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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Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York) urged the Trump administration and Congress to negotiate a new coronavirus relief bill and provide emergency funds to the United States Postal Service. 

During a stop in Rochester on Thursday, the Senate Minority Leader said that without $25 billion in emergency funding, vital mail delivery of medications, paychecks, and mail-in ballots would be compromised.

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Sonia Hadchity said she was about 20 miles south of Beirut when she heard the explosion and saw the billow of smoke on Tuesday.

“I was at the beach with my family when we heard the very big explosion,” said Hadchity, a Lebanese filmmaker. “It was so loud, we thought it was close to us. So we looked and we saw the big mushroom-like cloud and we knew it was something in Beirut.”

Speaking after attending the funeral of a friend’s sister who died from the explosion, she said that many are angry with the government for letting this happen.

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Libraries that closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic are offering curbside pickup and online options for community members. Some Spanish-speaking residents, however, are struggling to access library materials. 

Myrna Gonzalez said even before the pandemic, Spanish-language resources and books were limited at the Lincoln Branch Library on Joseph Avenue in the city of Rochester. Now options are even more restricted, she said. 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo directed the New York state police hate crimes task force on Wednesday to investigate an assault against a transgender man in Rochester.

Cuomo said that he is outraged by reports that a 30-year-old Black trans man was attacked last Friday. The victim sustained a broken eye socket and multiple fractures to his cheekbone according to the Democrat and Chronicle.

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The New York Civil Liberties Union has reached a settlement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement over coronavirus protections for detainees being held in Batavia.

The settlement assures that detainees at the Buffalo Federal Detention Center who are at high-risk of health complications if they contract the virus, will be given protections that are in line with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

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When the first COVID-19 cases were reported in Monroe County in March, Penny Sterling was struck by a detail.

The reports were broken down by a gender binary: male and female. Sterling, a transgender woman, was left with an unsettling question: If she died of the coronavirus, how would she go down in the records?

“Would they let me be the gender that I am or the gender that I was assigned at birth?” Sterling said. “Because I have very strong views on that. And furthermore, what about the nonbinary folk?”

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 Organizers with the group Save Rochester - Black Lives Matter and Black Families Matter are holding a unity rally on Friday at Denver Street in Rochester, the same area where two people were assaulted last week.

On July 31st, two suspects engaged in a "verbal altercation" over one of the victims' sexual orientation before the assault, said the Rochester Police Department. One of the victims, 30, was taken to the hospital for injuries.

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The Monroe County public health department reported 21 new coronavirus cases on Sunday. The youngest is a girl between 10 and 19 years old. The oldest are four women in their 50s. 

The majority of new cases are people in their 20s with four men and four women reported to have contracted the virus. Five people in their thirties and three people in their 40s also tested positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

There were no new deaths, and the total number of deaths remains at 285.


A federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to halt a public charge rule in light of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The rule is also known as a “wealth test,” since any immigrant who qualifies for and relies on public assistance like Medicaid or food stamps could be denied a green card or visa. It had been in effect since February.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand renewed her call for $50 billion in federal funding to stabilize childcare during a visit to Ibero-American Action League’s Early Childhood Services Center Friday.

Gillibrand says that along with the Childcare is Essential Act, which would provide critical support for child care providers, she will also support the Child Care for Working Families Act to provide a long-term solution to childcare access.