Beth Adams

Morning Edition Host

Beth Adams joined WXXI as host of Morning Edition in 2012 after a more than two decade radio career. She was the longtime host of the WHAM Morning News in Rochester, where she was recognized for her work by the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the New York State Humane Society. Her career also took her from radio stations in Elmira, New York to Miami, Florida.

Beth is active in the Rochester community, having volunteered for organizations including the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm, the Heart of Gold Children's Foundation, the Rochester Press Radio Club Children’s Charities, and the Rochester Broadway Theater League Education Committee.  She is an avid reader of historical fiction and a devoted animal lover. Beth is married to award-winning writer and author Scott Pitoniak. 

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About a year and a half after launching its body-worn camera program, the Rochester Police Department is getting new cameras.

The existing cameras are being replaced by the vendor at no cost to taxpayers and will be covered under the original warranty.

Officers were having problems connecting the original devices to docking stations where they upload videos.  There were also some issues with battery performance and problems keeping the camera attached to  officers’ uniforms. The original cameras have a standard pin clip.

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Researchers at Highland Hospital are getting ready to launch a first-of-its kind study that will examine the effects of a plant-based diet in patients with advanced breast cancer.

"To my knowledge, we have never had a nutrition intervention comprised of a whole dietary shift in advanced cancer patients, in any type of cancer," said Thomas M. Campbell II, M.D., medical director of the hospital’s Weight Management and Lifestyle Center.

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Technology that uncovers the physical signs of domestic violence is the subject of a two year study at the University of Rochester.

ALS, short for alternative light source, detects bruising that isn't immediately visible to the naked eye.

"As soon as someone is injured, blood begins to pool below the top layer of the skin,” said John Cullen, assistant director of UR’s Susan B. Anthony Center. “This technology allows us to see that bruising immediately as it happens. Otherwise, you'd have to wait a couple of days before you could see it with the naked eye."


One of the people who was deeply involved in hashing out the new lease agreement between the Rochester Red Wings and Monroe County says a number of items delayed the final deal, which was announced on Monday.

Gary Larder, chairman of the board of Rochester Community Baseball, says the two sides agreed on the larger framework of the lease, but had to work through many details.

A new poll finds Governor Andrew Cuomo's favorability and re-election ratings falling just a month after a survey of registered New York state voters gave the Democrat some of the highest ratings during his two terms. 

The Siena College poll finds 53 percent of voters view Cuomo favorably, while 40 percent said they don't. That compares to 62-30 percent in last month's Siena poll. 

Pollster Steve Greenberg said 50 percent of those who took part in the survey said they'd re-elect Cuomo, compared to 55 percent last month.

Two Rochester area organizations are hosting a day of hope and healing for those affected by the opioid addiction crisis.

The Saturday event will feature speakers on issues ranging from grief to the legal system. There will also be a restorative yoga class, massages, and information and recovery and self-care resources.

Brianna McInerny, one of the organizers, hopes those who attend, whether they are battling addiction or love someone who is, feel supported by their community.


A local police chief says law enforcement agencies across Monroe County now have unified policies and procedures in the battle against the heroin crisis and they're waiting for similar coordination among hospitals and treatment centers.

Officers in Gates are distributing information about local recovery resources to people they arrest and those who are fighting addiction.

AutismUp and the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester are combining forces to provide support for families of individuals with autism or other developmental and intellectual disabilities.

The two organizations are launching a service to connect families with the support and services they will need following a diagnosis.


Monroe County and a state lawmaker are at odds over past funding granted for improvements at Frontier Field.

Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle recently expressed concerns that Monroe County and the Rochester Red Wings have not yet reached a lease agreement for Frontier Field with the Wings' home opener now two months away.

The Democrat said a failure to secure a long term lease would put millions of dollars in state money for upgrades to Frontier Field at risk.


This week, a Rochester woman will become the first ordained female bishop of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC).

The ECC is a branch of Catholicism which broke off from the Roman Catholic Church in the late 19th century over the issue of the pope’s infallibility. 

Rev. Denise Donato, founding pastor at the ECC's Mary Magdalene parish in East Rochester, felt the calling to the priesthood when she was a young girl, but she was raised in the Catholic Church, which does not allow women to become priests.