Noelle E.C. Evans

Noelle E. C. Evans is a general assignment reporter/producer for WXXI News with a background in documentary filmmaking and education.

Noelle worked in Quito, Ecuador, for a Venezuelan media organization during a critical time in the country’s history. She has a nuanced understanding of the need for freedom of the press, and is conversational in Spanish.

Noelle is a BBC Grace Wyndham Goldie scholar and has worked with BBC Radio Wales and the BBC World Service. She received her M.A. in International Journalism from Cardiff University in Wales – one of the top ten ranking journalism schools in the UK. Noelle was awarded the university’s USA Excellence Scholarship in 2016.

She began as an intern at WXXI in 2014.

The United States is preparing to withdraw from Afghanistan by September 20 years after invading the country in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks. Meanwhile, the Taliban is laying siege in more areas of the country.

Local Afghans who assisted the U.S. troops, like Abdul Majid Habibi, are pleading for the U.S. to evacuate their families. 

Abdul served in the Afghan army for more than 35 years when he pivoted and started working with the U.S armed forces.

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Wednesday evening be sure to look up into the sky to catch a glimpse of the first in a series of spectacular astronomical happenings.It’s called the Super Flower Blood Moon, and it gets its name from a few different phenomena occurring at the same time.

A supermoon happens at perigee, when the moon’s orbit is closest to the Earth, making the moon look larger than life; the full moon in May is called the Flower Moon; and a Blood Moon occurs when the moon is in the Earth's shadow during a lunar eclipse.

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A new federal program will provide low-income residents with a monthly subsidy to help pay for internet service. Enrollment begins Wednesday.

It's been a year since Daniel Prude died after Rochester police officers restrained him during a mental health arrest. He had been rendered brain-dead during the March 23 arrest and was taken off life support a week later. 

What happened to Prude reignited an already active movement for racial justice, this time focusing on mental health and policing. 

Some police officers receive crisis intervention team, or CIT, training. It's a program that’s been in place since 2004. 

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The City of Rochester has released police body-worn video of the shooting of a man who authorities say threatened officers with a knife early Wednesday morning.

Rochester Police released body camera footage Friday of a woman who was pepper-sprayed by officers on Portland Avenue last month while she was with her child. 

In a news conference Friday, the Police Accountability Board claimed the woman was also tackled, but that wasn’t clear in the video that police released.

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SUNY Educational Opportunity Centers are expanding their online workforce training with more options for students. That includes certifications in childhood development, emergency telecommunications and entrepreneurial skills.

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Thirty detainees have tested positive for the coronavirus at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, the center’s second COVID-19 outbreak since the pandemic began.

 

State lawmakers are proposing reform after Rochester Police handcuffed and pepper-sprayed a 9-year-old Black girl Friday.

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The AARP Foundation and SAGE, an organization that advocates for older LGBTQ people, announced that they’re working together on an initiative to address needs of older LGBTQ people. While the pandemic has impacted all aspects of life, for older LBGTQ people of color, it has exposed the effects of long-term discrimination

“COVID-19 has made those challenges worse, but the reality is these severe difficulties and disparities existed long before COVID-19,” Michael Adams with SAGE said.

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Environmental advocates say money in the state budget meant for environmental initiatives needs to stay intact. Environmental Advocates New York is urging the state not to take the nearly $23 million intended for climate change and environmental initiatives and spend it on other programs.

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On the first day of the New York state legislative session, advocates and some legislators called for limits on solitary confinement in state prisons.

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While election results won’t be official until absentee ballots are counted, one local Native American voter says that there is more than partisan politics on the line.

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Voters paid their respects at Susan B. Anthony’s gravesite in Mt. Hope Cemetery on Election Day, carrying on a local tradition on the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted many women the right to vote.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said she visits Anthony’s gravestone for inspiration, and to remind others of the suffragist’s legacy. 

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When the coronavirus pandemic first spread to Rochester, Penny Sterling wanted to know how she would be counted if she contracted the virus. The data tracking who has contracted COVID-19 is broken down by male or female. Sterling doesn’t fit that mold. She’s a transgender woman.

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The New York Civil Liberties Union has reached a settlement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement over coronavirus protections for detainees being held in Batavia.

A federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to halt a public charge rule in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The rule is also known as a “wealth test,” since any immigrant who qualifies for and relies on public assistance like Medicaid or food stamps could be denied a green card or visa.

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While the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the Trump administration cannot immediately shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, the New York Immigration Coalition says more needs to be done to recognize immigrants’ humanity.

The 5-4 ruling is seen as a narrow victory for immigrants and their loved ones who feared possible deportation had the ruling gone the other way.

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U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday called on Congress to include a proposal for a $50 billion fund in the next coronavirus relief package in an effort to combat an “unprecedented day care crisis.”

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Across New York state on Sunday, caravans of decorated cars paraded streets showing support for farmworkers and food chain workers, but the festive celebrations mark a troubling reality for undocumented, essential workers.

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The Golisano Foundation said it is distributing $426,300 in a first round of COVID-19 response grants to Western New York organizations.

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The director of Cornell University’s prison education program is leading a campaign to provide more face masks to inmates across New York state.

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Eleven detainees have tested positive for the coronavirus at an immigration detention center in Batavia as of Wednesday. The number of confirmed cases has almost tripled since last week.


U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Thursday evening that four detainees at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia have tested positive for COVID-19.

Those identified include a 62-year-old detainee from Pakistan, a 29-year-old from Somalia, a 37-year-old from Honduras and a 31-year-old fromHonduras. No information regarding gender was provided.

ICE officials said that “those who have come in contact with these individuals have been cohorted (grouped together) and are being monitored for symptoms.”

 

Siana McClean is an immigration attorney and the regional American Immigration Lawyers Association representative. She works with detainees at the Federal Detention Center in Batavia. Her drive to the court involves crossing the U.S. Canadian Border. 

But since March 16th, she hasn’t been making the trip. She's worried about the coronavirus. 

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Calls to the Willow Domestic Violence Center's hotline spiked on Friday and again on Monday. Over 40 calls came in Monday. That’s more than double the usual rate.

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SUNY Empire State College is launching the Empire Opportunity Program for the 2020 academic year. The program offers financial aid and academic support to up to 60 students for classes both online and on campus in Buffalo.

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Environmental advocates are commending and challenging the climate initiative budget announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday.

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Immigration advocates gathered Tuesday in Albany to urge state lawmakers to pass a bill that would prohibit U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from making arrests in and around local and state courthouses.

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Starting Jan. 15, adoptees over the age of 18 in New York state will be able to access their birth certificate without a court order.

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