April Franklin

Weekend Edition Host

Before her current role as the local host of WXXI's Weekend Edition and reporter at WXXI News, April spent 12 years working in the Emergency Department at URMC.

Her passion for community and storytelling led her to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Broadcast from SUNY Brockport.

April is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the current Vice President of Rochester Association of Black Journalists.

Ways to Connect

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 The United Christian Leadership Ministry spoke out Monday in response to video footage showing an altercation that led to Rochester Police pepper-spraying a woman in front of her toddler. 

The event happened on Portland Avenue on Feb. 22, but the footage wasn’t released until late last week. 

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Hundreds of Rochester residents received their first dose of the COVID vaccine Wednesday at the former Kodak Hawkeye location on St. Paul Street. 

New York state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency run the site, one of four mass vaccination clinics opened around the state to make the vaccine more accessible to underserved communities.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's office

 After it was announced by New York Attorney General Letitia James that the grand jury would not prosecute the officers involved in Daniel Prude's death, Duwaine Bascoe spent the next day processing what happened. 

“The more you know, the angrier you become because you see the pattern over and over again,” said Bascoe.

Bascoe, an attorney and member of Rochester Black Bar Association, said he had mixed feelings after hearing the decision.

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The leader of the United Christian Leadership Ministry in Rochester is reacting to a grand jury’s decision not to indict the officers involved in the incident a year ago that led to the death of Daniel Prude.

Reverend Lewis Stewart said that, “Many of us are really angry about this because it shows the little value that some police officers place on human life.”

Joanne Gordan

Until March 2020, Joanne Gordon visited her 81-year-old mother at St. Ann’s nursing home every day, just like she had during the 12 years her mom lived there. Since March, Gordon says she had only seen her mother a few times in person, along with Zoom calls and window visits. 

“We had those few days with her and because she got better we were no longer able to come and visit her on a regular basis,” says Gordon.

YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County

The Gallina Development Corporation, The Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Kodak Tower, and the Rochester Public Library will all glow orange this week.

The Rochester skyline will temporarily take on the signature persimmon color of YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County for its Warm Beds Initiative. The event is held annually to bring awareness to women and children the organization serves.

 President and CEO Myra Henry said having the event during February is intentional.

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello gathered with community members on Sunday for a project 15 years in the making.  It was the unveiling of the Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport.

A small celebration was held in honor of Rochester’s most famous abolitionist on what would have been his 203rd birthday.

Rev. Julius Jackson was a bit emotional. He started the effort to rename the airport in 2006.

Kirstin Gillibrand

Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand was in Rochester Monday to announce a proposed bill that would bring more funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP. The program helps low-income families pay their heating bill.

Gillibrand’s proposal, which the senator wants as part of the next coronavirus relief package, would provide $350 to $675 of assistance per family, a total of $10 billion in additional assistance to eligible New Yorkers..



State lawmakers are proposing reform after Rochester Police handcuffed and pepper-sprayed a 9-year-old Black girl Friday.

New York State Senator Samra Brouk and Assemblymember Demond Meeks announced Monday that they are proposing legislation to ban the use of chemical agents -- like pepper spray -- on minors by police.


Ericka Jones

When Erica Jones looks for a place to call home, her must-haves are non-negotiable.

“Can I get through the front door? Are there steps? And can I get inside the bathroom and turn around?" she asked. 

Jones uses a wheelchair, so space is important.

“If I can't maneuver the bathroom, that deems the entire apartment unlivable,” she said.

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 made public spaces more accessible, but many of the civil rights law’s regulations don’t apply to residential housing.