Hard News Coverage

Brittanee Drexel Timeline

For all the wrong reasons, Brittanee Drexel is a household name in the Rochester region.    13 years after she disappeared during a trip to Myrtle Beach, finally, some answers.   

This post chronicles a family’s agonizing quest to find their daughter.   

Gang War Takes its Toll

A Rochester Police Officer was shot and killed while on drug surveillance in the middle of summer.  But the roots behind the attack stretched far and deep, linking to notorious gangs being run out of Boston.  

This post tracks the path of a drug war that is taking over Rochester’s streets.

Continuing Enterprise Coverage

RG&E Investigation

What started as one customer’s peculiar and outrageous bill back in February unearthed a monumental billing problem within the region’s largest utility company.   Rochesterfirst.com uncovered this massive system failure that has stretched into a second year.  

This section contains the stories of dozens of customers that prompted a state investigation, and what you can do if you receive a bizarre bill. 

The Business Beat

RochesterFirst.com has taken the lead in reporting on local business developments.   Many of these posts either debuted on our website, or were exclusive to digital.

Social & Community Coverage

Below are a few excerpts that highlight the diverse, non-hard-news offerings on our digital platforms. Click the images for more.

Cosmic Wonders

The Northern Light have been magnificent this year, and our Chief Meteorologist has spent many a cold night capturing the beauty.

We love 2 things in WNY: Bills & Snow

(Well, maybe one of those things). Our meteorologists take the extra step to creatively put the forecast into perspective.

News 8 Facebook post on record Orchard Park snow event.

Songs from Studio B: Spotlight on local music

There is no shortage of musical talent in Rochester, home of the Eastman School of Music. News 8 gives local performers the opportunity to show off in Songs from Studio B.

State of the art sound from local musicians in our News 8 studio.

Eye-opening Buffalo Bills coverage (caught on tape)

During a weekly podcast, sports reporter Carl Jones eyes lit up when he spotted the breaking news of star pass-rusher Von Miller joining the Bills. His reaction was priceless and was not lost on the Bills new star when they met at training camp.

Sports Reporter Carl Jones jokes with Von Miller about Carl’s viral reaction post

High School Huddle: Some podcast love for local schools

Plenty of stations do Friday night football or basketball shows, but our sports team takes their local knowledge to the next level.

Digital exclusive HS sports talk for Rocheterfirst.com and podcast.

Postscript: Thoughtful perspectives on news and life

Being immersed in news and telling all sides of a story can give you a unique perspective on life. Lead anchor and Managing Editor Adam Chodak gets you thinking with his Postscript series.

Anchor and Managing Editor Adam Chodak offers thoughtful perspectives.

Twitter: Turning tragedy into triumph

Sometimes taken for granted is that broadcasters are real people, living real lives. We empower our staff to use our platforms to share their experiences and hopefully make a difference.

Chief Meteorologist Eric Snitil deals with the loss of his father.

Kucko’s Camera

Kucko’s Camera is the go-to franchise for the most amazing imagery in western NY and the Finger Lakes region.   From stunning weather phenomenon, to historic settings and unique events, 4pm Anchor and Digital guru, John Kucko proves that a picture (and some video) are worth a thousand words (and likes).