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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Governor Andrew Cuomo is on a state tour to pressure legislators into adopting a $10.50 per hour minimum wage by the end of 2016. The plan comes at the same time some retailers are raising wages on their own.

Last month, Walmart announced a plan to raise the minimum wage it pays its employees to $9 an hour—$10 in a year. A number of retailers have pledged to follow suit, taking the wage they pay above the federal minimum of $7.25.

The Supreme Court hears a case Wednesday that could have a major impact on the future of the Affordable Care Act. 

The Court will hear arguments on whether people on the federal health insurance exchange can continue to receive subsidized coverage.

Since New York has its own exchange the high court’s decision wouldn’t immediately affect how the ACA works in the state.

But, if an estimated 5.5 million Americans in 34 states without exchange lose their subsidies, the ripple effect could touch New Yorkers.

Michelle Faust

Emily Roth sits in a café after a long weekend shift. The 27-year old obstetrics nurse eats a sandwich and gushes about her 15-month old daughter. Her smile puffs her cheeks up, lifting her brown rectangular-framed glasses away from her face.

Roth has been a nurse for three years and she loves her job, but she hasn’t always felt that way. "I was going home pretty stressed out on a regular basis. I would go home and cry to my husband sometimes," she said.

A specialized type of endoscopy that looks at the gall bladder and pancreas is linked to an infection that killed two patients at the University of California, Los Angeles. The Food and Drug Administration is investigating and has issued a general warning about the specialized scope. 

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, or ERCP, is the procedure that exposed at least 179 patients with bacteria known as CRE.

Seven people were exposed to the antibiotic-resistant superbug, 2 of whom died. CRE is rare in New York State.


The deadline to file your tax return is just under two months away. As many Americans file, they’re finding there are more questions about health insurance on the annual tax forms than ever before based on changes in place because of the Affordable Care Act.

In New York, and several other states, people who find they owe a penalty on their 2014 tax return will now have a special enrollment period to sign up for health coverage.

New Yorkers who qualify will have from March first until the end of April to enroll. This follows a similar decision by the federal government.

About 10 years ago, use and abuse of prescription opioids surged. Today, the related drug of choice is heroin. Police say the drug is more readily available than in the past. We’re going to talk with a person who is currently going through recover treatment, and others about this dangerous trend.      

  • Mark Winsberg, MD, Clinical Director, Rochester Regional Chemical Dependency
  • Paul Jacoby, primary therapist, Rochester Regional Chemical Dependency
  • Colin
  • Jim Wesley, Drug Chemistry Supervisor, Monroe County Crime Lab


Open enrollment for the second year of the Affordable Care Act is over. How many people enrolled and what does it mean for the future of the health law? What can we expect to happen to the cost of medical care going forward?

Also, this year, more than ever before, your health insurance could have a big effect on what you owe in taxes. We tackle all these issues with our panel:

The final number of New Yorkers who signed up for health insurance through the state exchange this year tops a half a million.

New York State of Health Marketplace is claiming more than 564 thousand new enrollees for 2015. Add that to last year’s numbers and more than 2.1 million people have used the state exchange for health insurance in the first 2 years of the Affordable Care Act.

Donna Frescatore is the Executive Director of the state marketplace. She’s says a close to 90 percent renewal rate for people with private health plans points to stability.


While six federal grants, totaling $492,891,551 were used to build the New York State of Health Marketplace, the network will need to be financially self-sustaining in the future.

Going forward health plans will incur an average $25 annual surcharge to help fund the exchange.

Executive Director Donna Frescatore says navigators and assisters—people who help others enroll in marketplace coverage—are an important part of the equation.