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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The Landmark Society of Western New York says the Rochester region is at the tipping point of a crisis because of a shortage of workers skilled in the traditional trades.

Carpenters, masons, painters, and professionals who work with stained glass and metal are in short supply as veteran practitioners approach retirement. These are the skills needed to rehabilitate historic buildings in the region.

"This could be an opportunity for jobs and job training for folks in the community," said Landmark Society preservation planner Caitlin Meives.


The nine-county Finger Lakes region is making gains in the battle against childhood and adult obesity, as well as the effort to get more children immunized.

Those are some of the findings from the latest measurements that follow the progress of a set of key health indicators.

The childhood obesity rate, based on the percentage of children who have a BMI of 30.0 or greater, was 16.1 percent from data collected in 2012-2014.  That’s down from 18 percent in 2010-2012.

Employees at the Monroe County Board of Elections are working 12 hour days to process thousands of voter registration forms that have come in over the last several days.

Friday was the deadline to register for those who want to vote in the November election.

As of late Monday morning, the number of voters registered in Monroe County has surpassed the previous record of 442,771 set in 2008.


Scientists and engineers from around the world will be gathering in Rochester this week for the annual meeting of the Optical Society of America.

One symposium is focusing on the special challenges faced by women in the STEM fields.

"We are bringing women into the field, but they are not growing through the field," said Jie Qiao, an RIT associate professor, who founded and chairs the group Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship (WiSTEE).

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The director of the Eastman School of Music's Institute of Popular Music says Bob Dylan deserves his Nobel Prize in literature.

John Covach says Dylan got a whole generation interested in poetry and literature through his lyrics.

"And he turned songwriters toward the idea that their lyrics should say something; they shouldn't just be about teen romance or cars or surfing; they should try to say something important; something mature that rises above the adolescent and teeny-bopper culture,” he said.

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A Parma man is in critical condition after he was allegedly shot by two other men who police say were target shooting without a backdrop.

Monroe County deputies say 42-year old Kevin Flannery was working on his property at 629 Moul Road in Parma at about 4:45 Tuesday afternoon when he was shot in the abdomen.

Deputies responded to the scene and could hear gunshots being fired in the distance. They say 34-year old Ryan G. Pellman and 35-year old Matthew E. Rodgers were shooting at paper targets about 800 yards south of Flannery's property without a protective backdrop.


Brandon Stanton lost his finance job in Chicago during the Great Recession.

He moved to New York City, where he started a photography project. Brandon would approach random people on the streets and take their picture. Somewhere along the way, he started collecting little quotes from his subjects as he talked to them about their lives.

Little did Brandon know that this was the beginning of the incredibly successful blog and books “Humans of New York”.  Today, the project has more than 22.5 million followers on Facebook and Instagram alone.

National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Matthew scraped Florida's Atlantic coast early Friday, toppling trees onto homes and knocking out power to more than a half-million people but sparing some of the most heavily populated stretches of shoreline the catastrophic blow many had feared. 


Irondequoit resident Maggie Schweinberger was shuttered inside the home of her sister in Deerfield Beach, Florida Thursday night.

"It got back up to a cat 4 when it was coming this way; that was 130 mph winds, so we were quite concerned, and we stocked up on food, and water, and batteries," she said.

Willow Domestic Violence Center

Reports of domestic violence ticked upward in Monroe County and Rochester in 2015.

The latest data from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services says countywide, there were 4, 804 reported incidents last year, up two percent from 2014.

The increase was 5 percent in the city of Rochester, but officials say the reported abuse came from every zip code in the county. 49 percent of the 2015 reports were from the suburbs; 51 percent came from the city of Rochester.


Rochester may not be the first place most people think of when they're dreaming about where they want to retire, but the latest issue of AARP The Magazine ranks Rochester as one of the top ten cities where you can live a good life on $40,000 a year.

“We looked at a figure that's a kind of middle retirement income figure,” said Mary Hickey, editor at AARP Media. “We know our members. We know a lot of them live on Social Security, pensions, and savings, so we calculated it from there."