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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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A new program offers Nazareth College students a chance to partner up and gain a deeper understanding of other cultures, and discuss racism in a proactive environment.

Student2Student is based on the YWCA program Person2Person, which paired community leaders of different racial and ethnic backgrounds for facilitated conversations about race.

President of Nazareth College, Daan Braveman, is an alumnus of that program, and was inspired to bring a version of it to his campus.

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A new space aiming to spark the continued growth of Rochester as a hot spot for creative, maker minded innovation recently opened its doors in the High Falls neighborhood.

Made on State hosted its first open house Saturday afternoon at 510 State Street.

Larry Moss, creative director of the balloon installation studio Airigami, said a bigger space and better visuals attracted them to the area.

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In an effort to encourage people to vote in the upcoming election, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter invited civil rights activist and Georgia Congressman John Lewis to a rally Wednesday evening in Rochester.

Lewis has been at the forefront of the civil rights movement for decades. He was the youngest speaker in the March on Washington in 1963, and more recently led a sit in on the house floor this summer in an effort to encourage a vote on gun control.

He spoke about his upbringing and how it motivated him to want to make a change.

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In an election fraught with claims of rigging and fraud, Donald Trump’s latest call to action is for his supporters to "monitor" polls on Election Day.

While poll monitoring isn’t itself a new act, some wonder if Trump’s tone and rhetoric will inspire fear and intimidation at polling places.

Speaking with voters at the Islamic Center of Rochester, many had heard about these claims, but were not intimidated by them.

Sareer Fazili is the President of the Islamic Center and said at this point, these comments were no surprise.

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Thousands showed up decked out in pink to the 21st annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk outside Frontier Field.

Amongst those were "Laps for Lisa," a group who were walking to support Lisa Mietelski, a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed last fall.

She attended the walk as a way to honor those who helped her.

"Give them the support back that they gave to me. It was such tremendous support for me so I just want to give back."

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The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for platelet donations.

Communications Manager for the Red Cross New York-Penn Blood Services Region Patty Corvaia says there are 2 main reasons for the recent shortage.

One is that seasonal colds and flu have prevented regular donors from giving, and the second is Hurricane Matthew.

"Because of Hurricane Matthew we've had to cancel over 100 blood drives in the areas affected, and that has made us lose about 3,100 units that we would have expected to collect in those communities."

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A local humanitarian relief organization is seeking donations to help victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.

Intervol first began working in Haiti in the wake of the 2010 earthquake, where they built and still maintain an orphanage called the Home for Hope.

The coastal community of Léogâne where the orphanage was built, is about 20 miles west of the capital of Port-au-Prince, and was also hit hard by Hurricane Matthew, according to Intervol Director Nicole Jones.

Fire Prevention Week kicked off in Rochester at an open house on Hudson Avenue hosted by the Rochester Fire Department.

The theme for this year is "Don’t Wait, Check the Date,” referencing the importance of replacing smoke alarms every 10 years.

While bigger fires on High Street and Park Avenue have raised fire safety concerns in recent weeks, Fire Marshal for the City of Rochester and Deputy Chief Christine Schryver said fire safety is something that should always be on our minds.

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Volunteers constructed a 75 foot by 120 foot garden with 30 raised beds at Lakeshore Elementary School in Greece, made possible by a grant from the USDA Community Food Projects Competitive Grants program.

The garden is part of a partnership with Rochester Roots, a local nonprofit that offers Sustainability Education and Entrepreneurship (SEE) programs.

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Rochester's FoodLink received $125,000 in funds this week from the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

The Community Food Projects Grant Program awarded over $8.6 million to 33 projects around the country to foster self-sustaining solutions that help make healthy foods available to families living in low income neighborhoods.

Mitch Gruber, Chief Program Officer at FoodLink said they plan to spend a majority of the funds on their Curbside Market Program, which is a mobile farmer’s market that serves about 80 locations a week, in 6 counties.

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