Caitlin Whyte

Weekend Edition Host

Caitlin joins WXXI after working down the street at Stephens Media Group where, she co hosted a children's radio show, "Saturday Morning CarTunes" on WARM 101.3 and worked as a traffic reporter for various affiliates.

Prior to that, she lived in Western Alaska where she worked for KNOM in Nome.  When she was not engrossed in all things Iditarod, Caitlin served as the community and education spot producer and hosted the weekday morning program.

Originally from Rochester, Caitlin graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a B.S in Audio/Radio Production and Broadcast Management. She is excited to make the jump to public radio and host Weekend Edition.


Ways to Connect

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The annual super sale at Saint’s Place in Pittsford is raising money for refugees for its 20th year.

For two decades, Saint’s Place has been helping legal refugees build new lives in the Rochester region. All of the goods at the sale were donated by the community, and all the profits go towards buying things refugees may need, like beds, winter clothing, or linens.

Michele Quinn is the Associate Director of Saint’s Place, and talked about how many refuges are coming to the United States from camps.

Gates gets Greenlight

Jul 10, 2018
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Greenlight Networks is expanding, and it's starting on the west side.

Gates will be the first whole town to get the high-speed internet service provider; that comes just a few months after a Tom Golisano-owned company bought the business.

Greenlight President Mark Murphy says it has helped accelerate the company's growth.

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Mayor Lovely Warren  on Monday responded to controversy over her decision to let UPrep valedictorian Jaisaan Lovett speak at City Hall.

The graduate gave his valedictorian speech on the city's  YouTube page when the president of the school denied him from speaking at graduation.

Warren was quite emphatic about her decision to give Lovett a platform, saying far too often, we only talk about kids in the city in a negative way.

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41 people took their naturalization oath at the Genesee Country Village and Museum on July 4th, and are now United States citizens.

Giovanni Vella is from Italy, he was wearing an American Flag hat, shirt and socks for the occasion. He says he’s spent decades in the US and wished he could have voted in the last election, that’s what prompted him to become a citizen.

"It’s always been my dream to do this on the 4th of July. We had scheduled it for Flag Day, and I went to Buffalo to change it because its been a dream for the past 40 years to do that on the 4th."

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As temperatures remain steady about 90 degrees, some emergency rooms in the region have seen more patients coming in with heat related illness.

Dr. Justin Mazzillo, Assistant Medical Director for the Emergency Department at Strong Memorial Hospital says it’s hard to get exact numbers since heat isn’t usually a symptom mentioned when a patient comes in, but its causes a lot of issues.

He says people need to keep tabs on what they’re drinking and sun exposure while outside.

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The Monroe County Sheriff's and Clerk's Offices are working together to issue non-driver IDs to county jail inmates.

Until this program, some inmates have been released without identification.

Captain John Kennedy says some asked to keep their wristbands that have a name and photo, but that’s often the image when they were first arrested.


When Joe Morelle announced he would run for the late Louise Slaughter’s congressional seat, he was supported by a who’s who of Monroe County Democrats.

His backers included Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, County Clerk Adam Bello — and even Slaughter’s daughter and son-in-law.

And on Tuesday, he won even more support from Democratic voters who cast ballots in the primary for the 25th District seat.

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Voters have been heading to the polls all afternoon for a number of local races.

Some constituents shared their thoughts on voting in general as well as this year’s big 25th district congressional democratic primary race, with many reflecting on the seats predecessor, Louise Slaughter.

Teresa Kennelly was at her polling place right after they opened at noon. She said she is disappointed in how few people participate in primary elections, and hopes the next person in this position can pick up where Louise left off.

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A proposal to raise the age to buy tobacco products in Monroe County did not make it out of committee at a county legislature meeting on Monday.

That proposal by Democratic legislator LaShay Harris lost in a 3 to 2 vote along party lines in the Agenda/Charter committee.

Several organizations spoke, including the American Heart Association, speaking in support of the measure, and the New York State Vapor Association, which was opposed.

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Advocates are still working to raise the age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old.

22 localities across New York State have passed similar legislation.

Monroe County's Agenda Charter Committee will meet Monday night to vote on the bill.

Caitlin O'Brien, Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association says is essential to curb young smoking.

She is in Rochester for the meeting, and says while the rates of adult smoking are okay these days; rates in young people are skyrocketing due to the popularity of e-cigarettes.