Max Schulte


Max Schulte is responsible for creating video and photo elements for WXXI News and its digital spaces. He also assists with news and public affairs coverage, digital-first video content, and studio productions.

Prior to joining WXXI News, Schulte was a staff photographer for the Democrat and Chronicle for 23 years, his last two years he was lead photographer. Focusing his lens on breaking news and visual storytelling, he has earned national and New York State Associated Press Association honor for both his still photography and video.

A native of Buffalo, Schulte grew up in the Elmwood Village. He is a Rochester Institute of Technology graduate with a BFA degree in photojournalism. His passion for photography started in grammar school and continues to this day.

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Dozens of protesters calling for justice in the death of Daniel Prude marched from the Public Safety Building to Rochester City Hall on Tuesday morning.

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Family, friends and constituents lined up to pay respect to one of the state’s longest-serving officials, Assemblyman David Gantt. 

Outside the Church of Love and Faith Center on Exchange Street on Friday, Thomas Gantt took a few minutes to remember his brother and their mother, Lena, who was active in antipoverty efforts in Rochester for decades through organizations like Action for a Better Community. Thomas Gantt said his brother picked up where Lena left off. 

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Amid all the coronavirus concerns, a friendship grows stronger.

Once Hamilton College told students not to return to the campus in Clinton, New York, about 45 minutes east of Syracuse, Billy Geach had a dilemma.

He's from Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe in Africa. Currently, COVID-19 has not been detected in Zimbabwe -- one of the reasons he's decided not to return to his home country.

So his classmate Ben Coffey and his family opened their Fairport home to Geach until he could join relatives in Texas.

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Throughout the region, residents paused Monday to remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. 

The MLK Day 2020 Community Celebration at Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre focused on the women who helped make the movement possible.

Simeon Bannister is the chair of the commission that produced the event. He asked the crowd to take responsibility for Rochester by focusing on improving education and “crushing” poverty in the region.

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In a split vote, the Rochester City School District Board of Education approved a plan late Thursday night to lay off 155 district employees.

Under the latest plan from Superintendent Terry Dade, teachers will account for 109 of those layoffs, down from a previous proposal to lay off 152 teachers.

Teachers like LeAnna Dupree and Jamie Lillis were among the hundreds of teachers, staff, and community members who protested outside. They were also among 94 people who expressed their displeasure with the cuts during a nearly three-hour public comment period.

“This is an opportunity for redemption," said Dupree. "Mistakes have been made, of course they have, but join us now be a part of our district. Either take responsibility for your roles in the crisis, or take responsibility for saving the teachers and students.”

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Students throughout the Rochester City School District continue to stage protests to try to spare teachers from layoffs amid a budget crisis. 

More than 150 teaching jobs are scheduled to be eliminated under a proposal from Superintendent Terry Dade to close a projected $64.8 million deficit.

Hundreds of students marched on the sidewalks and spilled into Broad Street outside the district's central office Monday morning.

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East High School students, like senior Madison Smith, walked out of their classes on Monday to protest the district’s plan to layoff more than 150 teachers. The cuts, which total over 200 staffers, come as district leaders grapple with bridging a $64.8 million budget gap. 

“If you see us doing this, if you see how hard we’re fighting for these teachers, and you still don’t care, and you still plan on cutting them, on not changing your decision, It shows that you do not have our best interests in mind,” Smith said.

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The sights and sounds of Rochester's first snowfall on Thursday as rain turned into snow in a matter of hours.

Winter officially begins with the winter solstice on Saturday, Dec. 21.