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
11:17 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Gay Alliance Leader Applauds State Effort to Track LGBT Demographics

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Governor Cuomo says New York State is the first state in the nation to launch a coordinated effort to collect demographic data for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people.

Eight state agencies either currently collect or will begin to collect LGBT demographic information in an effort to address health disparities that affect that community.

Scott Fearing, executive director of Rochester's Gay Alliance, says it's critical that the state is taking the lead on an initiative like this.              

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WXXI Top Stories
5:03 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Lessons From July '64 - A New Vision For Joseph Avenue

B'nai Israel Ahavas Achim synagogue on Joseph Avenue
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It was 50 years ago this week that Rochester was rocked by three-days of rioting that erupted in two predominantly African American neighborhoods.  A number of factors contributed to the violence, including a lack of job opportunities for African Americans, overcrowding and allegations of police brutality.

This week, WXXI News is airing a special series - “ Lessons from July ’64" -  not only to look back, but to also look forward at the issues still impacting that same community.

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Health
10:59 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Red Cross Issues Urgent Call For Blood Donors

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The Red Cross has issued an urgent call for blood and platelet donors in our area.

Spokesperson Cara Noble says donations are down about 8 percent over the last 11 weeks. "And that's resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations that expected. And you know, hospital patients, they don't take a summer vacation, so the blood supply can't take a summer vacation. We really want to get the word out there that we really need donors to come out so we can prevent an emergency situation in the coming weeks."

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WXXI Local Stories
11:15 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Wegmans Recalls Potentially Contaminated Fruit

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Wegmans has issued a voluntary recall of some fruit that may be contaminated with listeria.

The company is removing from its stores organic and non-organic peaches, nectarines and black plums distributed by a California-based packing company.

Routine testing showed that the fruit had potential listeria contamination, but no illnesses have been reported.  The fruit was sold under the brand name Sweet 2 Eat.

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Economy
10:51 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Local Tourism Officials Try to Capture Chinese Market

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According to a recent study, New York State is one of the top American destinations for Chinese travelers.

Tourism officials are hoping to capitalize on the growing Chinese market. Workshops are scheduled this week throughout upstate, including the Rochester area, to educate tourism and government agencies and the hospitality industry on how to promote the region to the $102 billion Chinese tourism market.

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Health
11:59 am
Fri July 18, 2014

DNA Technology Will Help Track Illness More Accurately, Quickly

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The next time there is an outbreak of food poisoning, the state health officials have a tool to track the source of the illness more quickly and accurately.

The New York State Department of Health says new genome sequencing equipment can be used to track the DNA of pathogens often associated with food borne illness, such as salmonella, listeria or e-coli.

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Health
10:52 am
Fri July 18, 2014

"Fed Up" Takes Aim at Food Industry

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The nation's obesity epidemic is the focus of a screening at The Little Theater tonight.

The producers of the film "Fed Up" argue that the food industry is a big culprit in the health crisis.  They say that 80 percent of the processed foods that Americans eat have added sugar.

The film draws a direct line between the strategies used by Big Tobacco to get people to smoke and the food industry's aggressive marketing of their products to children.

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WXXI Local Stories
11:20 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Photos Have Women Seeing Red

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There is a powerful connection between color and perception.

So say researchers at the University of Rochester. They already know that men view women wearing red as more sexually attractive and available.

It turns out women also have some pretty strong opinions about other females who are dressed in red.

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Education
11:16 am
Mon July 14, 2014

College Student's Report of Sexual Assault Ignites Discussion

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The head of a local rape crisis service says future victims of sexual assault may be afraid to come forward when they hear reports like the New York Times story highlighting the account of a Hobart and William Smith college student.

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Arts & Culture
6:04 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Dryden Honors Hoffman In Tribute Film Series

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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House is remembering Fairport native and Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in a two-part film series through October.

Hoffman died in February.  The series continues next week with Magnolia.  Hoffman's Oscar-winning performance in Capote will be screened in August.

In the audio link above Caroline Yeager, assistant curator in the Moving Image Department at the George Eastman House, talks about this tribute to Hoffman, considered by many the finest character actor of his generation.

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