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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WXXI Local Stories
7:13 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Amish Family Draws From Community, Faith to Overcome Trauma Following Girls' Abduction

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A northern New York Amish community is relying on its faith to get through the crisis that struck last week when two young sisters were abducted from their family's roadside stand.

The 12 and 7-year old escaped their captors and returned home about 24 hours later.

Stephen Howells Jr. and Nicole Vaisey were charged with kidnapping with the intent to physically or sexually abuse the girls.

We were wondering how this incident has impacted the tightly knit Amish community in St. Lawrence County.

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WXXI Local Stories
12:35 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Study Sheds Light on Local Hunger

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A new survey shines the light on hunger in our community and tells us more about people who rely on emergency assistance to put food on their table.

The Hunger in America 2014 report included input from almost 600 clients of Foodlink, the agency serving 10 counties throughout the Rochester region. 

Co-executive director Jeanette Batiste says half of households reported having to choose between paying for food or paying for medicine at least once in the previous 12 months. 

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Health
6:16 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Concussion Clinic, Screening, Offered for Student Athletes

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In just a few weeks, another school year begins and with, it fall sports. A program called "Choose your Brain, Not the Game" is scheduled for Tuesday, August 19, to educate student athletes, and their coaches and parents about concussion. 

The Wegmans School of Nursing at St. John Fisher College is offering free baseline testing Tuesday to 200 area middle and high school athletes.

Click on the audio link above to hear an interview with the organizer of the event, Dr. Pam Mapstone, Assistant Professor in the Wegmans School of Nursing.

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Health
12:53 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Connection Between Parkinson's, Depression is Well Known, According to URMC Neurologist

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Comedian Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease when he took his own life earlier this week, according to his widow. 

A local neurologist says it has long been known that Parkinson's is linked with depression. Dr. Irene Richard of UR Medicine is a scientific advisor to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Foundation.

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WXXI Local Stories
11:58 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Abduction of Two Sisters Presents Opportunity to Educate Amish Community

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The head of the local office of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says the two Amish sisters who escaped their abductors in northern New York were following their instincts.

Ed Suk says that's one of the first things educators at his organization try to teach children to do.

Twelve-year old Fannie and 7-year old Delila Miller fled from the house where they say two men left them after snatching them from their family's roadside stand Wednesday night.  They were seen by a neighbor who called police and the girls were returned, unharmed, to their family.

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WXXI Local Stories
11:26 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Holley Mayor, Residents Want Cleanup to Proceed at Former Diaz Plant

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The village of Holley has reached out to state and federal lawmakers for more funding to complete the cleanup of the former Diaz Chemical site.

Following a chemical spill in 2002, the Diaz facility was designated a federal Superfund site.  But that program has not had enough funds to finish the project.

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Health
10:37 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Former Judge Shares His Experience With Depression

Michael Miller

 The suicide of comedian Robin Williams has sparked discussion about major depression, one of the most common mental disorders affecting Americans.

A former Monroe County Family Court judge went public with his story after successfully battling depression for two years.

Michael Miller, also former chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Committee, finally found the right combination of medications that worked for him. He wants to encourage others who are struggling with the illness, and end the stigma so often associated with mental disorders.

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WXXI Local Stories
11:02 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Rochester Comedian Recalls Working Improv with Robin Williams

Carol Roberts
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As the world absorbs the news that iconic comedian Robin Williams has died, a Rochester woman is recalling meeting him in the 1980s.

At the time, Carol Roberts was doing improv and stand-up comedy in San Francisco.  She said Williams would regularly stop by for open mic night at one of the clubs where she worked, after he had already found fame as the frenetic and lovable character Mork from the TV show Mork and Mindy.  Roberts says Williams did it just for the love of comedy.

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Health
10:48 am
Fri August 8, 2014

UR Researchers Study e-Cigarettes

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Researchers at the University of Rochester are hoping to shed light on how e-cigarettes may affect the health of smokers and those around them.

A five-year, federally funded is now underway. And the findings will help guide the FDA's future regulations on non-traditional tobacco-related products.

Lead researcher Tom Mariani says one area of research will look at the how e-cigarettes may impact infants and children.

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Health
12:36 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Wilmot Partners With Teen Cancer Foundation

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The Wilmot Cancer Institute is joining forces with a local non-profit to help teens and young adults who are facing a cancer diagnosis.

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