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.

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The mention of sex or sexuality doesn’t usually get much of a reaction on many college campuses, but for many Houghton College students, the topic is still considered taboo. Students from across the religious spectrum attend the small liberal arts school for its curriculum and conservative Christian values.

As coronavirus cases rise in Monroe County, the Jordan Health Center is helping to keep people out of the emergency room with its new respiratory clinic.

Over the weekend, a ceremony was held for the clinic, which originally opened in April as a coronavirus testing site for disproportionately affected communities.

Dr. Janice Harbin, Jordan Health Center's president and CEO, said the health center worked with Monroe County, the city of Rochester and the Black Physicians Network to provide testing to people living in predominantly African-American and Hispanic communities.

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Voter turnout in Monroe County was just shy of 74% as of 8 p.m., according to the county Board of Elections, a figure that would put the county on pace to eclipse the highest general election turnout in many years but fall short of the record.

County elections officials issued the following numbers:

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A countywide food drive will bring meals to families in need this Thanksgiving holiday. 

Monroe County legislator Vince Felder, county police officials, and members of Uniting and Healing through Hope of Monroe County made the announcement Wednesday.

Clay Harris, founder of Uniting and Healing through Hope of Monroe County, came up with the idea of bringing different organizations together to address the socioeconomic and health needs during the pandemic.

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Early voting began in New York state on Saturday, and continues through Nov. 1,  two days before Election Day.

There were long lines when polls opened at 9 a.m.

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More than 450 people attended the first day of Rochester’s Interrupt Racism Summit on Tuesday. The two-day virtual summit sponsored by The Urban League of Rochester educates people on how to dismantle racism at their workplaces and in their communities.

In her keynote speech to participants, Urban League of Rochester CEO Seanelle Hawkins said many organizations will speak out against racism without addressing systemic problems in their own organization.

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About 100 people gathered at Susan B. Anthony Square in Rochester Saturda for the Rochester Women's March. 

The protest and march, part of a national call-to-action in solidarity with the Women's March organization, was held to oppose the appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. Participants are asking congressional members to vote against filling Justice Ruth Ginsburg's seat before the Nov. 3 election. The demonstrators were calling for members of Congress to support a woman's right to choose, Black lives matter, LGBTQ rights, and 'healthcare for all.'

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On Sunday afternoon, La Marketa at the International Plaza made its long-awaited debut.

Hundreds of people weaved in and out of the outdoor marketplace, greeting friends as they purchased food and other items from vendors selling anything from fresh produce to jewelry.

The Latin-themed marketplace and event space is located on North Clinton Avenue, near St. Michael's church, the visual cornerstone to Rochester's largest Latinx community.


At a Black Doctors for Black Lives rally in memory of George Floyd in June, URMC President Dr. Mark Taubman stood with members of the Black Physicians Network. On that day, he made a public commitment to the University of Rochester's diversity efforts. What no one at the event knew was that months before, another man had suffocated while in police custody just hours after leaving the Strong Hospital’s emergency department. That man was Daniel Prude who died a week later.

April Franklin

C.A.R.E. Rochester, which stands for Community Action Resources Education, is a partnership between the Father Laurence Tracy Advocacy Center, Ibero-American Action League, and Trillium Health to address the opioid epidemic. One of the ways CARE is helping Rochester’s North Clinton neighborhood is by cleaning up discarded needles around the area.