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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Health
12:03 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Possible Enterovirus in Rochester Area

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As an illness known as Enterovirus D68 makes its way across the country, there are some children being treated locally who have symptoms consistent with the virus.

Dr. Elizabeth Murray, a pediatrician with UR Medicine, says the virus starts out like a common cold before more severe symptoms show up.

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WXXI Local Stories
11:15 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Snow in September? A Local Meterologist Can't Rule it Out

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You may still be sporting a summer tan, but don't be shocked if you see a few snow flurries next week.

That's at least a possibility, according to Scott Rochette, associate professor of meteorology at the College at Brockport.

"One of the parameters we look at is indicating that it could be cold enough to support some localized snow flurries; probably more in the way of some lake effect-type of precipitation where the water is fairly warm but the air is colder above it," Rochette said.

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WXXI Local Stories
12:00 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Gilda's Club Unveils Newly Renovated Space

Kitchen at Gilda's Club of Rochester
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Mayor Lovely Warren will be on hand tonight as a local non-profit that supports cancer patients unveils some recent renovations.

Gilda's Club of Rochester has made $250,000 in upgrades to its Alexander Street building.

"We completely gutted certain areas of the building; the kitchen and our community rooms. The rest rooms we rebuilt from scratch,” said Executive Director Bob Russell. “We were able to move some walls around for some of our program rooms so we could readjust the size of those."

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Arts & Culture
10:14 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Greentopia Comes to High Falls

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The High Falls district is the setting this weekend for the annual Greentopia Fall Festival.

It starts Friday night with a fashion show and photography exhibit. Then, on Saturday, huge projectors will be used to display images on the gorge walls.  Greentopia co-founder Michael Philipson says that includes your photos.

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Health
5:28 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Henrietta Man Walks From Buffalo to Rochester to Raise Awareness for Alzheimer's

Bob and Debbie Johnson on a trip to Hawaii
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A Henrietta man is walking from Buffalo to Rochester starting on Friday. Retired school bus driver Bob Johnson is making the 85-mile trek to honor his wife, Debbie, and raise money and awareness for Alzheimer's disease.

Debbie Johnson was diagnosed with Alzheimer's four years ago when she was just 50-years old.

Click on the audio link above to hear Bob Johnson talk about the diagnosis, how the family’s lives have changed, and why he’s embarking on this journey.

You can donate to Bob Johnson's walk here

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WXXI Local Stories
11:39 am
Wed September 10, 2014

East Rochester Residents Plan Tributes for Fallen Officer

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Residents of East Rochester, where Daryl Pierson lived with his family, are paying tribute to the slain Rochester Police officer tonight.

Many residents are replacing their porch lights with a blue light bulb in remembrance of their neighbor who was shot and killed in the line of duty a week ago. "Tonight at dusk, they're trying to line the streets of the village with luminaries, you know, little white bags with tea candles,” said Mark Barbero, owner of Debbie’s Supply. “We have donated a limitless supply to all in the village who are in need."

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WXXI Local Stories
6:52 am
Wed September 10, 2014

What a Pegula Ownership Means for Bills Fans, Long-term Future of Franchise

Terry and Kim Pegula
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Buffalo Bills fans across Western New York breathed a collective sigh of relief Tuesday when it was announced that Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula have reached an agreement with the estate of late Bills owner Ralph Wilson to purchase the franchise.

The Pegula's winning bid - a reported $1.4 billion - would bet the highest ever paid for an NFL team.

But it isn't just the dollar amount that allowed the Pegulas to beat out bids by real estate mogul Donald Trump and a group fronted by rock star Jon Bon Jovi.

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Economy
10:41 am
Tue September 9, 2014

AARP tracks "Boomer Flight"; Says Many Retirees Will Leave NYS

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Many Baby Boomers plan to leave New York State as they retire, and take a slice of the state's economy with them.

That's according to AARP, which surveyed over 400 registered voters over 50.

Sixty percent said they're likely to go elsewhere in retirement. AARP associate state director Bill Armbruster says they would take an estimated $105 billion or more of annual spending away from New York.

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Education
6:57 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Literacy is a Path to Success for Young Rochester Mother

Christiana Mays
Credit Beth Adams WXXI

September 8 is International Literacy Day. Events are planned worldwide to call attention to the idea that solid reading skills can help combat poverty, crime and a host of other socioeconomic issues. 

For the past 50 years, Literacy Volunteers of Rochester has been helping adults improve their reading, English, conversation and math skills.

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WXXI Local Stories
8:49 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

The Glazer's Big Impact On Rochester

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Larry Glazer left an enormous impact on downtown Rochester through his numerous development projects.

Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, President of the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation, said we can see the lasting impact of Larry Glazer's life's work throughout the city from the revival of Midtown to the redevelopment of the former Genesee Hospital and countless other projects.

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