Michelle Faust


Michelle Faust, MA, joined WXXI News as a Reporter/ Producer in February 2014. She came from KAWC Colorado River Public Media, where she was Morning Edition Host and Spanish Language Producer. Michelle is an enthusiastic follower of news and a long-time aficionado of public broadcasting.

Michelle had press credentials before she had a driver's license, working for newspapers in both high school and college. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Romance Languages in 2002 from the University of Oregon. 

Michelle infuses curiosity and a passion for knowledge into her work. Her previous career in education began in 2002 when she taught English in Nîmes, France, before returning to the University of Oregon for her Master of Arts in Spanish literature. Her career in education culminated with a position as Spanish Professor for Arizona Western College.

Michelle loves travel, languages, nature, and adventure. In her off time, she spends most of her time traveling, reading, studying languages, dancing, doing yoga, and spending time in the outdoors hiking or kayaking.

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The New York Times ran a letter by Angelina Jolie today. The piece entitled “Diary of a Surgery” recounts her choice to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to prevent an elevated risk of cancer.

In 2013, the actress wrote an op-ed in the newspaper about opting to undergo a double mastectomy after discovering she had a gene mutation that increased her risk of breast and ovarian cancers.

Holly Anderson, Executive Director of the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, explains that Jolie’s decision is a highly personal one.


A University of Rochester Medical Center researcher plans to use a $50,000 grant from the Breast Cancer Coalition to keep breast cancer from spreading to the bones.

Doctor Zhenqiang Yao’s research will investigate whether IAP Inhibitors, a type of protein, can slow or prevent the spread of breast cancer to the skeletal system.

Less than 1% of Americans serve in today’s military. However, in earlier generations, millions of Americans were drafted or volunteered for World War II and the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam. Nine million served in Vietnam alone. Need to Know’s Michelle Faust brings us the story of what happens to these men and women as they age in our society and need end of life care.


Overdoses from heroin are up in nearly every county in the state.

A community forum tonight intends to educate the public about the growing numbers of people addicted to heroin and opioids.

The Monroe County Examiner’s Office reports a 70 percent increase in deaths related to heroin in 2014 within the county.

Ontario County Sheriff Phillip Povero says his county saw 7 overdoses from opioids in the past year.

We’ll review recent health care headlines: we’ll explain what ‘narrow networks’  are in New York State and look at what cyber-attacks will mean for health insurers across the country with our guests:

  • Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News
  • Ed Holden, assistant professor of Information Technology at RIT
  • Andy Meneely, assistant professor of Software Engineering at RIT
  • Jeff Welcher, Account Manager, Bond Financial Network

Then,  we have a brief preview of a series of documentaries about cancer that will air on WXXI-TV with Ann Savastano, director of the B. Thomas Golisano Hope Lodge Hospitality House 

We discuss the links between the health of your teeth and the rest of your body. Representatives from Eastman Dental to discuss how a healthy mouth is integral to quality of life, and the importance of ensuring everyone has access to oral health services. Our guests:

Dr. Eli Eliav, director of UR Medicine’s Eastman Institute for Oral Health and the Vice Dean for Oral Health at the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry. 

Dr. Carlo Ercoli, chair and program director for Eastman Institute for Oral Health’s Prosthodontics Division.

Dr. Abra Caroci, pediatric dentist, Eastman Dental.

A security breach at a West Coast Health Insurer may have a wider impact. 

Premera Blue Cross—a health insurance company with customers in Alaska and Washington State—discovered a cyber-attack late January that affects approximately 11 million people.

Courtesy URMC

At 59 years old, Michael Froome just got a new heart.  His problem goes back 20 years after a chest pain led his doctor to order a cardiac stress test.

“When they put on the last electrode so the monitor comes live with your data, someone in the room goes, ‘Oh! That’s not good,’” Froome recalled.

Spencer Rosero, a cardiologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center, is one of Froome’s doctors. He has an idea that could cut the number of hospital visits patients like Froome have to make.


New York lawmakers have delayed a deadline that would require prescription medications to be electronic. Many doctors in the state needed more time to put the necessary technology in place. 

Many prescribers in New York already submit scripts electronically, but federal requirements mandate a higher level of security for electronically prescribed controlled substances to prevent fraud.


Medical Schools in New York State are asking the legislature to include $50 million for faculty development in the state budget. University leadership calls the NYSTAR Faculty Development Program an investment needed to grow programs that will attract high-profile entrepreneurial biomedical researchers.


Jo Wiederhorn, president of the Associated Medical Schools of New York - AMSNY- says state medical schools can’t keep world-class researchers without the most up-to-date research lab technology and talented support staff.