Vaccaro currently serves as Sports Editor of The Topps Company, where his primarily focus is developing content strategy for in-app publishing platforms related to professional baseball and football.
He is also a communications consultant for the Sachem Central School District where his responsibilities involve everything from public relations to social media management and communications strategy.
Vaccaro, who serves as a board member for the Press Club of Long Island, is an adjunct journalism professor at Hofstra University, teaching such courses as digital journalism and news writing and reporting.
He was formerly the Regional Sports Editor for Patch.com’s Long Island editorial operations, the founding editor of Sachem Patch, chairs Patch’s national Sports Strategy Committee and sits on the company’s programming committee.
Once one of the youngest editors in the history of the New York Daily News, Vaccaro was responsible for online production for the sports, news and politics sections of the site during the gruesome hours of 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. (Yes, the train rides home on the LIRR were eventful.) He has spent time as a staff writer and photographer at the Southampton Press and Smithtown News and his work has appeared in over 100 publications from ESPN, the NY Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer, St. Petersburg Times, Newsday, NCAA.com, Toronto Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, Knoxville News-Sentinel, and the Elmira Star-Gazette (Gannett), to Long Island Pulse, Inside Lacrosse,Baseball America and many others. Vaccaro is also the author of five books about Long Island sports history.
He is a member of the U.S. Lacrosse Division I Men’s Lacrosse ranking selection committee for the media poll and has served on the College Soccer News Division I Men’s Soccer ranking selection committee.
He has appeared on television and radio multiple times, including CBS Evening News, MSG, News 12 and the Howard Stern Show, and lectures at conferences, universities and high schools. He is a graduate of Sachem High School (when it was just one Sachem), has a BA in print journalism from Hofstra (he went there when it had a football program) and attended Stony Brook University for his MA in public policy. When he isn’t slaving over his laptop, he is busy thinking of ways to make Patch better, reading articles and books by Hunter S. Thompson, working out, working on his golf swing, shaking his head at the Mets, Jets and Islanders and wishing Jack Bauer was still saving the world.