Michelle Faust

Reporter/Producer

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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Education
1:02 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

NOVA Adviser Inspires Girls to Pursue Science

Doctor Ainissa Ramirez gave a talk entitled “The Future Needs Girls in Science” at the Girl Scouts of Western New York’s Leadership Breakfast Series.
Credit Courtesy Girl Scouts of Western New York

A noted Yale professor and science adviser to the PBS series NOVA spoke Friday morning in Rochester to encourage more girls to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math—or STEM.

Doctor Ainissa Ramirez gave a talk entitled “The Future Needs Girls in Science” at the Girl Scouts of Western New York’s Leadership Breakfast Series.

Ramirez says she wants to give young woman an extra-boost to hold on to their curiosity.

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Education
4:03 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Mayor Warren Aims to Get City Children Reading Younger

Credit Michelle Faust

A new City of Rochester initiative aims to support children before they start school.

Mayor Lovely Warren announced Today/ Thursday the 3-to-3 early learning initiative.

The city multipronged plan will focus on learning for children between 3 years old and the third grade. Warren says she will become an advocate for pre-K providers, provide ideas and programs to empower parents, and reallocate recreation resources to include more educational programs.

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Health
8:19 am
Thu September 18, 2014

New URMC Leader says ACA Challenges Funding Models

School of Medicine and Dentistry Dr. Dean Mark Taubman will take over University of Rochester Medical Center’s lead role starting at the beginning of next year. The CEO-designate recognizes the position comes with challenges as the country changes health care funding models.

Taubman thanked Berk, saying he is leaving at the top of his career with a strong and supportive culture at URMC. It’s a culture Taubman says he will emulate.

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Health
11:18 am
Wed September 17, 2014

URMC CEO Steps Down, Will Lead New Institute at URMC

University President Joel Seligman stands with Dr. Brad Berk to announce Berk's new role as head of the Rochester Neurorestorative Institute.
Credit Michelle Faust

Dr. Brad Berk will step down as CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center and senior vice president for Health Sciences on December 31 to head the new Rochester Neurorestorative Institute at URMC. 

Berk has served as CEO of URMC since 2006. He suffered a spinal cord injury while biking near Canandaigua Lake in 2009. Dr. Mark B. Taubman, dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry served as interim CEO during Berk's absence, and will take over Berk's role. 

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Health
11:30 am
Tue September 16, 2014

MVP Announces Cuts to Medicare Advantage

Denise Gonick, President and CEO of MVP Health Care
Credit MVP Health Care

MVP Health Care announced cuts to its Medicare Advantage products Tuesday morning.

The community health insurer will discontinue 2 of its 5 Medicare Advantage plans used by 17,000 customers in the Greater Rochester Area. Statewide 19,000 customers will be affected.

The remaining 3 plans will have rate increases between 50 and 100 percent of current premiums.

The company sited federal cuts in subsidies which have traditionally covered 85 percent of the cost of Medicare Advantage expenses.

MVP also announced they project to run a deficit in 2015.

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Health
3:04 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

3 Monroe County Health Centers to Take Part in $15 Million in ACA Grants

Three Monroe County and one Yates County health center will take part of $ 15 million in Affordable Care Act funding for New York State.

The grants are part of $295 million in federal funding announced today by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell. They are intended to help provide new services, longer hours, and to hire new health care providers.

Local recipients include: Rochester Primary Care Network, Unity Hospital, Oak Orchard Community Health Center in Brockport, and Finger Lakes Migrant Health Care in Penn Yan.

WXXI Local Stories
12:25 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Police React to Loss of Fellow Officer

Credit Carlet Cleare / WXXI News

Thousands of police officers with representatives from agencies across the state and country turned up to show support for the Rochester Police Department Wednesday.

Police attending RPD Officer Daryl Pierson’s funeral say they take comfort in the presence of their brothers and sisters in blue during this sad time.

Sergeant Richard Crisafulli, Oswego County Sheriff, says in more than 20 years on the force news of a fallen officer is never gets easier to take.

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Health
3:18 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

County Immunization Clinic Extends Hours for School Kids

The Monroe County Immunization Clinic provides 14 different vaccines that cover public school requirements.
Credit Michelle Faust

Children across the county will have more opportunities to become vaccinated for the beginning of the school year. Monroe County Immunization Clinic will extend its hours over the next month starting Wednesday.

September 16th ends the grace period for children in Rochester City Schools to complete their required vaccinations; otherwise they may be excluded from the classroom.

Superintendent Bolgen Vargas doesn’t want to see students’ attendance drop for any reason.

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Health
3:01 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

No Local Cases of EV-68, County Official Says

Doctor Kennedy says county officials are in constant communication with the State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.
Credit Michelle Faust

Monroe County’s Public Health director says there is no cause for alarm locally over reports of a severe respiratory illness that has infected hundreds of children in Illinois and Missouri.

According to Doctor Byron Kennedy, New York has no confirmed cases of Enterovirus-68, so far.

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WXXI Local Stories
2:22 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Search for Glazers' Plane Suspended

A search for a plane carrying Larry and Jane Glazer was suspended Sunday afternoon.

Coast Guard officials express their sympathies to the Glazer family, and say after an extensive 70 hour search that used both air and sea craft, very little could be recovered.

Petty Officer Sabrina LaBerdesque says searchers spent most of the weekend looking to no avail.

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