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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.


4:22 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Poverty Related Illness

Western New Yorkers living in poverty are at a higher risk for many chronic and life-threatening illnesses. High rates of miscarriage, infant mortality, toxic stress, asthma, and diabetes disproportionately affect the most vulnerable among us. The new federal health care law makes some attempts to equalize access to medical services. We’ll look at whether there has been progress and what steps we should to improve the health of the least fortunate Americans with our panel:

  • Dr. Matt Devine, Highland Family Medicine
  • Dr. Lorinda Parks, Jordan Health
  • Candice A. Lucas, URMC Center for Community Health
4:07 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Hospital Readmissions


When patients come back to the hospital for a second time after a surgery or emergency room visit, it has tremendous costs. These costs affect no one more than the patients themselves, who can lose their lives. We’ll talk to experts and hospital administrators about projects to lower readmissions and the conventions in the affordable care act that attempt to lower hospital readmissions through penalties.

Our panel:

  • Anna Lambert, associate director of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Nursing at Strong Hospital
  • Jordan Rau, senior correspondent, Kaiser Health News
  • Dr. Eugene Litvak, president & CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Optimization
4:35 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Schumer Wants CDC to Gather Data on Child Deaths

Credit Michelle Faust

Senator Charles Schumer was in Rochester—a city with a child mortality rate higher than most of the nation—to call on the Senate to pass the Sudden Infant Death Enhancement and Awareness Act.

Schumer was at the University of Rochester Monday to talk about the legislation that would standardize the reporting protocols for infants who die of unexplained causes. That data could then be researched to help prevent future deaths.

Schumer explains currently information from sudden unexplained infant death is not gathered and standardized anywhere in the country.

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4:58 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Union Rallies In Front Of RG&E Building

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Dozens of people crowded the sidewalk Friday in front of the RG&E  building on East Avenue near Chestnut Street, in a rally organized by local labor groups.

They are upset over demolition work at the Russell and Beebee stations, because union officials say the California contractor doing work there is not hiring local workers.

Daniel Kuntz is a business manager for Laborers' Local 435, and he says the contractor has not been responsive to their request.

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4:24 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Open Enrollment Begins With 'Window Shopping'


The second year of open enrollment for health insurance in both state and federal exchanges begins Saturday.

U.S. Health and Human Services opened early with a new “window-shopping” feature.

Jessica Kendall, the Director of the Enrollment Assister Network for FamiliesUSA, says the changes intend to make the process of purchasing health insurance easier.

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12:18 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

NY Health Insurance Exchange Open Enrollment Begins Saturday

The state health department expects 350 thousand new people to enroll in insurance through the New York State Marketplace before February 15th.

The second Open Enrollment for the state health insurance exchange begins Saturday.

Executive Director Donna Frescatore explained to reporters Wednesday the state is ready with an outreach campaign intended to bring in New Yorkers from all ages.

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5:26 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Many New Yorkers Responding To A New Poll Satisfied With Health Marketplace

A majority of respondents to a recent survey report satisfaction with their new health insurance through the New York State of Health Marketplace.

Last month, Harris Poll conducted an online survey of 250 New York State residents new to insurance through the state exchange.

92 percent of those polled report being somewhat or completely satisfied with their coverage.

David Sandman, Senior Vice President of the New York State Health Foundation, says they were surprised by some of the results.

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1:37 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

UR's Endowment Grows to More than $2 Billion

The University of Rochester's endowment has exceeded 2 billion dollars in long-term investments for the first time.

President Joel Seligman credits increases in the stock market for much of the growth, as well as the university's on-going capital campaign.

The university president explains the funds help the college finance the best and brightest.

“For example, we have created 86 new endowed professorships during our capital campaign. That provides resources to hire or retain some of the great stars in the country,” said Seligman.

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2:25 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

URMC Developing Map of Microscopic Lung Structures

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A new project at the University of Rochester Medical Center will have lung researchers breathing easier.

URMC has launched a 5-year effort to develop the Human Lung Molecular Atlas Program, or LungMAP.

Doctor Gloria Pryhuber, professor of Pediatrics and Environmental Medicine, explains the project will give researchers a better understanding of the development and functioning of the lungs on a microscopic level.

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WXXI Local Stories
3:43 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Weekend Fire Will Hurt Area Dairy Farmers

Credit Dairy Farmers of America

Many Western New York dairy farmers will have to find a new source of food for their cows.

Over the weekend, a fire in an industrial grain facility in Caledonia owned by Land O’Lakes destroyed a major source of feed for local dairy farmers.

Dean Norton, president of the New York Farm Bureau, expects local dairy cows may see a change in diet.

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