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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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The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is holding its annual blood drive to honor 9/11 victims Sunday afternoon.

Mubarak Bashir serves as Director of Faith Outreach and the Youth President for the Rochester Chapter, and says through the event, they want to show that there is no conflict between Islam and American values.

"As Muslims we're going to show the true picture of Islam and give our blood to save lives, when you have those who claim to be Muslim, that are taking innocent lives."

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The deadline to submit proposals for development of Parcel 5, a key piece of  real estate in downtown Rochester, was Friday.

The City of Rochester issued a statement says it received four proposals for the site. Mayor Lovely Warren says city officials look forward to completing a thorough review of the proposals, and says they will release additional details about the proposals at a later date.

The Rochester Broadway Theater League did release information about its proposal. Its plan calls for a 3,000 seat  performing arts center at the site.

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Politicians, members and supporters of the local labor community gathered Monday morning to celebrate the Labor Day holiday.

President of the Rochester Area Labor Federation Dan Maloney mentioned many of the challenges still to come, but also some of the recent wins, including an increase in minimum wage and the paid family medical leave act.

Rochester Building and Constructions Trades President Dave Young focused on the importance of honoring those who have worked to get the conditions that many may not think twice about.

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Graduate students, faculty and union officials gathered on the Wilson Quad at the University of Rochester on Wednesday to say that the graduate assistants at the U of R will try to form their own union.

That’s after the National Labor Relations Board ruled this week that graduate students who assist in teaching and research at private universities have a right to union representation.

This ruling reverses the 2004 Brown University decision that blocked graduate students from collective bargaining.

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Despite some rain Sunday afternoon, crowds still gathered to celebrate the 19th Amendment at the Susan B. Anthony House.

Many think that the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote, but Susan B. Anthony Museum President and CEO Deborah Hughes says that’s actually a misunderstanding.

"The 19th Amendment says you can’t be discriminated against on the basis of your sex. So in other words, it says you could no longer say you can’t vote because you’re female, but you could still find many other reasons to prevent people from voting."

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The Rochester Housing Authority announced that they will be reopening the waiting list for Section 8 housing this September.

The rental assistance program uses funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help subsidize the cost of housing for low income families and individuals who meet program eligibility requirements.

The RHA announced the reopening of the list Tuesday morning, after it had been closed since 2009. At that time the list had more than 20,000 applications.

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Blue skies shined over the annual Puerto Rican Festival Parade on East Main Street Saturday morning.

Among those in the parade were Cassandra Lopez and Tia Rivera, the Ms. Puerto Rico of Rochester 2016 Queen and Princess.

16 year old Lopez said she enjoys the festival because it’s a showcase of her culture and gives people a chance to see what their community has to offer. Lopez said the title of Ms. Puerto Rico of Rochester 2016 Queen is quite an honor.

"It’s empowering, it’s good to be involved with the community and I’m happy that I get to be this role model."

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A new type of baseball field broke ground Saturday afternoon in Webster.

Challenger Miracle Field of Greater Rochester will be a multi-use field, specifically designed for individuals with physical or cognitive challenges. Amenities will include cushioned, rubber surfaces in the field, wheelchair accessible dugouts, and completely flat surfaces to eliminate any barriers in participation.

Ron Kampff, President of the Board of Directors for Challenger Baseball has been involved with the organization since 2001, and said it was about time they did something for their players.

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A section of the Broad Street Bridge pedestrian walkway by South Avenue collapsed Friday morning in downtown Rochester.

Crews report that around 8 or 9 am, an 80 foot section of the 44 year old bridge separated from the structure. A few concrete pieces fell into the Genesee River below, and the rest remain hanging off of the side.

That section of the bridge had already been closed to pedestrian use of the sidewalk due to prior construction, and no contractors were working in this area at the time of the collapse.

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Members of the Latino community and supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement were shocked to see the Public Safety Building closed when they showed up for a photo op Thursday evening.

The event was intended to be a gathering of members of the Latino community, posing with a banner outside of the building. Supporters were surprised and disappointed to see that the court had also been shut down early, bus routes in the area had been affected, and barricades blocked the steps up to the building on exchange street.

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