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Caitlin Whyte

Weekend Edition Host

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.

 

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Resist and Persist. That’s the title of this year’s National Organization for Women state conference  held at MCC  on Saturday.

The annual event brings together women leaders and activists for a day of organizing and learning.

President of New York NOW Sonia Ossorio recognized the achievements and actions taken by women in the last year, specifically since the 2016 election.

"Since then when we gathered to mourn and pick ourselves up and we promised each other to go forward, we haven’t stopped."

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$1.3 million in two weeks. That's what the Rochester Rhinos say they need to raise in order to secure a 2018 season.

Owners Wendy and David Dworkin passionately asked the community to engage and support the beloved team in order to keep them around. An emotional speech came from Chief Soccer Officer and former head coach Pat Ercoli as well.

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An open letter has been signed by a number of professors outside the University of Rochester condemning the administration for its response to allegations of sexual harassment.

Over 200 professors from universities and colleges both in the United States and abroad have signed a letter to the UR board of trustees saying, "In the present circumstances, they cannot in good conscience encourage students to pursue educational or employment opportunities at the University of Rochester." 

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Monroe County's eligibility for federal assistance for flood damage is under review, according to a FEMA spokesman.

When President Trump issued a major disaster declaration for six New York counties Tuesday, Monroe was not among them, even though local communities along the shore of Lake Ontario were among the hardest hit by flooding this spring and summer.

In Irondequoit, town supervisor Dave Seeley says repairs are still ongoing, a compromised sewer lateral was recently moved costing around $350,000 with overtime expenses. He said those costs hit the town hardest.

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Zagster may be expanding to Pittsford.

The village has been working on reclaiming the streets for all users, not just cars.

Pittsford Mayor Bob Corby says there is an interest from residents in being mobile in other ways.

"All across the country, study after study has shown that younger people, younger professionals, millenials prefer to live in walkable environments where they can get outside the car and experience the physical environment."

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Advocates from a variety of backgrounds gathered Monday morning asking Monroe County to restore funding for preventative child abuse programming.

Faith leaders, doctors and leaders of local children’s advocacy groups say while they are grateful for the eight point plan to increase CPS introduced by the county in early October, they would like to see more programming that keeps families out of the system all together.

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The benefits of music on individuals with autism are widely known. Improved focus, advances in speech and language, and better motor skills. But sometimes it’s about the growth that you can’t quantify in numbers.

On a Tuesday night in a sleepy plaza in Penfield, the Music Education Center is buzzing. Kids are in the waiting room, parents are catching up and students are practicing anything from trombone to piano.

Noah Svokos is a curly haired 13 year old who has been taking piano lessons for 5 years at the center.

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The trip to Mount Hope Cemetery seems to be a tradition in recent years, for women to leave flowers and thank you's on the well-known suffragist's grave.

Mayor Lovely Warren and New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul left their stickers at the site, celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State.

Hochul said she’s already looking towards the next 100 years.

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The 100th anniversary of women's suffrage was celebrated at St. John’s Home in Rochester Monday afternoon.

The event featured three reenactors, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth and Susan B. Anthony sharing stories from the suffrage era.

Leslie Buzzell is a therapeutic recreation specialist at the facility, she planned the event remembering a presentation on women’s rights she once did and a resident who spoke up.

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Officials at Houghton College are trying to find the source of an illness that has hit more than 100 students and staff members.

Most cases of the illness seem to have emerged late Friday and continued to be reported throughout the weekend, with symptoms including sudden vomiting and diarrhea. Although they have slowed down, new cases were still being reported on Sunday and into Monday.

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