Veronica Volk

Veronica Volk is a Reporter/Producer for WXXI News.  She comes from WFUV Public Radio, where she began her broadcasting career as a reporter covering the Bronx, and the greater New York City area. She later became the Senior Producer of WFUV’s weekly public affairs show, Cityscape.
Originally from Ocean County, New Jersey, Veronica got her B.A. in Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University, concentrating on Media, Culture, and Society.


Leaders of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council are celebrating a big win: The region is being awarded $500 million through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative.

Researchers at the University of Rochester have figured out a new way to track teenage drinking using Instagram, and they hope to advance the study to equip educators with more effective tools to prevent it.

The first thing you do when you decide to compile a ton of data about teenagers is pick a social media platform.

"We decided we were going to use Instagram, which is the most popular social media platform for teenagers." 

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The New York State Education Department has appointed a workgroup to improve outcomes for young men of color. It's called the Blue Ribbon Committee of Regents, and they had their first meeting at Nazareth College.

An environmental group is calling for an end to Bakken oil trains in Fairport.

Mothers Out Front originated in Massachusetts, but they've gained momentum in the Rochester area, specifically because the region is a pass-through for these trains.

Keri Kaminsky is a leader of the group. She says moms play a special role in environmental reform.

"They're doing something just sheerly out of concern for their children, for everybody, for the future."

An Upstate wine maker is speaking out against a plan to transport New York City waste to Seneca Meadows Landfill. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's $3.3 billion, 20 year plan involves shipping waste by rail or barge to the landfill in Waterloo.

Will Ouweleen is the winemaker of O-Neh-Da Vineyard and Eagle Crest Vineyards. He is also the co-founder of the Finger Lakes Wine Business Coalition. He attended a public hearing in Manhattan to speak out against the contract.