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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. COVID-19: Cuomo To Get $5M For Book On Pandemic, Tax Records Reveal

    COVID-19: Cuomo To Get $5M For Book On Pandemic, Tax Records Reveal

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will cash in on his book about leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic to the tune of more than $5 million. Cuomo, who has drawn criticism for patting his administration on the back by writing the book during the height of the outbreak, disclosed that he was paid a $3.1 million advance to write “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” ...

  2. Accused Serial Killer Robert Durst's Family Helped Cover Up Murder Of Wife, Attorney Says

    Accused Serial Killer Robert Durst's Family Helped Cover Up Murder Of Wife, Attorney Says

    Accused serial killer Robert Durst may have had a helping hand in covering up the disappearance of his first wife, according to new reports.Durst - whose life and case was made famous by the HBO miniseries “The Jinx” - has been accused of killing his first wife, Kathleen “Kathie” Durst after she suddenly disappeared at their home in New York, in Westchester County, in 1982. Her body has ...

  3. COVID-19: Massachusetts Announces Date It Will Start New CDC Mask Guidance

    COVID-19: Massachusetts Announces Date It Will Start New CDC Mask Guidance

    The light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel is fast approaching in Massachusetts. Gov. Charlie Baker announced that any remaining COVID-19 occupancy limits or restrictions will be lifted beginning Memorial Day Weekend, effective as of Saturday, May 29.Baker made the much-anticipated announcement on Monday, May 17 during a COVID-19 briefing.Restrictions will be lifted for all industries, ...

  4. COVID-19: Date Announced When Mask Mandate Will Be Dropped For Vaccinated People In NY

    COVID-19: Date Announced When Mask Mandate Will Be Dropped For Vaccinated People In NY

    New York will be loosening its mask and social distance guidance as it follows the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).During a COVID-19 briefing at Radio City Music Hall on Monday, May 17, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that as of Wednesday, May 19, the state will be adopting new guidelines for those who are vaccinated. The new guidance ...

  5. Five Police Cars Damaged By Baseball Bat In Westchester

    Five Police Cars Damaged By Baseball Bat In Westchester

    A bat-wielding person in Westchester damaged several police cruisers during a memorial for fallen officers over the weekend.Five vehicles at the Tuckahoe Police Department are in need of repairs after being damaged by a man with a baseball bat on Saturday, May 15 as an annual memorial was held for fallen officers.Police were able to quickly apprehend the 26-year-old suspect, who also ...

  6. Massive, Days-Long Forest Fire Still Burning In Western Mass

    Massive, Days-Long Forest Fire Still Burning In Western Mass

    Fire crews are back at work on Monday morning, May 17 after spending the weekend battling a massive brush fire that broke out in Berkshire County. On Friday, May 14, a fire was first reported in Williamstown near Henderson Road, prompting a response from area departments as it quickly spread from approximately 180 acres of land to upwards 300 acres as of Sunday, May 16.According to ...

  7. Fairfield County 20-Year-Old Charged After Investigation At University In Upstate NY

    Fairfield County 20-Year-Old Charged After Investigation At University In Upstate NY

    New York State Police troopers busted a college student from Connecticut with drugs during an investigation at an upstate college.On Friday, May 14, State Police troopers from Olean in Cattaraugus County received a complaint of drug use at St. Bonaventure University in Olean.Police said that the investigation led to the arrest of Fairfield County resident Sebastiano Villani, age 20, of ...

  8. 24-Year-Old Seriously Injured In Crash Between Car, Bicycle At Long Island Intersection

    24-Year-Old Seriously Injured In Crash Between Car, Bicycle At Long Island Intersection

    A bicyclist was hospitalized with serious injuries after being struck by a car after riding through a green light at a busy Long Island intersection, police said. Port Jefferson Station resident Mary Passaro, age 73, was driving a 2020 Hyundai on Old Town Road, at the intersection of Boyle Road in Terryville, when the bicyclist failed to yield the right of way to her vehicle, which had ...

  9. Long Island Municipality To Get $10M Grant For Downtown Upgrades

    Long Island Municipality To Get $10M Grant For Downtown Upgrades

    Seven projects are planned in a Long Island municipality that was awarded a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) award.Baldwin was one of the communities in New York to receive a grant that is earmarked to “enrich the community with key catalytic projects,” according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.Officials said that Baldwin will “incorporate mixed-used transit-oriented ...

  10. Hudson Valley Community Drawing Attention For History Of UFO Sightings

    Hudson Valley Community Drawing Attention For History Of UFO Sightings

    A quiet hamlet in New York's Hudson Valley is gaining notoriety for being one of the hottest spots for UFO sightings in the country.The Hudson Valley has long been known as a hotbed for purported UFO activity, with Pine Bush, the small Orange County community in the Town of Crawford right at the epicenter of sightings and encounters. For decades, there have been reports of UFO ...

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