positive infection rate approaches 2.50 percent and the statewide average topped 2 percent for the first time in months.According to the Department of Health, the average seven-day positive COVID-19 infection rate on Long Island reached 2.42 percent on Tuesday, July 27 after hitting the 2 percent threshold last ...

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