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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An award granted to the University of Rochester will help coordinate and connect researchers around the nation.

The $19 million federal grant comes from the National Institute of Health, and is for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, which works to help biomedical scientists move their research forward.

The money will help fund a new networking initiative called the Center for Leading Innovation and Collaboration, or CLIC, at the university. It will help researchers communicate better within in the nationwide clinical and translational network.


Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed a bill allowing local BOCES and municipalities to directly purchase New York State produced foods.

A current initiative called Farm to School allows districts to purchase food from local farms up to $200,000 without going through the state. The new bill would allow BOCES and county governments to do the same.

State Agricultural Commissioner Richard Ball said it’s important to maintain good relationships with farmers.

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After a month's long trial and almost 5 days of jury deliberation, a verdict was reached in the murder trial of Craig Rideout Tuesday afternoon.

Laura and Colin Rideout were both found guilty of murder in the second degree and tampering with physical evidence. Laura was also found guilty of burglary.

Alexander Rideout was found not guilty of murder, but charged with tampering with physical evidence.

Meanwhile, Paul Tucci was found not guilty of both charges he faced, murder and tampering with physical evidence.


A mixed used development project known as Pinnacle North officially opened on the North shore of Canandaigua Lake Monday.  

The 21-acre project includes residential, commercial and open space right along the lake shoreline. 

In addition to residencies, over 400 by the time all four phases of the project are complete, the development will include an Abbotts and Young Lion Brewing Company.

Canandaigua Mayor Ellen Polimeni says that the project is giving the city a sense of place.

This Good World

This Good World is an app that will help you find value driven businesses and it was developed right here in Rochester.

The app launched last week from This Good World Studios - a brand development shop based in the city.

While the creators are not Rochester natives, founding partner Gavin Thomas said after a decade, Rochester is where they call home now.

Thomas said the idea for the app stemmed from personal frustrations when it comes to where to spend money.

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Artists from Rochester and around the world have begun painting all over the city as part of the 2017 WALL\THERAPY week.

The project aims to transform buildings using public murals as a means to inspire, and build community.

While WALL\THERAPY itself has been around since 2011, it focuses on a different theme each July for its newest set of murals.

Founder and co-curator Ian Wilson said this year is all about messages of healing.

“With so many forces at play in today’s world that seem to divide, we want to do something that’s unifying.”

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Women of all ages marched in downtown Rochester Saturday morning promoting the history of women suffrage and the centennial of a woman’s right to vote in New York State.

The theme was "Because of Women Like Her…" and encouraged participants to wear white, purple and gold, the uniform of early 1900s suffragists.

Alicia Compton and Brooke Ophardt brought their daughters to march; they were walking with Planned Parenthood. Compton says it’s important to being young girls to events like these to empower them.

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Young preservationists from all across the rust belt gathered in Rochester to discuss the preservation movement.

The Rust Belt Take Over was hosted by the Landmark Society's Young Urban Preservationists (YUPs). Over 3 days, groups toured Rochester and shared stories of preservation in their cities.

Caitlin Meives is the co-founder of the YUPs in Rochester and said this meet up happens every year.

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Rainbow flags, wigs and capes decorated the sidewalks of Park Avenue Saturday afternoon as the Rochester pride parade marched through.

Rochester pride is one of the largest pride events in the state outside of New York City, and draws big crowds to celebrate love, acceptance and LGBTQ individuals.

The only disturbance that seemed to pop up was at the corner of Oxford and Park, where a small group of anti-gay protestors were gathered. Samantha Lawrence decided this would be the perfect place to propose to her girlfriend Megan Miller.


The National Warplane Museum in Geneseo is honoring the role of women in aviation during this weekend's air show.

The Geneseo museum's guests of honor include 100-year-old Dawn Seymour, a member of the Women's Airforce Service Pilots during World War II. Known as WASPs, they ferried warplanes across the United States to free male pilots for combat overseas.

Seymour, from South Bristol in Ontario County, piloted B-17 bombers during the war. The museum is home to one of less than a dozen B-17s still capable of flying.