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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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Crews are working around the clock to clean up the roads and sidewalks in Rochester.

Mayor Lovely Warren, joined by Commissioner Norman Jones at the Mount Read Operations Center said they’ve been running plows for both residential and arterial streets as well as sidewalks, with the help of a number of different departments working overtime.

"It is all hands on deck now and we’re pulling from every department. We're pulling from our DES crews, we’re pulling from our police department, all over the place."

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For the past couple of days, it feels like as soon as you think you have a path cleared, more snow is dumped right back on to it.

Kara Tierney said this was the third time she's shoveled her driveway on Hickory Street in the last day.

“I normally love snow and I actually like shoveling but this is a lot.”

She was getting help from Brad Lewis, who was digging his car out with hopes of getting to work still.

"I’m originally from here; I’m used to the annual March nightmare storms."

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In anticipation of the northeastern snow storm, thousands of flights across the country were canceled or delayed Tuesday.

The terminal at the Rochester International Airport was eerily quiet, as only a couple of flights were still scheduled to depart. Charlie O’Neil was trying to get to Madison, Wisconsin.

"It’s dead, I don’t see anybody here, it looks like its 3am in an airport."

O’Neil said he planned on hanging out in the terminal and getting some work done while waiting to hear updates on his flight. He said delays are just a part of air travel.

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Brighton Police report that shortly after 10am Sunday, the Jewish Community Center received a number of threats via email stating that there was an explosive device planted in the facility.

A similar event occurred just a week ago, when the center received email threats that lead to an evacuation early Tuesday morning.

300 people were evacuated from the facility Sunday. Brighton police then searched the 180,000 square foot building, calling in a number of nitrate dogs as well and found nothing of a suspicious nature.

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Congressman Tom Reed, (R-Corning), held four town halls on Saturday including one in Manchester in Ontario County. The Manchester Town Hall quickly reached its capacity soon after its doors opened at noon. But people continued to fill in and listen from the lobby eager to hear from their representative. Nora Cunha of Clifton Springs was one of those in the hallway.

"I want to hear what he has to say, I'm happy that he does town halls even if it’s not what a want to hear. I'm glad that he comes to listen and I hope that maybe he takes something away from it."

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The Israeli Consul General  in New York, Dani Dayan met with Mayor Lovely Warren and CEO of the Rochester Jewish Federation Meredith Dragon on Thursday afternoon

The meeting was in response to a number of anti-semitic incidents around the country including in Rochester.

Speaking in the Waad Hakalel Cemetery in Rochester, where several grave stones were vandalized recently, Dayan said he had hoped news like this was a thing of the past.

Human trafficking is an issue many may not think happens locally, but one awareness campaign is trying to change that idea.

The Rochester Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking announced its "Yes, Here" bus campaign in an effort to educate the community about human trafficking in the area.

The chair of that coalition, Celia McIntosh said that starts by defining different kinds of trafficking.

Customers and transit advocates gathered at the RTS Transit Center Friday morning to urge Governor Cuomo to provide additional funding for public transportation.

The governor’s proposed budget holds funding flat for the Regional Transit Service, but advocates are saying a 2% increase is necessary to maintain services and make the kind of changes that are needed to be successful as new technologies and mobility options continue to emerge.

Assemblyman Harry Bronson said it’s essential to have a reliable transit system in ensure the quality of life in a community.

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Medical students at the University of Rochester held a different kind of rally Saturday evening.

Songs in Solidarity was intended to gather people in the name of song. Organizers of the event wanted to create a space to sing along to classic protest songs, songs from the labor movement and more modern music.

Emily Walters is a medical student at UR and helped organize the event; she said it was inspired by some of the other rallies she’s attended lately.

A new study published Monday evaluated the relationship between state same-sex marriage policies and suicide attempts in youth identifying as a sexual minority.

The study out of Johns Hopkins and Boston's Children’s Hospital surveyed over 700,000 youth across the country over the last decade, and saw a 7% reduction in these adolescents thinking about suicide in the states that passed marriage equality laws.

Authors of the study estimate that 7% includes about 100,000 lesbian, gay and bisexual teens.

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