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Caitlin Whyte

Caitlin joins WXXI after working down the street at Stephens Media Group where, she co hosted a children's radio show, "Saturday Morning CarTunes" on WARM 101.3 and worked as a traffic reporter for various affiliates.

Prior to that, she lived in Western Alaska where she worked for KNOM in Nome.  When she was not engrossed in all things Iditarod, Caitlin served as the community and education spot producer and hosted the weekday morning program.

Originally from Rochester, Caitlin graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a B.S in Audio/Radio Production and Broadcast Management. She is excited to make the jump to public radio and host Weekend Edition.

 

American schools have a "sad" lack of play, according to new research published in the American Journal of Play.

The work done by Olga Jarrett, a professor emeritus at Georgia State University, stresses that recess should be mandated and is a right of all children.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer was in town Monday to demand more federal funding and resources be sent to Social Security field offices.

The Democrat said when it comes to the longest wait times at a Social Security office, Rochester’s office ranked first in New York state and second in the country.

Speaking at the Henrietta Senior Center, Schumer said the number of baby boomers retiring is increasing every day.

An audit by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says the New York State Education Department needs to improve its efforts to ensure school districts are following state requirements for school safety planning.

The Finger Lakes Land Trust has acquired 11 acres on Bare Hill overlooking Canandaigua Lake

Andrew Zepp, executive director of the trust, said they are acquiring land along the shoreline as development pressure moves down the lake.

"We're working with willing landowners who are interested in selling their property to acquire these and dedicate them to conservation rather than development," Zepp said.

He said if the steep and eroding hill were developed, the runoff could contribute to the algal blooms the lake already sees.

The Seneca Falls Town Board on Tuesday night rejected a resolution to end funding for the Women's Hall of Fame if it inducts Jane Fonda.

But that was only after over an hour of passionate debate between Hall supporters and Vietnam veterans on Fonda's actions in the 1970s.

A place for community arts will be reopening next year in the Finger Lakes.

The space that will be the Sands Constellation Theater at Fort Hill Performing Arts Center has been dormant for years, but will be hosting community arts events early next year.

Holger Stave, Executive Director of the center, says the process began when the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra was looking for a permanent home.

With just 10 days left in this year’s budget services, organizations are making their last efforts to get funding for the year. Thursday, local veterans and leaders pushed Albany to reverse cuts to veteran programs.

Veterans and other local leaders stood with Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo urging Albany to reverse cuts to veteran services in the 2019 state budget.

In just about three months, Gibbs Street will be transformed into "Jazz Street" as the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival hits downtown.

Now in its 18th year, the festival will be held June 21 to 29 and present more than 320 shows. All club passes will also be shareable.

Producer John Nugent talked about what it takes to schedule a line up for a festival like this.

A new Siena College poll covers a range of issues, from what New Yorkers think of the fall of the Amazon deal in Queens, to vaccinations and marijuana legalization.

Steve Greenberg, pollster at Siena, says a majority of voters in the state think it was a bad idea for Amazon to cancel putting a second headquarters in Queens.

"Two thirds, 67 percent say it was bad for the state. It's across the board. 64 percent of city voters, 69 percent of downstate suburban voters," Greenberg said.

With budget negotiations continuing in Albany, activists from around the state gathered Tuesday  in the capital to demand that legislation be included to expand access to driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.

Gabriella Quintanilla with Rural and Migrant Ministry said this access is important not only because of the work she does, but also personally. Her mother is unable to drive due to her status.

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