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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 federal courtroom on State Street looks like any courtroom you have in your head. A panel of jurors to the right, attorneys and defendants to the left. But the difference is everyone in front of the room is between the ages of 16 and 19 years old.

Rochester Teen Court itself isn’t a teen any longer. For 20 years, these sessions have had teen jurors and attorneys sentencing teen defendants.

Judge Frank Geraci helped start the court in 1997 and presides over cases. He says this isn’t mock court, these are real cases with real consequences, that the kids take seriously.

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A teenager from Batavia is in the final round of a nationwide invention competition.

The Frito-Lay "Dreamvention" contest asked kids to create something to solve everyday problems. 14 year old Andrew Young's "Toaster Shooter” is now in the running to win $250,000; up against four other teen inventors.

"I saw my grandma burn herself on a toaster, so I thought of shooting it out so you wouldn’t have to stick your fingers in it."

The toaster is tilted to the side and has bigger springs, so when your toast is done it shoots into the air and falls onto your plate.

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Six events from November to March will help high school seniors apply for college financial aid.

FASFA Fest is now in its third year in the city of Rochester, giving students the opportunity to meet one on one with financial aid counselors and get help filling out those essential forms.

Students will also be able to learn about New York State's Excelsior Scholarship.

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Tom Golisano, Paychex founder and local philanthropist announced Monday that he will be withholding a $90,000 tax payment until the town of South Bristol fixes the geese problem at his lakeside property.

Golisano says the town government in South Bristol has not done enough to help combat this problem. He said geese have always been an issue here, but were manageable in recent years.

This summer at times, he said he’s seen 200 geese on his Canandaigua lake house lawn, leaving behind feathers and waste.

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A SUNY Geneseo professor is at the center of a controversy regarding a presentation slide about transgender individuals he reportedly used in class.

The slide posted and shared on social media was titled "Female or Shemale? Can you tell?" and featured 16 photos of women. Sociology professor David Sorbello then allegedly asked students to label which women on screen were trans women.

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Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva will be hosting speaker James Schuler Monday evening.

In 1997, Schuler was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in state prison on drug charges of which he served 10 years before being paroled.

His talk is titled “Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System, Education, Prison and At Risk Children.”

Schuler said much of his presentation is about the need for a paradigm shift when it comes to incarceration.

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A report on Sunday says that local 17-year-old skier Michael Lillis died on Saturday.

The East Rochester resident was home on break between ski camps and passed away suddenly in his sleep, according to a report on the US Ski Team's website.

Tom Kelly, Vice President of Communications at U.S. Ski & Snowboard said they are "Reaching out to the coaches, and Mikey’s teammates, to make sure they’re OK.”

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Over 250 people climbed the stairs of The Metropolitan Saturday morning in downtown Rochester in an effort to raise money for the American Lung Association.

This is the sixth year of the event in Rochester where participants climbed 534 stairs, six floors higher than previous venues.

Jennifer Soloman, Communications Associate for the American Lung Association says they also partner with local firefighters, who have a separate race to the top of the building wearing 50 pounds of firefighting gear.

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Vice President Mike Pence came to Buffalo Tuesday to talk tax reform.

At the Buffalo International Airport, a crowd of media and supporters gathered on the windy tarmac to greet Pence as he exited his plane.

The vice president was greeted by Western NY Republican Congressman Chris Collins, an early supporter of the Trump campaign. The two shook hands and took pictures as a sea of fans pressed against a barrier to get a glimpse.

Although his time on the tarmac was brief, Pence said he was grateful to be in the western New York city.

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Caring for an aging family member can be hard enough, let alone navigating the laws that surround it.

That’s why a group of local attorneys have been hosting the Elder Law Fair for the last five years; to give those older adults, family members, and care givers a chance to ask questions about some of the more hidden legal issues of aging.

This year focuses on the "sandwich generation," individuals who care for both their parents and their own children. Attorney Jeffrey Nieznanski says issues like handling money and  signing off on nursing homes can get tricky.

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