Alex Crichton

All Things Considered Host

Alex Crichton is host of All Things Considered on WXXI-AM 1370. Alex delivers local news, weather and traffic reports beginning at 4:00 p.m. each weekday.

He was born in Rochester, but “raised” in several other spots as part of an Army family.  Those locations included Ft. Rucker, AL, Ft. Sam Houston, TX and Ft. Sill, OK.  Alex returned to Rochester in 1969 and has been here ever since.

After graduating from Ashland College (now University) in 1981, Alex landed his first radio job at WGMC in Greece.   He also worked at WRTK Talk Radio (1370 on the AM dial, coincidentally) stayed on when the format was changed to country, and even worked a couple of weeks as a full-time country disc jockey.  Alex also worked at WBBF when it had a talk lineup as Toby Gold’s engineer for his show, for those who remember.  Also during this same time period, Alex was the regular fill-in for a service called Rochester Radio Sports.

In 1984 Alex joined WXXI, going on the air with a news/jazz/public affairs format.  Here at WXXI he has done sports, produced news and music programs, hosted a daily then a weekly jazz show, produced live remotes, worked on TV auctions, done interviews with all sorts of people from musicians to politicians, engineered talk shows, started doing newscasts for All Things Considered in the mid-90s, then moved to Morning Edition in 1997.  

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Democratic Monroe County Legislator Ernest Flagler-Mitchell is introducing legislation that holds gun owners more accountable for their weapons.

Flagler-Mitchell's cousin Herbert Thomas was shot and killed at a house party last month.

Flagler-Mitchell notes that Police Chief Michael Ciminelli has said that 60 percent of gun crimes committed in the city this year involved stolen firearms.

The lawmaker is proposing a bill that would require gun owners to keep their weapons in safes or use trigger locks.

Fighting poverty is an additive process, and it's going to require an unprecedented amount of patience.

That's from Leonard Brock, director for the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, which released its progress report on Thursday.           

"It's imperative for us to be very strategic deliberate and tactful as it relates to each and every next step, and we just have to continue to keep the community has to remain optimistic and just believe and have faith that something is going to happen."

Food processing using high pressure instead of heat is coming to the Finger Lakes.

Cornell University and State Senator Michael Nozzolio have announced a $600,000 state grant that will allow Cornell University's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva to purchase and install a state-of-the-art “Hiperbaric High Pressure Processing” machine.

Dean of the Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Kathryn Boor, says the equipment will ensure food safety for consumers worldwide.

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"If you were a prince or pauper, you'd receive the same treatment from Andy."

That comment Wednesday from Rochester Bishop Emeritus Matthew Clark, with a familiar refrain at the funeral for former Monroe County Sheriff Andrew Meloni.

There were a few laughs, and a few tears for Meloni who  died last week following a battle with cancer. Hundreds attended services at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford.

United Christian Leadership Ministry is renewing its call for police reform, and a better way of addressing systemic poverty.

The conditions that produced the incidents in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland exist here in Rochester. That’s the way the Reverend Lewis Stewart from United Christian Leadership Ministry feels.

His group is calling for body cameras for all local police agencies, a civilian review board with subpoena power and investigative authority, an end to racial profiling and anti-racism training for police.


Wednesday is Earth Day and the message from the Environmental Protection Agency is that climate change is here, and there is a lot we can do to address the issue but we need to get moving.

That's according to Judith Enck, Regional Administrator for the EPA.

"The time to debate climate change is in the rear view mirror, it is here, it is now, and we really need to work together on this," says Enck

Enck says there's a clear scientific consensus that climate change is here.

City School Superintendent Bolgen Vargas has filed a notice of claim to begin a lawsuit against the board of education, claiming the city school board is usurping some of his authority.           

The notice of claim comes after the board passed resolutions Tuesday night that would restrict the ability of  the superintendent to offer contracts to members of the Superintendent’s Employment Group, his executive cabinet.

Ten of 24 Rochester-area Radio Shack stores are part of that company's first round of closings, after it filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday.

WXXI reviewed a newly posted "potential store closing list" of 1784 Radio Shack locations.

Four stores from Rochester are on the list, including The Mall at Greece Ridge Center, Marketplace Mall, Chili Paul Plaza and on Howard Road in Gates.

New Proof Of Rochester Poverty

Jan 8, 2015

New Census data from the past five years provides more proof of Rochester's extreme poverty. And it suggests why many who live in our area don't realize how bad it is.

"People who are poor, the conditions of poverty are not being witnessed by and experienced by people throughout the community. It's only in a relatively small area," said Ed Doherty, who analyzed the data for the Rochester Area Community Foundation and ACT Rochester.

A first-of-its kind primary healthcare center for refugees in Rochester has officially dedicated

Director of Community Medicine for Rochester Regional Health System, Jim Sutton, says since 2008, Rochester Regional has been the primary care home for newly arriving refugees.           

“What we found over time is that the newest of the new refugees really need some highly specialized care and some culturally appropriate care and that’s what led to the concept of having a dedicated center”