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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Flowers are in bloom in what used to be a vacant lot on Joseph Avenue in Rochester. Those working in the hot sun and soil this summer have been uncovering aspects of Rochester’s opioid epidemic.

Eric Pough works as a landscaper in the Community Bloom garden. Almost 21 years old, Pough spends the days planting, weeding, and mowing the grass.

"I’m glad to be doing something for the community, everything’s going well," Pough says.

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Rochester’s local labor community kicked off the Labor Day parade on Monday with remarks from organizers and local officials. A recent labor law for farmworkers was a highlight. 

Mary Sullivan, with the Civil Service Employees Association says that this holiday comes from labor organizing.

"Today is our day! Labor Day was founded to celebrate you, me, and everyone who works for a living," She says.


The New York State Division of Consumer Protections says people claiming to be representatives of a utility company are targeting people in emails, phone calls, and even at their homes. 

Scammers are asking for Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and requesting money for alleged past-due bills. They are also targeting people who speak Spanish and Chinese as their first languages.

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Abigail Hernandez’s legal team filed an appeal Tuesday. That’s after losing a bond hearing earlier this month. Her immigration attorney compares the case to something out of a Lewis Carroll novel.

Hernandez is a 22-year-old woman with an intellectual disability. She made an online threat against East High School in Rochester back in 2018. Though protected under DACA at the time, she is now an immigrant without legal status.

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Community leaders spoke Thursday at the Black and African American Equal Pay Day Rally. The event highlighted the historical context around pay inequity, and shed light on ways to close the gap.

Tanishia Johnson with the child education advocacy group, Roc the Future, says that simple steps can help change what she says is a human rights matter, as well as a systemic racism, and gender discrimination issue.

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The Trump administration announced Wednesday a new regulation that would allow indefinite detention for migrant children and families who enter the U.S. illegally.

The acting secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan, said that under this new rule, "All children in the government's care will be universally treated with dignity, respect, and special concern in concert with American values.”

New York Immigration Coalition’s Anu Joshi said that’s unlikely, given the administration’s track record.

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A top federal official toured the laser lab at the University of Rochester on Tuesday.  Lisa Gordon-Hagerty  is Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration. That agency is responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science.

Gordon-Hagerty said the role that the Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics  plays in this process is a crucial one.

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The 50th annual Puerto Rican festival opened Friday afternoon at Frontier Field with food, music, and good vibes. It was sunny, and the mix of music, food, and the energy couldn’t be more welcome after weeks of bad news.

Early Friday afternoon, the crowd was small but vibrant. Jose Andres Nieves, 79, is here with a group from Centro de Oro, a Latinx senior center run by Ibero. Jose says he came for the live music.

"I am a fanatic of Trio Los Condes from Puerto Rico, but I like salsa and merengue, anything," he says in Spanish.


The New York Civil Liberties Union released a report Thursday showing racial disparities in Irondequoit and Greece policing. 

The report, based on information given by the police departments, says that in 2014, a third of all traffic stops in Greece involved black people, though only 6 percent of the town’s residents are black.

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Democratic Rep. Joe Morelle announced Wednesday that he is taking action on climate change.

“There is no greater threat facing humanity, and there’s probably never been a greater threat ever to face humanity," Morelle said.

Morelle said he is sponsoring the Climate Emergency Resolution that Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced last month. He’s also endorsing multiple environmental bills.