Joey Pagano is a Central New York-based writer with a diverse body of work, ranging from state government to higher education to journalism. Currently a research assistant at the Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University’s disability law and research center, he is passionate about addressing human rights issues, especially issues that create and reproduce economic, political, social and cultural obstacles for people with disabilities. He has experience in research centers focused on disability law, employment for people with disabilities, and disability-inclusive education and in the New York State Senate. With a bachelor’s degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and a master’s degree Syracuse’s School of Education, he is keenly interested in commentary writing and regularly writes opinion pieces for Post-Standard and has had articles published on Yahoo and other publications.


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July 21, 2022 ·

View of inside of MLB park from behind home plate a couple decks up

Baseball gives us unity. Jacob deGrom gave us greatness

Back in March, I wrote of my frustrations with the MLB’s nonchalance with the popularity of baseball as a sport and obsession with money. But watching as two-time Cy Young….

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January 23, 2022 · Yahoo! Life 

Man pushing woman in wheelchair passing business

#MyDisabledLifeIsWorthy highlights disability community’s pandemic frustrations: ‘We are seen as collateral damage’

“Folks have pushed the narrative of vulnerable people’s lives being disposable for this entire pandemic,” read a tweet earlier this month. “Rather than ignore people with complex medical conditions, or…

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February 17, 2021 · The Daily Orange

Karen Gutfreund puts socio-political messaging at the forefront of the “Deadlocked and Loaded: Disarming America” exhibit on display at ArtRage gallery. Artwork by Amy Pleasant.

Syracuse resident curates art exhibit to address gun violence, racism

Ever since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, Karen Gutfreund has watched as lawmakers have done very little to end gun violence despite multiple school shootings. During her….

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