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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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."


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."


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.


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.


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.


A group of Pittsford residents hosted a walk Sunday afternoon in response to white supremacist fliers that have been appearing in various neighborhoods.

The fliers, which are pieces of paper reading "Make Rochester Great Again" with a link to a website promoting white supremacist ideals, were left in driveways in the Knickerbocker Road neighborhood in Pittsford about two weeks ago, and have spread to other neighborhoods since.

There is still no word on who is distributing the fliers.


It’s been one year since The University of Rochester took on the role as the Educational Partnership Organization for East High School.

Superintendent of the Lower and Upper schools Shaun Nelms said that year one has been about identifying the root issues they plan to address with this partnership. The list ranged from low attendance rates and curriculum changes, to behavioral problems, and student teacher relations.

The statistic Nelms was most proud of was increased retention rates from grade 9 to grade 10.


Runners from around the area are in downtown Rochester Sunday to run participate in the MVP Health Care Rochester Marathon.

This is the second year of a new course, that has seen improved results, according to Ellen Brenner, owner of Fleet Feet Sports and Yellow Jacket Racing. She said they changed the route not only to include a more scenic view of Rochester, but also for safety reasons.