Michelle Faust

Michelle Faust, MA, joined WXXI News as a Reporter/ Producer in February 2014. She came from KAWC Colorado River Public Media, where she was Morning Edition Host and Spanish Language Producer. Michelle is an enthusiastic follower of news and a long-time aficionado of public broadcasting.

Michelle had press credentials before she had a driver's license, working for newspapers in both high school and college. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Romance Languages in 2002 from the University of Oregon. 

Michelle infuses curiosity and a passion for knowledge into her work. Her previous career in education began in 2002 when she taught English in Nîmes, France, before returning to the University of Oregon for her Master of Arts in Spanish literature. Her career in education culminated with a position as Spanish Professor for Arizona Western College.

Michelle loves travel, languages, nature, and adventure. In her off time, she spends most of her time traveling, reading, studying languages, dancing, doing yoga, and spending time in the outdoors hiking or kayaking.

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Sunday marks an end to paper prescriptions in New York State.

A new law requiring e-prescribing goes into effect over the weekend.

The move is part of an effort to reduce the overprescribing of opioid pain killers in the state.

Lisa Nelson, associate director of Pharmacy at the University of Rochester Medical Center, says that many doctors have been using electronic prescriptions for years.

Rochester Regional Health will use $47 million in state funding to improve clinics and their information technology systems.

The money is part of nearly $96 million the state is investing in health care infrastructure in the Finger Lakes Region.

The money comes from a program called DSRIP—Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program. That's a program designed to fundamentally overhaul Medicaid. New York wants to bring down the price tag of the low-income health coverage.

In the Rochester Finger Lakes region the average college graduate has about 30 thousand dollars in student loan debt according to a report released by Senator Charles Schumer.

The Democrat announced a plan to collect stories on his website from Americans struggling with student debt. 

Schumer says it’s time for the federal government to step in, but the first step to finding solutions is listening to people’s stories.

The average debt for people with bachelor’s degrees in Upstate New York is more than 28 thousand dollars.

“A college education has become a necessity priced as a luxury,” says Schumer.

Schumer says even with lower tuitions at state colleges, the cost of university is still out of reach for many in the middle class.

“Until we get some really large federal help, we’re not going to get enough of the help we need to reduce the burden on the middle class, and that’s why we’re launching this push,” he says.

Student loan debt in the United States is more than $1 trillion dollars.

Raucous laughter fills a small communal kitchen as ten men shout and joke with each other in Spanish after a long day of picking apples on an orchard in Orleans County in Western New York.

They’re playing a game of charades. But instead of pantomiming movie titles or celebrities, the men are acting out symptoms of acute pesticide exposure, which include things like rashes, headaches, vomiting, and eye irritation.

Victims of domestic violence can qualify to sign up for health coverage outside of the regular open enrollment period. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services wants to remind people of this during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

Nicole Greene is the Deputy Director for HHS’ Office on Women's Health. She says one reason a person would stay in a violent home is to keep health insurance for themselves and their children.