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
11:37 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Organ Donation is Up in Monroe County; Officials Say an Easier Process Should Help Even More

Credit urmc.rochester.edu

Twenty-six percent of Monroe County residents have signed up as organ donors on the statewide registry. That's an 8 percent increase in just the last few years.

But officials say that number would be much higher if the registration process was easier.

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WXXI Local Stories
12:34 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

MCC President Applauds "Monroe 200" Initiative

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In her State of the County address last night, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks announced a new initiative to help keep young professionals in the region.

The "Monroe 200" plan will recruit 200 millennials to offer suggestions on jobs, government, and other factors that would encourage them to stay in the Rochester area.

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Health
12:28 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Local Researchers Get Grant to Study Flu

Credit scientificamerican.com

A $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will allow researchers at the University of Rochester to continue developing ways to make the flu vaccine more effective.

David Topham is co-director of the New York Influenza Center of Excellence. It's a collaborative network of universities, including the U of R. 

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WXXI Local Stories
5:51 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Rochester Firefighters Battle Two House Fires

Rochester firefighters were busy last night, battling two fires that were called in  at about the same time.

The first blaze started when a candle tipped over and started some sheets on fire in a second floor bedroom of a house at 32 Kingston Street.  Damage was limited to that room and everyone in the house got out safely. 

The second fire was at a home at 73 Eddy Street.  That fire was also started in a bedroom on the second floor. No injuries were reported. The fire department said the cause of that fire appears to be accidental.

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WXXI Local Stories
5:18 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Pedestrian Killed on Dewey

Rochester Police say a 17-year old girl was struck by a car and killed while crossing Dewey Avenue.

It happened last night around 9:30.  The young woman, whose name has not been released, died following surgery at Strong Memorial Hospital. 

A 23-year old city man has been charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Artist Says She's in Rochester at the Right Time

Lisa Barker

Some say timing is everything.

Rochester-based artist Sarah Rutherford arrived here about eight years ago, thinking she'd stay just a while, But Rutherford has since learned that Rochester is presenting her with opportunities she wasn't finding elsewhere.

Click on the audio link above to hear an interview with Sarah Rutherford.  Her artwork will be featured in the WXXI Auction, which opens on Saturday, April 12.  

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WXXI Local Stories
10:31 am
Tue April 8, 2014

RIT Launches Bike Share Program

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Students, faculty and staff who have a tough time negotiating RIT's sprawling campus have a new travel option.

The college's Student Government has just launched a bike share program.

Student Government president Paul Darragh says those who register can borrow the bikes for free, as long as they bring them back in 24 hours.  He says it's not only students who are interested.  "I've had a large number of faculty and staff emailing me to say 'Hey, when can we get these bikes on the academic side?' "

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WXXI Local Stories
5:14 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Two Rescued from River Gorge

Rochester police say two people were rescued last night after they fell about 10 feet into the gorge below Route 104 at the Veterans Memorial Bridge.

A woman in her 40s and a male teenager were apparently in the gorge for an hour before firefighters lifted them out to safety. 

There is still no confirmation on the extent of their injuries.

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WXXI Local Stories
12:10 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

National Speaker Urges "Cultural Shift" To Include Citizens With Disabilities

Al Condeluci
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A national speaker who has spent his career trying to create a "cultural shift" spoke at a seminar in Batavia today.

Al Condeluci is the CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of Pittsburgh. He says his cousin, Carrie, first inspired his wish to transform people's thinking about how to include citizens with disabilities so they are not just out in the community but part of the community.

You can hear our interview with Condeluci by clicking on the audio link above.

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Health
5:12 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Health Writer Says Chronic Pain is the Biggest U.S. Health Problem

Judy Foreman
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A nationally syndicated medical journalist will be speaking at the University of Rochester Medical Center Saturday about what she calls the the country's biggest health problem-chronic pain.

Judy Foreman, whose health column has appeared in the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times and Dallas Morning News, is the author of  A Nation in Pain.

Foreman cites a 2011 report from the Institute of Medicine, showing that 100 million American adults, more than 40 percent of the adult population in 2010, live with chronic pain.

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