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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Members of the 1199 SEIU health care workers union picketed outside of the Pearl Nursing Center on Portland Avenue on Monday as part of a national strike for Black lives. 

Frank Mccoullum is a union member and cook at the nursing home. He joined about 15 others at the picket, including nurses, maintenance workers, and aides, to protest local and national working conditions.   

Philipe Rivera is sitting in his powered wheelchair on the Monroe County Department of Human Services campus.
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Philipe Rivera goes by "Flip." He's 34 years old and has cerebral palsy. He has a tattoo on his arm, uses a wheelchair, and communicates through a device called a DynaVox. 

"I also use a head pointer for my personal PC," Rivera said. "I cannot use my hands. I rely on people to help me with getting dressed, feeding, bathing, etc."

He's been at Monroe Community Hospital since he was 20. Before that, he lived with his mom who was struggling with substance abuse. She couldn't care for him, so he was placed in the nursing facility owned by Monroe County. He said it's never felt like a home. For 10 years, he's been trying to get out. 

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Outpatient mental health services from University of Rochester Medical Center including Lazos Fuertes, URMC’s Spanish-language mental healthcare, are moving from Brighton to downtown Rochester next week.

Dr. Telva Olivares, director of Lazos Fuertes, says the move helps meet patients where they live. 

Many patients live in the city and ride the bus to appointments, so the new location is just a few blocks from the downtown bus terminal, making mental healthcare more accessible.


Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester say they strongly oppose a federal decision that would strip some international students of their visas.

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program announced Monday that international students on M-1 and F-1 visas would no longer be able to take online classes, and must either transfer schools to take in-person classes or risk deportation.

Ayorinde Omobowale

This Fourth of July, a group of cyclists is honoring the struggle for Black Americans' freedom. They’re called the ROC Freedom Riders. 

Rashad Smith and Devin Anglin created the group in June. Initially, they’d planned to get more exercise during quarantine.

“I wanted to be able to exercise and work out, and I wanted to incorporate an element that was fun and exciting,” Smith said. “And so we said, ‘Hey, let’s go for a bike ride.’ ”

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Adrian Jones graduated as the valedictorian of Edison Career and Technology High School within the Rochester City School District. 

But he wasn’t able to give his speech in front of his fellow classmates. By the time graduation came around, it was canceled.

“At the beginning, it's the whole college process so everything's kind of hectic and crazy,” Jones said. “And then when it’s finally over, you expect for all the fun stuff about senior year to start happening -- and then everything just came to a halt.”

Adam Bello’s win in last year’s Monroe County executive election left a vacancy in the county clerk’s office -- one that Gov. Andrew Cuomo filled from a familiar Assembly district.

Cuomo tapped 136th District Assemblyperson Jamie Romeo to fill the rest of Bello’s term, just like he named Bello, who was in that same seat, to fill Cheryl Dinolfo’s term when she became county executive in 2016. Now, Romeo faces her first challenge, a Democratic primary, in an effort to keep the seat.

Michael Tomb

Local religious leaders gathered outside City Hall on Tuesday calling on elected officials and community members to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Rev. Lane Campbell is a minister with the First Universalist Church of Rochester and chair of the religious leaders caucus of the Rochester Alliance of Communities Transforming Society. She said that it’s time to divest from police departments, uphold the Police Accountability Board, and invest more in community and youth services.

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About 10 people with the City-Wide Tenant Union of Rochester gathered outside the Hall of Justice on Monday morning as housing courts reopened to some eviction cases.

They carried signs bearing messages such as “Eviction Free Zone” and “Resist Evictions.” 

To help people during the coronavirus pandemic, eviction proceedings have been on holdsince March, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo implemented a statewide moratorium that ended June 20. Then in May, Cuomo extended the executive order until Aug. 20.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Monroe County Public Health confirmed 18 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday.

The youngest is a boy under ten years old. The oldest are two men in their 90s. 

The department says that it is no longer updating hospitalizations, ventilator and death statistics on Sundays. Those numbers will still be released Monday through Saturday.

Nearly 3,000 people have recovered from isolation so far.