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 Mental Health Association in New York state is expanding its School Mental Health Resource and Training Center ahead of the new academic year.

Amy Molloy with the association said mental health and social-emotional learning should be top priorities for schools as they reopen.

“We’ve heard a lot from teachers and administrators that there’s a need to focus on wellness and building relationships and supporting resilience when schools are back in session before we can even get to the academics,” said Molloy.

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Working families across the country are figuring out how to provide care for their children with remote and hybrid schooling this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Katy Briggs, a physician’s assistant and single mother, said that she’s struggled to balance telemedicine calls, her children’s education, and everything else.

“It’s very hard to do my full-time job and help educate my children and be a mom,” said Briggs. “I was experiencing such a high level of burnout at the end of the school year.”

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A plan to modernize George Mather Forbes School is uprooting part of the Mayor Heights neighborhood.

Tacara Windom is the mother of a second-grader at the school and said despite being aware of plans to modernize the school, she was not aware that the house she rents would be collateral.

“Everybody’s talking about beautifying the neighborhood,” said Windom. “Well, the beauty in the neighborhood is the people, and when you're kicking people out of the neighborhood there’s no beauty, there’s just space.”

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Protesters are expected to gather Saturday morning at U.S. post offices around Monroe County in part of a nationwide call to action to safeguard the postal service.

The rallies are set for 11 a.m. at the post offices on Jefferson Road and West Main Street

The aim is to call on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to resign in the wake of mail slowdowns, and urge Congress to protect the integrity of the post office ahead of the presidential election.

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ACT Rochester and the Rochester Area Community Foundation released a report on Thursday detailing racial and ethnic disparities in the nine-county greater Rochester region. 

Among the findings: African American children in the region are almost four times more likely than white children to grow up poor, while Latino children are three times as likely as their white peers. That’s higher than state and national averages.

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Rochester City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night in favor of legislation from Mayor Lovely Warren’s office to help prevent evictions and homelessness.

“I could not imagine doing anything other than take advantage of, and make available, support and services that would begin to address the needs that people are encountering," said City Council President Loretta Scott.

About 4,500 people in Rochester are facing possible evictions during the pandemic, according to the mayor’s office.

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The Revitalize Rochester Fund is seeking entrepreneurs to apply for grants and loans to bring business and co-working spaces to underserved areas in Rochester.

The more than $13 million fund is available for people seeking to build businesses and worker cooperatives in neighborhoods like Bull's Head, where Mayor Lovely Warren and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul spoke on Tuesday.

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The Brighton Police Department and Roberts Wesleyan College are teaming up on research to measure how young Black people in Monroe County feel about police.

The Rochester City School District is forging ahead with a second parent forum after the first meeting abruptly ended shortly after it began on Saturday due to a slew of racist and obscene comments and graffiti. However, this next meeting will be a bit different.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded nearly $2,000,000 to the Rochester Housing Authority. 

The funds can be used for coronavirus-related needs, such as cleaning supplies, personal protective equipment, and childcare for public housing staff. Funding can also support transportation for health-based reasons including coronavirus testing.