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 recent study says that planting a trillion trees across the globe could help reduce enough carbon to offset climate change.

But locally, invasive species threaten the forests we already have.

Mark Quinn is a horticulturist with the Monroe County Parks Department. He says they plant thousands of trees every year, but that doesn’t even touch what they’re losing.

"If you look at the white fuzzy bug on the bottom of your hemlock tree, that’s the hemlock woolly adelgid. It’s pretty easy to recognize," he says as he points to the white dots on a tree branch.

Workers rights advocates are planning rallies across the state for a bill that would give farmworkers access to labor protections they don't have.

Right now, in the U.S., federal law states that all workers have the same basic rights -- including overtime pay, the right to unionize, and a day of rest -- except for farmworkers.

West Crosgrove is with Rural and Migrant Ministries. They’re advocating for a state bill that would extend those protections to farmworkers.

Six local school districts are partnering with the University of Rochester's Warner School to bring classrooms into the digital future.

The National Science Foundation had awarded the partners $3 million for a project to help train teachers to provide digitally-rich instruction. That means teaching in a classroom where students use mainly laptops and tablets to learn material and complete assignments.

The City of Rochester has adopted new, accessible construction guidelines.

Stephanie Woodward is the Director of Advocacy at the Center for Disability Rights in Rochester.

"It was certainly a windy road to get here, but the point is that we got here."

Woodward says the CDR has been working tirelessly with the city in order to make sure people with disabilities have access to accessible, affordable, and integrated housing in Rochester.

Luticha Doucette always knew she wanted to be a scientist, even if no one else thought she could do it.

"I was very much discouraged from going into the sciences. People would be like, 'Well, don’t you want to be a teacher?' And I would be like, yeah, teachers are great, but that’s not what my heart was in."

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