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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An employee at a Rochester elementary school is threatening to sue the city school district over what she calls the mishandling of two separate incidents.

Gloria Johnson Hovey, a social worker at School # 8, said this past June, she was physically attacked in two separate incidents by a family members of students.

Hovey said one incident happened in the school cafeteria on June 3, when a grandmother working as a volunteer disagreed with Hovey when the social worker was trying to teach a kindergartner how to peel an orange.

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Wednesday's on-air murders of a Virginia television reporter and cameraman are generating some discussion about social media.

The man who fatally shot Alison Parker and Adam West took graphic video of the killings and posted it on Facebook, Twitter and You Tube.

RIT Social media expert Mike Johansson says even though the sites quickly removed the video, it was first seen by users who shared it with others and was captured so that the graphic footage may be available indefinitely for anyone who takes the time to look for it.

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The 19th amendment, guaranteeing American women the right to vote, was ratified 95 years ago this month.

The Susan B. Anthony Center at the University of Rochester is marking the occasion by starting a social medial campaign to familiarize people with the suffragist's thoughts on a  number of social issues, such as domestic violence, racism and mental health.

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Some parts of the country could be paying less than $2.00 for a gallon of gas by the end of the year.

That's the prediction of Jeff Pelton, a senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy.com

"We'll be looking at prices at the pump stalling 10 to 12 cents a month starting in September and continuing through the New Year. We're talking about coming into Christmas with a national price average of probably $2.09," he said.

In Rochester today, a gallon of gas averages $2.60, but GasBuddy.com is reporting prices as low as $2.30.

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The start of school is a couple of weeks away, but counselors in the Rochester School District are already trying to help students who are experiencing trauma because of the violence around them.

The drive-by shooting of 7 people on Genesee Street last week highlights concerns about the amount of violence kids are exposed to, but the issue is not new to counselors in city schools.

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Gun violence is a common occurrence in some Rochester neighborhoods, but a local psychiatrist says Wednesday's mass shooting was extreme even for challenged locations like inner cities.

Dr. Robert Weisman, associate professor of psychiatry at UR Medicine, says 60 to 80 percent of the victims of violence suffer from some level of post-traumatic stress. And that can include those who simply witnessed the event.  Weisman says younger people are more vulnerable than adults in this way.

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Monroe County legislator Carrie Andrews is proposing some revisions to the county's law to protect children from cyberbullying.

The original legislation, passed in 2012, is similar to a law in Albany County that the State Court of Appeals found in violation of the First Amendment right to free speech in a July 2014 ruling.

Andrews wants to strengthen Monroe County's law with a more narrow definition of cyberbullying.

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Tonight at 8 p.m. WXXI-TV presents the television premiere of the documentary Beginning With the End.

Local film maker David Marshall tells the story of students from the Harley School who are enrolled in teacher Bob Kane's Hospice Class.

Kane believes the experience is transformative the teens who are allowed to help care for and hold the hands of dying patients.  He believes the profound trust placed in these students helps them to trust themselves more. 

Kane wonders whether this could be beneficial to students in struggling urban school districts.

State Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle says he finds it startling that the president of SUNY Polytechnic Institute would try to dictate the terms surrounding the location of the Photonics Institute's administrative headquarters in Rochester.

SUNY Polytechnic issued a news release Monday evening indicating that the photonics operation's business operations will be centered at Legacy Tower, the former Bausch and Lomb building.

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Cosmetic products containing small plastic beads are now banned from being sold in Erie County.

The measure was signed into law this week, following a unanimous vote by that county's legislature in July.

Microbeads are found in products such as facial scrubs and lotions and even toothpaste. On an ingredient label they are listed as polyethylene, polypropylene, or acrylates co-polymer.

The tiny plastic particles are a problem because they are so small that they flow through the filters at wastewater treatment plants and into the Great Lakes and other waterways.

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