Michelle Faust, WXXI


Michelle Faust, MA, is a reporter/ producer whose work focuses strongly on issues related to health and health policy. She joined the WXXI newsroom in February 2014, and soon after became the lead producer on the Understanding the Affordable Care Act series. Michelle is a reporter with the health collaborative Side Effects and regularly contributes to The Innovation Trail. Working across media, she also produces packages for WXXI-TV’s weekly news magazine Need to Know.

Before coming to the Northeast, Michelle was Morning Edition Host and Spanish Language Producer at KAWC Colorado River Public Media. At WXXI, she occasionally returns to the early shift as a fill-in host.

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. After a year teaching English in Nîmes, France, Michelle returned to UO to complete a Master of Arts in Spanish literature in 2005.

Ways to Connect

Innovation Trail/Joanna Richards file photo

Two New York State regional health information exchanges have been nationally accredited for the security of their systems.

The organizations manage tens of millions of clinical reports in Upstate New York each year.

The Healthcare Information Xchange of New York and Rochester RHIO were recently accredited by the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission.

Michelle Faust/WXXI

The majority of homeless mothers in Upstate New York have experienced trauma in their lives—about half of these show symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

A 12 month study of nearly 300 homeless families Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse, and Rochester released Wednesday by The Wilson Foundation shows 93% of the mothers in the study experienced either physical or sexual abuse in their lifetimes.

Just over ten years ago, Paul McFadden was told outright by a convenience store owner that he was not employable because of a series of convictions in his teens.

Paul McFadden said, "What's the problem? What's going on?"

He said, "A person like you will never work inside of here. You've been a criminal all of your life. You've been a gang member all of your life. You and your kind will never... if I had it my way, I wouldn't even let you step foot inside of my store.”