Noelle E. C. Evans


Noelle E. C. Evans is a general assignment reporter/producer for WXXI News with a background in documentary filmmaking and education.

Noelle previously worked in Quito, Ecuador, for a Latin American media organization. She has a nuanced understanding of the need for freedom of the press, and is conversational in Spanish.

Noelle is a BBC Grace Wyndham Goldie scholar (2016) and has worked with BBC Radio Wales and the BBC World Service. She received her M.A. in International Journalism from Cardiff University in Wales – one of the top ten ranking journalism schools in the U.K. Noelle was awarded the university’s USA Excellence Scholarship in 2016.

She began as an intern at WXXI in 2014.

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Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester say they strongly oppose a federal decision that would strip some international students of their visas.

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program announced Monday that international students on M-1 and F-1 visas would no longer be able to take online classes, and must either transfer schools to take in-person classes or risk deportation.

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This Fourth of July, a group of cyclists is honoring the struggle for Black Americans' freedom. They’re called the ROC Freedom Riders. 

Rashad Smith and Devin Anglin created the group in June. Initially, they’d planned to get more exercise during quarantine.

“I wanted to be able to exercise and work out, and I wanted to incorporate an element that was fun and exciting,” Smith said. “And so we said, ‘Hey, let’s go for a bike ride.’ ”

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Adrian Jones graduated as the valedictorian of Edison Career and Technology High School within the Rochester City School District. 

But he wasn’t able to give his speech in front of his fellow classmates. By the time graduation came around, it was canceled.

“At the beginning, it's the whole college process so everything's kind of hectic and crazy,” Jones said. “And then when it’s finally over, you expect for all the fun stuff about senior year to start happening -- and then everything just came to a halt.”

Adam Bello’s win in last year’s Monroe County executive election left a vacancy in the county clerk’s office -- one that Gov. Andrew Cuomo filled from a familiar Assembly district.

Cuomo tapped 136th District Assemblyperson Jamie Romeo to fill the rest of Bello’s term, just like he named Bello, who was in that same seat, to fill Cheryl Dinolfo’s term when she became county executive in 2016. Now, Romeo faces her first challenge, a Democratic primary, in an effort to keep the seat.

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Local religious leaders gathered outside City Hall on Tuesday calling on elected officials and community members to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Rev. Lane Campbell is a minister with the First Universalist Church of Rochester and chair of the religious leaders caucus of the Rochester Alliance of Communities Transforming Society. She said that it’s time to divest from police departments, uphold the Police Accountability Board, and invest more in community and youth services.

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About 10 people with the City-Wide Tenant Union of Rochester gathered outside the Hall of Justice on Monday morning as housing courts reopened to some eviction cases.

They carried signs bearing messages such as “Eviction Free Zone” and “Resist Evictions.” 

To help people during the coronavirus pandemic, eviction proceedings have been on holdsince March, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo implemented a statewide moratorium that ended June 20. Then in May, Cuomo extended the executive order until Aug. 20.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Monroe County Public Health confirmed 18 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday.

The youngest is a boy under ten years old. The oldest are two men in their 90s. 

The department says that it is no longer updating hospitalizations, ventilator and death statistics on Sundays. Those numbers will still be released Monday through Saturday.

Nearly 3,000 people have recovered from isolation so far.

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Monday marks the reopening of eviction courts in New York state and members of the Rochester City-wide Tenant Union are rallying at the Monroe County Hall of Justice on Monday morning in protest.

Advocates with the union say they want to pressure landlords not to file eviction cases while showing support for tenants at risk of eviction. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended the eviction moratorium through August 20 for tenants eligible for unemployment or facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. 

University of Rochester Medical Center

A psychiatric inpatient unit for people with COVID-19 at the University of Rochester Medical Center aims to treat patients while preventing an outbreak. 

Psychiatrist and family doctor Kevin Brazill oversees the unit. Every person who is admitted for care is swabbed for the coronavirus, he said; if they test positive and are asymptomatic, they are sent to this unit.

“Basically what we’re trying to do is prevent anyone who may be COVID-positive from inadvertently spreading the virus to other people,” Brazill said. 

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While the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the Trump administration cannot immediately shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, the New York Immigration Coalition says more needs to be done to recognize immigrants’ humanity.

The 5 to 4 ruling is seen as a narrow victory for immigrants and their loved ones who feared possible deportation had the ruling gone the other way.