A journey of life-saving work

Once among the Lost Boys of Sudan, Salva Dut is a symbol of what one person – together with a caring and giving community – can achieve in the world. In an audio interview with the Beacon, he describes his arrival in Rochester two decades ago, the growth of Water for South Sudan, and what he hopes it can achieve in the years to come.

A plight years in the making

The Rochester Historical Society’s finances have been spiraling downward, imperiling its collections. The chief causes: misguided self-reliance and difficulty adapting to modern fundraising realities.

Is the Democrat and Chronicle facing an existential challenge?

Operating in a deeply troubled industry a much smaller Gannett was ripe for the hostile buyout offer from Digital First Media, owned by Alden Global Capital. If Alden has its way, the D&C will soon contain many fewer local stories of any sort written by local reporters.

Rochester’s imperiled heritage

The Rochester Historical Society, home of artifacts that tell the community’s stories, is in danger of losing these treasures.

Driven to make a difference

As a student in the Rochester city schools, Rachel Barnhart saw firsthand the “incredible waste of human potential” that resulted from poverty, crime and educational inequality. The journalist and political activist spoke with Beacon publisher Alex Zapesochny about journalism, politics and her motivation to hold government accountable. Listen to their conversation.

Who will write its next chapter?

Writers & Books, one of the nation’s oldest and most active community-based literary centers, is searching nationwide for a new executive director with the soul of a literary artist and the brain of an entrepreneur.