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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Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued executive orders to stop therapists from providing so-called "gay conversion therapy" for New York minors. 

Gay rights groups are applauding the move, but others say barring the treatment limits options and undermines individuals’ religious liberty. 

Conversion therapy claims to reverse some people's same-sex attraction, but Scott Fearing, executive director of the Gay Alliance in Rochester, says mental health professionals have long known that one cannot change their sexual orientation.

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Local supporters of Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders say they are anything but discouraged that Sanders was narrowly defeated in the Iowa Caucuses Tuesday night by Hillary Clinton.

"We were hoping to just come within five points. To be a dead tie, or practically a tie, is a huge accomplishment,” said Sanders delegate Kevin Sweeney.

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Pregnant women and new mothers need to be more routinely screened for depression, according to recommendations made last week by a government panel.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said, in fact, all adults over 18 should be screened for depression, but it made a special point of singling out women who and pregnant and those with newborns.

For Rochester area Xerox employees, anxiety and uncertainty about the future are accompanying Friday morning's announcement that the company will divide into two independent publicly traded companies. 

As part of the move, CEO Ursula Burns also announced a three-year plan to save $2.4 billion across all segments.

RIT assistant professor of accounting, Dan Tessoni, says the clearest path to that goal is a reduced labor force.

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When Mayor Lovely Warren testified at a joint legislative budget hearing in Albany Tuesday, her mind was on securing more state aid for Rochester.

But Assemblyman David Gantt wanted assurances that the city's water supply is safe. Gantt said he is concerned after hearing recent reports about lead contamination in the tap water of Flint, Michigan.  Gantt asked Warren if there are still lead pipes distributing water throughout the city.

Proponents of mixed martial arts are making their annual push to have the sport legalized in New York.

Surrounded by state lawmakers Tuesday, former mixed martial arts champion and Long Island native Chris Weidman said he wants his title back and wants to fight in New York, where the sport is currently banned for professionals. 

Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle says his chamber getting ``very close'' to having enough votes to pass legislation to regulate the sport.                   

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It's only happened once before that we know of, and it may happen again in a few years.

State officials may temporarily stop the flow of water over the American side of Niagara Falls so they can replace two 115-year old bridges linking the mainland to islands near the brink of the falls.

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The town of Penfield wants to stop any possible large scale residential development of the land now occupied by Shadow Pines and Shadow Lakes golf courses.

The properties were listed for sale last week, and town supervisor Tony LaFountain said at least one developer has been asking about possible residential development of the 200-acre Shadow Pines property.

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Bells tolled at 2:30 p.m. followed by a moment of silence Wednesday on the campus of SUNY Geneseo, where students, staff and faculty continue to mourn the tragic deaths of two students and a former student.

Kelsey Annese and Matthew Hutchinson, police say, were fatally stabbed early Sunday in Kelsey's home near campus. Colin Kingston, who investigators say was distraught over his breakup with Annese, then took his own life.

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The Canadian flag is flying at the Geneseo Fire department today in honor of Matthew Hutchinson.

The 24-year-old Vancouver native was one of three people found dead in a home on Wadsworth Street in the Village of Geneseo early Sunday morning.

Hutchinson found time to work as a volunteer firefighter since November, 2012, despite his full time studies and spot on the school's hockey team.  Geneseo fire chief Andrew Chanler considered him a role model in the department.

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