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.


9:14 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Cuomo's Proposed Minimum Wage Increase Isn't a Done Deal

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In last week’s State of the State Address, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.50 per hour across the state and $11.50 in New York City by the end of 2016. 

State business leaders criticize the measure they say would force them to slow hiring and cut hours.

Sharon Stiller is a Rochester based employment law expert. She says any change will affect state businesses.

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7:09 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

26 Young Mothers Graduate County Nurse-Family Program

Shdora Massey stands holding her daughter, 2 year-old Xi'ona, next to her nurse-mentor, Deb Dachille.
Credit Michelle Faust

"When I was pregnant and homeless you weren't trying to help me," said 23 year-old Shdora Massey, referring to the father of her, now, 2 year-old daughter. But she wasn't completely without support.

"Ms. Deb was there every part of the way. She supported me every which way I went. It doesn't matter where I was at. If was in the shelter or if I was in Canandaigua, she was there."

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Understanding The ACA
6:11 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

NY Health Exchange Mails Tax Forms

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  Add Form 1095-A to your pile of paperwork when preparing to file your taxes this year. New Yorkers' health insurance will be a factor in tax filings this year. 

The New York State of Health Exchange will be sending out more than 300 thousand tax statements by the end of the month.

Advanced Premium Tax Credits went to nearly 75 percent of New Yorkers who enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan on the state health insurance marketplace last year.

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4:10 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Researchers Examine Link Between HIV Treatments and Heart Disease

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In the early days of the AIDS epidemic, a positive diagnosis was virtually a death sentence.  Today, a person taking Anti-Retroviral medications can live long term with the disease as a chronic infection.

Clinical researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center will use a $3.8 million grant to investigate why people treated with Anti-Retrovirals for HIV have higher than average rates of heart disease and stroke.

Doctor Giovanni Schifitto is one of the leaders on the study, which will examine causes of a narrowing of the carotid arteries in these patients.

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Understanding The ACA
8:55 am
Wed January 7, 2015

NY Health Exchange Director Pleased With Enrollment Numbers

  Traffic on the New York State of Health website is holding steady following the first deadline for open enrollment.

Donna Frescatore, executive director of the New York State of Health Benefit Exchange, is pleased with the numbers of New Yorkers signing up for health insurance on the marketplace.

Health department officials saw an increase in the numbers of enrollees in time to get covered at the start of the New Year. Frescatore says she expects more high traffic day as the next deadlines roll around.

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8:37 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Resolving to Eat Better in 2015

Many of us will indulge in rich foods and high-calorie drinks during our New Year’s Eve celebrations, as we have throughout this holiday season. BUT come New Year’s Day on Thursday many of us will resolve to eat better or lose weight.

Rochester Dietitian, Heather Fiore says the solution is NOT one size fits all.

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Understanding The ACA
3:10 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

New York Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Continues to February

With a month and a half left in the second open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act, professions who help connect New Yorkers with insurance see a change in how individuals approach health coverage this year.

Many health insurance professionals say New Yorkers understand Obamacare better this year.

Jeff Welcher, Account Consultant at Bene-Care, says choosing a plan is STILL not a decision to be taken lightly.

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1:34 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

How to Handle Holiday Stress

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The normal stresses of life can be accentuated during the holidays.

Tziporah Rosenberg is an assistant professor of psychiatry and family medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center and the institute for the family.

She says whether you spend the holidays alone or with family, many people find the season emotionally taxing.

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Understanding The ACA
7:02 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

NY State Marketplace Adds 225,244 Previously Uninsured New Yorkers

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The New York State of Health Marketplace added 225,244 newly insured people since the start of open enrollment.

Officials credit increased outreach efforts.

83,057 previously uninsured New Yorkers signed up on the state exchange for private insurance coverage between November 15th and December 20th.  142,187 people enrolled in Medicaid over the same period.

"The people who did not sign up last year are by definition hard to reach," said Rachel Klein, director of organizational strategy at FamiliesUSA

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