Denise Young

Executive Editor of Collaborative Journalism

Denise Young is editor of the local journalism collaborative in the WXXI news department. She is responsible for the Upstate Insight project, which involves coverage by several upstate New York public radio and TV stations.

Denise has more than 20 years of experience in print journalism. Before coming to WXXI News, she served as content coach for storytelling with the Democrat & Chronicle newspaper in Rochester. She led digital initiatives such as the RocRoots local history project for the D&C, and she has extensive experience working with community partners and freelancers.

She received her degree in magazine journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

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Monroe County and hospital system officials detailed their plans Friday morning for what they will do if an influx of COVID-19 patients overwhelms local hospital capacity.

County Executive Adam Bello said the "surge capacity" plan would add more than 2,000 hospital beds, which would potentially double the number currently available.

2018 Year in Review: Inclusion Desk

Dec 25, 2018

WXXI’s Inclusion Desk is the news arm of the station's Move to Include initiative, which is a partnership to encourage thoughtful discussion about issues of inclusion and the differently abled.

And 2018 brought about a lot of these stories, from tragedy to triumph, arts, sports and new initiatives.

Caitlin Whyte and Denise Young from WXXI’s Inclusion Desk talk about the stories that affected those in our communities with disabilities in 2018.


The Ibero-American Action League’s new leader has a long connection with the agency.

Angelica Perez-Delgado is the new president and CEO of Ibero. She is succeeding Hilda Rosario Escher, who said earlier this year that she would be stepping down.

Perez-Delgado said that during her youth and early adulthood, Ibero provided her with a lot of support.

As the region prepares for a wintry blast tonight, the New York state Department of Transportation says it’s ready to do its part to keep roads clear.

Spokesman Jordan Guerrein said the expected 6 inches of snow in the region is “a very manageable amount” for the department.

He said the DOT has been in touch with the National Weather Service to know what to expect — and they’ve planned accordingly.

“We have people on call, we have salt stocked, we have fuel ready to go in our trucks,” he said.

The New York State Education Department has released the latest English and math test scores, and Rochester’s results are the worst among the “Big 5” city school districts.

For the exams given this past spring, in grades 3 – 8, in Rochester, for English Language Arts, 45.2%  of all test-takers statewide in grades 3 through 8 scored at the proficient level.

Urban League of Rochester

The Urban League of Rochester is gearing up to help more than 300 people by providing job training, academic assistance and other supportive services.

The agency received $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to fund two re-entry programs for people who were previously incarcerated or otherwise involved in the justice system.

One, called Project Steps to Success, will serve 125 young adults, ages 18 to 24.

The other, called Project BEAM, will assist 188 people over the age of 25.

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Monroe County officials released figures Wednesday that show the deadly impact that the opioid crisis has had on this area.

At a news conference at Greece Town Hall, County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said in the first half of 2016, the medical examiner’s office reported 97 overdose fatalities directly attributable to the use of heroin, opioids and other related substances.

In the same time period of 2017, there were 115 deaths.

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Like most teenage boys, Johnny Berg loves music and electronics of all types.

But every year, as summer nears, Johnny straps on a helmet and becomes a Super Kid.

Johnny is among the young competitors in the Greater Rochester Soap Box Derby who love getting in their cars every year and letting gravity speed them down the hill on Lakeshore Boulevard.

Tammi and John Berg decided to get their 17-year-old son involved in the derby’s Super Kids program in 2014.

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Hundreds of people gathered outside Rochester City Hall late Friday afternoon to protest recent actions by the Trump administration on immigration.

With the wind chill factor in the single numbers, it made it almost a necessity for the throng of protestors to huddle together closely near the steps of city hall as they listened to various speakers including Mayor Lovely Warren.


Incumbent Republican Rep. Tom Reed kept his seat in the 23rd Congressional District on Tuesday, defeating Democratic political newcomer John Plumb.

Reed won with 55 percent of the vote; Plumb took 40 percent.

Reed was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 after winning a special election for the 29th Congressional District.

When redistricting eliminated the 29th district, Reed successfully ran in 2012 for the 23rd district, a seat he has held since then.