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 worked in Quito, Ecuador, for a Venezuelan media organization during a critical time in the country’s history. 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 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 UK. Noelle was awarded the university’s USA Excellence Scholarship in 2016.

She began as an intern at WXXI in 2014.

Ways to Connect

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On Sept. 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria touched down in Puerto Rico. Thousands of families relocated to Rochester in the months that followed. 

Karla Reyes Ríos is from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She’s 23 years old and a mother of three. She describes Hurricane Maria as dangerous and chaotic.

“Wow, the water -- you could swim in the water,” she says. “The windows crashed down and the door couldn’t close because literally the water was coming through.”

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(AP & WXXI News) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, actress Jane Fonda and attorney Gloria Allred were among the inductees at the National Women's Hall of Fame on Saturday.

The Class of 2019 inducted into the hall in Seneca Falls also included activist Angela Davis , attorney Sarah Deer, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg , retired Air Force fighter pilot Nicole Malachowski, the late artist and suffragist Rose O'Neill and the late U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter of New York.

The ceremonies were held at the del Lago Casino & Resort in Waterloo.

National Women's Hall of Fame

The National Women’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony is Saturday. Attorney Gloria Allred, will be recognized as a trailblazer and pioneer for women’s rights. She is known for often taking on controversial and high-profile cases. 

Allred says she’s grateful to be recognized along with other women, some of whom, like Sonia Sotomayor are her “sheros,” as she calls them. 

Gloria Allred:

I’m just looking forward to congratulating them as well.

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Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies are stepping up their presence at the Rush-Henrietta Central School District after multiple online threats were made against the middle and high schools.

Paul DeLella, a captain with the Sheriff’s Office, said the threats began the third day of the school year on Sept. 5. The first incident was not deemed to be an actual threat, and that investigation is closed. However, two more remain open.

“Since these investigations began, the Sheriff’s Office has provided additional patrols to the schools and the district,” DeLella said.

Rochester City School District

Rochester City School District’s Office of Adult and Career Education Services, OACES, will be receiving a six-figure grant for a mentoring program for young adult refugees. 

OACES will receive $110,797 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families for their Making a Connection program. The program will connect recent refugees aged 15 to 24 with an adult mentor to help them adapt to the local culture, prepare for careers,  assist them with financial literacy, and more.

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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.