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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The Rochester Police Department announced a new training program for officers on Wednesday. The mandatory two-day program will take place in May. 

It’s called the Robert E. Craig Institute for Ethical Leadership, named after the former RPD deputy chief who was at the announcement. 

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Some local schools are easing into in-person learning after a year of remote classes, and while the shift comes with some risks, health officials said simple precautions can help protect students and school staff.

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Moments before the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial was announced, Kevin McGowan, superintendent at the Brighton Central School District, shared how his district’s would talk about the trial. 

McGowan said it’s not about telling kids what they should think, but giving them a safe space to form their own thoughts and share their feelings. 

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The Pittsford Central School District superintendent issued an apology on Tuesday over a classroom worksheet about slavery. 

In January, a fourth-grade classroom lesson on “Colonial times” included a worksheet that stated African Americans -- not Africans -- voluntarily agreed to take the trip across the Atlantic Ocean in exchange for several years of work, but were then kept in enslavement.

Other prompts in the fill-in-the-blank worksheet included what "jobs" slaves had.

A parent raised concern with the district over the worksheet. 

With the federal pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine over rare but potentially fatal blood clots, the Department of Veterans Affairs is halting their use of the vaccine based on FDA and Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.

The Finger Lakes VA system administered nearly 1,000 J&J vaccines. That included pop-up clinics in Rochester for veterans at risk of homelessness. 

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A rally in support of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in Rochester was held on Saturday.

The gathering is in response to a rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans across the country, including a mass shooting in Georgia last month that targeted Asian businesses.

Monroe County Legislator Frank Keophetlasy, one of the event organizers and a member of the city’s advisory council for new Americans, said it’s important to show unity against targeted violence.

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A two-day COVID-19 vaccination clinic in downtown Rochester is providing Moderna shots for people with disabilities through a partnership with the Center for Disability Rights, AcuteKids pediatric urgent care, and Monroe County. 

The clinic is expected to vaccinate 60 people in a vulnerable population; according to the National Institutes of Health, people with developmental and intellectual disabilities have been harder hit by the pandemic's effects.

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It's been a year since Daniel Prude died after Rochester police officers restrained him during a mental health arrest. He had been rendered brain-dead during the March 23 arrest and was taken off life support a week later. 

What happened to Prude reignited an already active movement for racial justice, this time focusing on mental health and policing. 

Some police officers receive crisis intervention team, or CIT, training. It's a program that’s been in place since 2004. 


Health care workers around the globe have endured prolonged trauma throughout the pandemic. Long shifts. Difficult cases. At times hospital rooms and hallways overflowing with patients with no end in sight.

While psychology experts warn that there are early indicators of post-traumatic stress disorder among medical workers, there are also newly proposed roads to healing.

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Nearly 50 veterans received their COVID-19 vaccine -- the one-dose Johnson & Johnson shot -- on Monday at the Veterans Outreach Center.

While the pop-up clinic was aimed at reaching veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, not everyone who was vaccinated was homeless.

After getting his shot at the South Avenue center, Samuel Robbins had one question for the nurse: “When can I be around my grandkids?”