Alex Crichton

All Things Considered Host

Alex Crichton is host of All Things Considered on WXXI-AM 1370. Alex delivers local news, weather and traffic reports beginning at 4:00 p.m. each weekday.

He was born in Rochester, but “raised” in several other spots as part of an Army family.  Those locations included Ft. Rucker, AL, Ft. Sam Houston, TX and Ft. Sill, OK.  Alex returned to Rochester in 1969 and has been here ever since.

After graduating from Ashland College (now University) in 1981, Alex landed his first radio job at WGMC in Greece.   He also worked at WRTK Talk Radio (1370 on the AM dial, coincidentally) stayed on when the format was changed to country, and even worked a couple of weeks as a full-time country disc jockey.  Alex also worked at WBBF when it had a talk lineup as Toby Gold’s engineer for his show, for those who remember.  Also during this same time period, Alex was the regular fill-in for a service called Rochester Radio Sports.

In 1984 Alex joined WXXI, going on the air with a news/jazz/public affairs format.  Here at WXXI he has done sports, produced news and music programs, hosted a daily then a weekly jazz show, produced live remotes, worked on TV auctions, done interviews with all sorts of people from musicians to politicians, engineered talk shows, started doing newscasts for All Things Considered in the mid-90s, then moved to Morning Edition in 1997.  

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Thursday was an exciting day at Optimax.

The Ontario, Wayne County company built the lenses that are on board "Perseverance," the latest Mars rover to land on the red planet.

One of the Optimax instruments on the new rover is an ultraviolet spectrometer which will analyze rocks collected from the surface. Spokesman Joe Spillman said this is the culmination of a process that has taken several years, and millions of miles.


There will be an opportunity this week to learn more about six Black women who helped shape the nation as the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls is launches a new virtual induction series this week, honoring women posthumously.

Induction Chair Sujatha Ramanujan said that inductees into the hall have traditionally been chosen by adjudication, and induction ceremonies were conducted before a live audience.

Ramanujan said that there is an entire rich history of women in this nation who have passed on who deserve to be recognized.

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Monroe County is reporting 187 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, down from the 315 new cases reported on Monday.

Tuesday's report shows that the seven-day rolling average positivity rate is 4.63%, down slightly from Monday’s rate of 4.67%.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 257 per day. There were no new deaths, the total is 309 to date.

There are 206 people in the Finger Lakes region hospitalized with the virus, 40 of them in the ICU.

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On the day Monroe County reported another 73 cases of COVID-19, and one new death from the disease, Public Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza is expressing concern about the colder weather which is driving people indoors at bars and restaurants.

During a coronavirus briefing Thursday, Mendoza thanked the restaurants that are working hard under these challenging circumstances.

He said if there are cases in a restaurant, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the restaurant’s fault, because it comes down to people, and he said that sometimes mistakes are made.

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The Monroe County Department of Public Health has reported another spike in the number of daily positive cases for COVID-19.

On Friday, officials said they saw 78 newly confirmed cases, with a number of those cases involving individuals in the 10 to 19 age range as well as men in their 20s.

At St. John Fisher College, which announced earlier in the week it would move to all-remote learning for the rest of the fall semester, reported 95 confirmed cases of COVID-19 through October 23.

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Monroe County has the lowest COVID-19 infection rate for communities with over 500,000 people in the United States according to a New York Times report cited by county leaders. They touted the report in the first of a series of regular coronavirus briefings that will be held on Thursdays.

Monroe County Commissioner of Public Health, Dr. Michael Mendoza, noted that the number of confirmed cases has gone up, including the numbers released on Thursday, which showed 52 new cases of the virus. Mendoza said that’s because the county is doing more testing.

Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson has announced that deputies will soon be equipped with body-worn cameras.

He said it's an initiative that has been a priority of his since taking office last year, and is not a reactive move following incidents involving police and the deaths of Daniel Prude and George Floyd.

“Video is helpful for investigations, prosecutions, alleged misconduct, and also if there's a false allegation, it also helps us there as well." Henderson said the cameras will be a positive addition for law enforcement.

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The University of Rochester Medical Center is conducting another Phase 3 clinical trial for a potential coronavirus vaccine under the federal Operation Warp Speed initiative.

More than 30,000 people from around the country will be recruited for the study, including 1,000 in Rochester. Volunteers will receive the first doses of the vaccine, which was developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford.

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Tuesday was National Poll Worker Recruitment Day, and good government organizations such as Common Cause New York are encouraging young people to sign up to work at voting sites this fall.

Executive Director Susan Lerner noted that poll workers are generally older, and during the pandemic, many may be opting out of being a poll worker out of fear of contracting COVID-19.

``Young people can help our elections and make some extra money by becoming poll workers and relieve the pressure on our older poll workers," Lerner said.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says New Yorkers should be proud of their hard work and discipline, which led to another day of record low numbers for COVID-19 hospitalizations, ICU Patients and intubations statewide.

Cuomo reported on Sunday that the number of hospitalizations fell to 472 as of Saturday, a new low since March 16.

There were 110 patients in intensive care, the lowest since March 15.

And intubations, or patients on a ventilator, fell to 50 statewide, a new low since mid-March.