Caitlin Whyte

Caitlin joins WXXI after working down the street at Stephens Media Group where, she co hosted a children's radio show, "Saturday Morning CarTunes" on WARM 101.3 and worked as a traffic reporter for various affiliates.

Prior to that, she lived in Western Alaska where she worked for KNOM in Nome.  When she was not engrossed in all things Iditarod, Caitlin served as the community and education spot producer and hosted the weekday morning program.

Originally from Rochester, Caitlin graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a B.S in Audio/Radio Production and Broadcast Management. She is excited to make the jump to public radio and host Weekend Edition.

 

Are children who see movie characters use guns more likely to use them? One study from Ohio State University says it seems to increase the chances.

The study showed groups of kids, ages 8 to 12, different versions of the same movie. One had the gun scenes kept in, and one edited the gun scenes out. The children were then sent to a room to play where a real, unloaded gun was hidden amongst toys.

With a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, scientists from the University of Rochester & Rochester Institute of Technology are working to create an app that can alert doctors of the onset of atrial fibrillation or afib.

Afib is an irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke and heart failure.

Jean-Phillippe Couderc is an Associate Professor of Medicine at UR, he says the technology developed uses the camera in your phone or tablet and scans the way your face changes when your heartbeats.

Mayor Lovely Warren is announcing a plan to demolish all vacant homes in Rochester.

Currently, that list includes 175 properties, many that have been vacant for years.

"The houses on our demolition list are beyond repair. They are unsafe and often contaminated with asbestos and lead. They can be a magnet for drug users and crime."

Standing outside one on Ames Street, Warren said these properties bring down the surrounding homes values and community morale, and that neighbors deserve better.

Restaurant workers stood in the courtyard of the Village Gate on Labor Day afternoon to announce a citywide campaign against sexual harassment in their workplaces.

Mohini Sharma organized the event with MetroJustice, saying it’s unacceptable that this type of behavior can sometimes be "considered part of the job" by some managers.

"That can be anything from being hit on, comments about their appearance, being asked for their number incessantly, being touched, being grabbed."

  

Rochester fast food workers joined nationwide Labor Day strikes, demanding union rights and a $15 minimum wage. 

Outside the McDonald's on Monroe Avenue, fast food workers and labor supporters gathered in solidarity with the movement.

Fast food workers won a significant victory three years ago, when it was announced New York State would incrementally raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021, but some say this needs to happen sooner. 

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