2018 Year in Review

WXXI's year in review includes a look at the debate about Rochester's Parcel 5.

The debate centered on a proposed plan to build a Broadway-style theater and high-end housing at the site. The project attracted early support from philanthropist Tom Golisano, who pledged $25 million in 2016.

Despite City Hall’s optimism about the performing arts center, it faced a number of hurdles, including pushback from local activists and artists; a legal battle involving its developer; a location change; and the loss of its biggest funder.

WXXI’s Evan Dawson and Megan Mack break down what happened with Parcel 5 in 2018.

In May 2018, former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced what would come to be known as the zero-tolerance immigration policy at the border. Under this new measure, everyone crossing the border without proper documentation would be immediately detained and charged with a crime.

This led to children being separated from their parents, and spawned backlash from immigrant activists.

WXXI's Veronica Volk and Evan Dawson look back at some of the ways this policy affected people locally.

After more than 200 people died in Monroe County of opioid overdoses in 2017 – more than the county's death toll from breast cancer and prostate cancer combined – the county launched what it called a multi-pronged opioid action plan.

WXXI’s Brett Dahlberg sat down with editor Denise Young to discuss what’s changed – and what hasn’t – since that plan was announced in early 2018.

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico in August 2017, destroying large parts of the island and killing thousands of people.

The deadly storm forced hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans to leave the island in search of new homes. More than 3,000 people found those new homes in Rochester.

As WXXI looks back at the events and people that made news in 2018, there were some notable citizens that we lost. WXXI's Juan Vazquez remembers some of those that helped shape Rochester.

It maybe wasn't the biggest news to come out of 2018, but certainly almost everyone dealt with one of these critters at some point during the year.

WXXI's Beth Adams updates a story that she first reported on in May: the war being waged in New York state and beyond against a pervasive pest commonly known as the stink bug.

Citizen scientists can help researchers track the presence of the stink bug in their homes and neighborhoods by reporting their findings. Click on this link to learn more.

As WXXI looks back at the events and people that made news in 2018, reporter Alex Crichton revisits one of the biggest controversies to hit social media in years.

Or for at least a day or two.

In May, the Yanny vs. Laurel debate garnered plenty of media attention and sparked countless arguments about what was actually being heard.

And as you’ll hear in this lighthearted report, the audio clip still has that effect.

In 2018, we lost a number of notable people on the national and local levels, but perhaps none of those individuals had more impact in the Rochester area, from a political standpoint, than Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.

Slaughter died in March after suffering injuries in a fall at her Washington, D.C., home.

WXXI’s Randy Gorbman has a look back at this key figure in Rochester politics.

2018 Year in Review: Business news

Dec 27, 2018

In 2018, we saw a number of major announcements and changes related to Rochester-area businesses and the local economy. 

WXXI News Director Randy Gorbman, who hosts our weekly local business report, is joined by Beth Adams to take a look at some of them.

Looking back at 2018, it was quite the year in politics locally and nationally. WXXI's Juan Vazquez sat down with Scott Fybush to discuss the biggest political news of the year, from a new representative in Congress for the 25th District to a blue wave that changes the complexion of Congress.