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.

A much-anticipated medical cannabis dispensary has finally opened in Rochester.

The dispensary, located deep inside the Eastman Business Park on Ridge Road, is brightly lit with LED lights and shiny white counter tops, accented with wood paneling and textured fabrics in the waiting room. It's evocative of an Apple store with more flora.

Columbia Care's CEO Nick Vita says he's excited to be getting this off the ground, despite some delays. This opening comes three weeks after the state's medical marijuana program went into affect.

It's hard to describe just how massive this pile of potatoes in the Marquart Farms storage facility is. The mountain of spuds towers over Adam Marquart, the operations manager.

"What we're looking at in this building is about 24 million potatoes. That represents about 200 acres of crop, and we harvested them in September. These potatoes are conditioned now, and actually ready to go make chips now."

The New York State Photonics Board is in charge of overseeing an estimated $600 million in federal, state, and private dollars. The investments are intended to grow the optics, photonics, and imaging industry in the region.

Mike Liehr is the CEO of the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics, or AIM Photonics. The institute is only a few weeks old, but Liehr says they're working diligently to start getting things done.


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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