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.


2:49 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Health Benefits in ROC and How Bad Data Can Disadvantage the Poor

The Rochester Business Alliance's 2014 Health Benefits Survey is out and it shows that more employers are offering high deductible health plans. What does this mean? We'll discuss this with Eric Bond, CEO of Bond Financial Network and an RBA member.

Then we talk with Daniel Castro, the director of Center for Data Innovation about how poor quality data can disadvantage poor and underrepresented communities.

2:41 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Health Costs

We get an update on the New York City Ebola case with Dr. Peter Salgo, host of Second Opinion and practicing physician at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Then we talk with Jeanne Pinder, she is the founder of ClearHealthCosts.com and a former New York Times journalist. 

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6:24 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Business Leaders Consider Health Care

Sandy Parker, President and CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance
Credit Michelle Faust

In an effort to better understand how the Affordable Care Act affects local employers, the Rochester Business Alliance held a conference Thursday morning.

The majority of RBA members offer health coverage to their employees. Chris Wiest, RBA Vice President, says the organization is dedicated to making the process easier.

"It's the number one issue among our member companies. The number one concern they have in doing business in New York State: rising health care costs have been a huge challenge," said Wiest.

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4:43 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Residents Voice Concerns With Rochester Housing Authority

Dorothy Tucker, Hudson-Ridge Tower Resident Council President, was one of 26 speakers in the call to the public at the beginning of Wednesday's Rochester Housing Authority Board Meeting.
Credit Michelle Faust

Attendants at Wednesday’s noon meeting of the Rochester Housing Authority spilled out into the hall—as nearly a hundred people turn up to voice their concerns.

At issue for many who spoke at a public forum that preceded the board meeting was the recent dismissal of former executive director Alex Castro.

With overwhelming turnout the comment period was extended to an hour—from the original 30 minutes allotted.

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5:20 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Flu Season to Begin Soon

County officials remind residents to get their flu shots, as the season fast approaches. Between 50-60% of residents are regularly vaccinated against the highly preventable illness.

Mid- to late October is the time of year when flu begins to appear in the region.

Although there hasn’t been a confirmed case of the disease this year, spokesperson for the Monroe County Department of Public Health, John Ricci said the flu is on its way.

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2:22 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

RHIO Recieves National Accreditation

Two New York State regional health information exchanges have been nationally accredited for the security of their systems. 

The Healthcare Information Xchange of New York and Rochester RHIO were recently accredited by the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission.

The commission evaluated the regional exchanges for the privacy, security, and confidentiality of a program that directly alerts primary care doctors when their patients have been treated, for example in an emergency room.

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3:43 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Free Breast Cancer Screenings Scheduled for Saturday

Credit Google Images

This weekend a free mammography event is schedule to ensure more women detect breast cancer early.

This Saturday Cancer Services Program of Monroe County will provide free mammography at two clinics: Highland Breast Imaging and Strong West in Brockport.

Director Candice Lucas told WXXI 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, but the disease has a 98 percent survival rate when it’s found early.

“We want women to live long, healthy lives and if we can find it early and take care of it that's what we want to do,” said Lucas.

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3:33 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

URMC Researcher Awarded Highest Honor for Young Investigators

Michelle C. Janelsins, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Credit URMC

The National Institutes of Health’s awarded a University of Rochester cancer researcher their highest honor for young investigators.

Michelle Janelsins, of UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute, recently accepted a 2.3 million dollar grant to continue her research on so-called “Chemo-brain.”

According to Janelsins, about 80% of patients in cancer treatment report memory loss, difficulty concentrating, and mental fogginess related to chemotherapy. The doctor’s research will test the hypothesis that inflammation could be to blame.

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9:20 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Area Hospitals Face Medicare Readmission Penalties

Medicare readmission penalties to reimbursements from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.

Four area hospitals face penalties for the number of Medicare patients that check back in within a month after certain conditions and procedures. This is the case for 80% of New York hospitals.

This is the third consecutive year the federal government has cut Medicare reimbursements—up to a 3% maximum. The average penalty in New York State is 0.73%.

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10:55 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Officials Say NY State Health Exchange Ready for Open Enrollment

Credit www.newyorkstateofhealth.ny.gov

Officials for the New York State Health Exchange say 27 million dollars will go to help assist residents connect with insurance—the same amount as last year. The state health department says it’s ready for the second open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act — starting November 15th.

National health care advocates worry that most states will be investing less on support staff to help sign people up for insurance, than was invested last year.

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