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WRFI News brings you local-first news and voices by, and for, the people of Tompkins and Schuyler counties. Catch WRFI News live, Monday-Friday at 6 p.m.

Want to become a volunteer news journalist? Got a question or news tip? Email News Director Michayla Savitt.

WRFI News Features and Interviews

Dryden student with autism leaves district after incident with police, administration [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | January 6, 2020

This is the story of Jaclyn, the mother of a high school boy with Autism. After the last school year, her son decided to leave the Dryden School District when he and his mother were upset that the school administration would not listen to their concerns, and inadvertently caused an incident between White Fang and…

Local students call for an Ithaca Tenants’ Union

By WRFI News Staff | January 3, 2020

For students and families dealing with the rising costs of universities, housing is perhaps now, more than ever, a critical consideration. At Ithaca’s colleges, many students have struggled with finding housing that meets their needs, whether thanks to hands of predatory landlords, run-down buildings, or other concerns. Fall 2019 WRFI News intern Amelia Zohore has…

Diane Morton, President of Cayuga Bird Club, talks about the 2020 Christmas Bird Count

By Esther Racoosin | December 27, 2019

Diane Morton, President of the Cayuga Bird Club, talks about the 2020 Christmas Bird Count.  Starting in the wee hours of New Year’s Day, volunteer birders will venture out to count birds in a 15 mile diameter area around Tompkins County.  This will be the 58th year that the local birding club will take part…

Freedom and Hope Through Music: Ithaca’s Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | December 10, 2019

Ithaca College Associate Professor Dr. Baruch Whitehead joined WRFI’s Michayla Savitt in-studio to speak about the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, named in honor of the late Ithaca resident and civil rights pioneer Dorothy Cotton. Dr. Whitehead directs the choir, and spoke with Michayla about the group’s work, the art of the Negro Spiritual selections, and…

Katie Quinn-Jacobs speaks about Mothers Out Front-Tompkins County

By Esther Racoosin | December 9, 2019

Katie Quinn-Jacobs, co-leader of the Tompkins County Chapter of Mothers Out Front, speaks about her organization. She discusses how she got involved with MOF and the current activities of her organization. (photo: courtesy of Katie Quinn-Jacobs).  


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