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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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Nicole and Chris Thibault dreamed of having a family of avid travelers. And when they had their first son, Tristan, they started making that dream come true: A cruise when he was 6 months old, his first trip to Disney at 1 1/2.

But a year later, something changed. The three of them were standing in line to enter Disney World.

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Children with asthma who received a combination of telemedicine support and school based medication therapy were half as likely to need a trip to the emergency room or hospital for their asthma.

That’s according to new research from the University of Rochester Medical Center in partnership with the Rochester City School District.

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Rochester Monday announcing bipartisan legislation to expand the Small Business Administration’s microloan program, helping women and minority owned businesses succeed.

The Microloan Modernization Act will strengthen the current program, Gillibrand said, by raising the total limit on outstanding loans from intermediary lenders, which would allow for more loans to be made.  

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Leaders of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative say they are pleased to see Governor Andrew Cuomo taking a lead on poverty related initiatives he mentioned in his State of the State Address last week.

Ann Johnson, Senior Director ACT Rochester, said poverty is complex, and there is no single solution to the problem, but Cuomo’s 2018 goals in workforce development and monetary bail were promising.

"If you look at someone in poverty who has that challenge, they just keep digging a deeper and deeper challenge, to not only pay off bail but to be with their families."

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Monroe County has joined nationwide lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies that make, market and distribute opioid prescription drugs.

County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo made the announcement Wednesday morning, saying that through the action, the county will seek to recoup on behalf of local taxpayers the various costs it has incurred as a result of the opioid epidemic.

Rochester City Council held its biennial organizational ceremony at city hall Tuesday afternoon.

Three new city council members were sworn-in, alongside two incumbents.

Malik Evans, Mitch Gruber, Willie Lightfoot, Jacklyn Ortiz and Loretta Scott were all elected to council this past November. Ortiz and Scott were the incumbents re-elected last fall.

Councilmember Loretta Scott was re-elected by the Council to continue serving as Council President and Adam McFadden was elected Council Vice President.

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Economic equality is the focus of Mayor Lovely Warren’s next four years.

Warren pledged her second term alongside her family and an overflowing Kilbourn Hall Monday afternoon.

She said pay inequity, divided down race and gender lines is something she wants to tackle.

She referenced a report by her office of innovation that said unfair wages are causing many with full time jobs to continue to live in poverty.

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USA Hockey announced the first 23 players of its 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team Monday, and they will be led by a Rochester native.

It was announced that Brian Gionta of Greece will serve as team captain of the 2018 Olympic team.

Gionta has played in over 1,000 regular season games and helped the New Jersey Devils win the Stanley Cup in 2003. He also played for Team USA in the 2006 Olympic Winter Games and most recently played for the Buffalo Sabres.

Gionta is the only Olympian on the roster, but 21 other players have participated in international games.

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Olaf from Frozen and Santa were just two of the guests at United Way's holiday party this Wednesday afternoon.

The organization threw the party for the influx of individuals who have recently come to Rochester after hurricane destruction in Puerto Rico.

Yversha Roman, Senior Relationship Manager at United Way Rochester said while working at the IBERO resource center, they came up with an idea to help our newest neighbors.

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An addiction and support drop-in program is now running at Gates Town Hall.

David Attridge, Executive Director of Recovery Now says the Michael Brown Gates to Recovery serves as a gathering place for both those seeking help for themselves as well as family support.

"You know they were asking questions, hey I just found out my kid’s using or I think my kid might be using or my kid is using. They’d come in they’d ask questions, but after we talked to them we found out they’d start talking to other families and then they just kept coming back each week."

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