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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Controversy continues around a project removing trees from the shores of the Erie Canal.

The Canal Corporation says its essential to remove trees and brush on canal banks to maintain embankment safety and stability.

But protesters say the tree cutting is unnecessary and ruining the aesthetic of the canal, and that there was no warning or transparency from the Canal Corporation of the project.


As the spring semester gets started, Interim President of University of Rochester Richard Feldman says he hopes the University community can begin a period of healing and rebuilding.

Feldman sent a letter to the University community Sunday welcoming them back to a new semester and a new chapter at UR.


Celebrations honoring Martin Luther King Jr were held all around Rochester Monday.

Nazareth College invited Mayor Lovely Warren to speak at their annual event. She shared why the holiday is important to her. 

"Making sure that we understand what Dr. King lived for, his dream and not allow his legacy to be in vain. We all understand that he was tragically taken but we have an obligation to make sure that his dream continues to live on."

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Following the release of an independent investigation on Thursday about the handling of sexual harassment allegations against University of Rochester Professor Florian Jaeger, those who had filed the complaint with a federal agency expressed disappointment, frustration and anger.

Some top Apple investors are calling on the company to take more action in protecting children from the risks of digital addiction.

Together, the California's teacher pension fund and Jana Partners investment group own about $2 million in Apple stock. They say Apple should have more setting options to regulate how children interact with their devices.

Michael Scharf is the Chief of Child and Adolescent psychiatry at University of Rochester Medical Center.

He said both companies and parents should be monitoring children’s smartphone and social media use.


Rochester City School District board member Mary Adams will be resigning at the end of this month.

Adams joined the board in 2011. Her resignation takes effect on January 25th. 

School board President Van White said he’s disappointed because Adams is a valuable member of the team and personally, a good friend.

He said it was her background in healthcare that brought a lot to the board.

Magical Storybook Travels

Nicole and Chris Thibault dreamed of having a family of avid travelers. And when they had their first son, Tristan, they started making that dream come true: A cruise when he was 6 months old, his first trip to Disney at 1 1/2.

But a year later, something changed. The three of them were standing in line to enter Disney World.

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Children with asthma who received a combination of telemedicine support and school based medication therapy were half as likely to need a trip to the emergency room or hospital for their asthma.

That’s according to new research from the University of Rochester Medical Center in partnership with the Rochester City School District.

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Rochester Monday announcing bipartisan legislation to expand the Small Business Administration’s microloan program, helping women and minority owned businesses succeed.

The Microloan Modernization Act will strengthen the current program, Gillibrand said, by raising the total limit on outstanding loans from intermediary lenders, which would allow for more loans to be made.  


Leaders of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative say they are pleased to see Governor Andrew Cuomo taking a lead on poverty related initiatives he mentioned in his State of the State Address last week.

Ann Johnson, Senior Director ACT Rochester, said poverty is complex, and there is no single solution to the problem, but Cuomo’s 2018 goals in workforce development and monetary bail were promising.

"If you look at someone in poverty who has that challenge, they just keep digging a deeper and deeper challenge, to not only pay off bail but to be with their families."