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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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Organizers of  the Black Lives Matter at School Day held Friday for the Rochester City School District say the event was created to reflect on the past, present and future of the civil rights movement and black lives in our country, and to encourage conversation about social justice and sustainable progress.

Rakia Hardaway is a social studies teacher at Edison Career and Technology High School, she said it’s important to have these events in schools to show that youth participation is essential.

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People gathered at the gravesite of Frederick Douglass on a cold yet sunny morning in Mount Hope Cemetery to honor his life and legacy on the anniversary of his 199th birthday.

The event was created by the ROC Douglass Consortium, a group that started about a week ago after realizing there was no official birthday celebration in place.

Mara Ahmed is one of the organizers of that group, she said many people may not realize his impact on a variety of civil and human rights issues.

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Wayne County resident Leanne Capozzi has been training her Corgi Derby since she got him at 10 weeks old.

"He was in the show ring competing at the age of 2. And he got his obedience trial championship title at the age of 3 which is pretty darn good to get a title like that at such an early age," she told WXXI News.

Capozzi said this is the second year of the obedience portion of the Westminster Dog Show and the second year Derby was invited. The pair declined the invitation in 2016, but decided to give it a shot when they were invited again.

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Anti-Planned Parenthood rallies were planned across the country Saturday morning in a call to defund the organization.

Locally, protesters met across the street from the Planned Parenthood on West Ridge Road in Greece. Many who were against the health clinic, like Rosanna Roberson, were mainly there because of their pro-life beliefs.

"That baby needs a chance. I've seen lots of miracles come out of people who have decided against abortions and I just feel like it’s something that’s worth standing up for."

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Former Monroe County Executive Tom Frey has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 80.

Frey had recently moved into the Isaiah House hospice care facility. He died Saturday morning.

Friends and family gathered with Frey last month at St. Michael’s Church in Rochester to celebrate his life, and he met with some of the many political, business and community leaders as well as a variety of other people he’s dealt with over the years. 

Members of the Muslim, Jewish, Catholic and a number of faiths gathered Sunday afternoon for an interfaith prayer service at Temple B'rith Kodesh.

Organizers only got to work planning the event about  5 days ago according to Senior Rabbi at Temple B'rith Kodesh Peter Stein, but they felt the gathering was important in light of recent events involving discrimination and President Trump's immigration ban.

Some area middle school and high school girls spent their Saturday learning about science, technology, engineering and math.

The "Girls Soaring in STEM Fair" at the Rochester Institute of Technology aimed to encourage young women to pursue careers in a variety of STEM fields, which are typically dominated by men.

The fair hosted over 30 demonstrations put together by RIT's Women in Technology, Women in Science, Women in Computing and Women in Engineering groups.

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Well-known local civil rights leader Connie Mitchell was honored Saturday at the Memorial Art Gallery. University of Rochester President Joel Seligman presented Mitchell with the Frederick Douglass Medal for outstanding civic engagement

First presented in 2008, the medal is awarded to an individual for outstanding civic engagement that honors Douglass's legacy.

Connie Mitchell was the first woman and first African American ever to serve on the Monroe County Board of Supervisors - now known as the Monroe County Legislature.

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Hundreds of people gathered outside Rochester City Hall late Friday afternoon to protest recent actions by the Trump administration on immigration.

With the wind chill factor in the single numbers, it made it almost a necessity for the throng of protestors to huddle together closely near the steps of city hall as they listened to various speakers including Mayor Lovely Warren.

Freelancers seeking a spot to plug in and work can try Freelance Fridays at the Rochester Brainery.

Danielle Raymo owns the community classroom and event space, and says as a freelancer herself, it can sometimes be a bit isolating.

"People find themselves out at coffee shops and what not because its just nice to be around people. Theres that water cooler talk just like, "How's your day going?" And just being able to share those thoughts, which you don't necessarily have if you're a freelancer and you're working at home by yourself."

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