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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Current law in New York State gives victims of sexual abuse until the age of 23 to pursue either criminal charges or a civil lawsuit against their alleged abuser.

Child advocates are pushing to change that during the current legislative session in Albany.

Mary Whittier, executive director of Bivona Child Advocacy Center in Rochester, says child sexual abuse is cloaked in secrecy and shame, and many victims don't come to terms with what happened until they are well into their adult years.               

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Today is National "Get Fit Don't Sit Day".

The American Diabetes Association initiative encourages everyone to get out of their chair at least every 90 minutes throughout the work day. 

Beth Smythe, from the association's Rochester office, says the average person spends five hours and 41 minutes of their day sitting at work and research has shown that sitting for prolonged periods of time has been linked to obesity, and increased blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol levels.

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Today is National "Get Fit Don't Sit Day".

The American Diabetes Association initiative encourages everyone to get out of their chair at least every 90 minutes throughout the work day. 

Beth Smythe, from the association's Rochester office, says the average person spends five hours and 41 minutes of their day sitting at work and research has shown that sitting for prolonged periods of time has been linked to obesity, and increased blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol levels.

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When police in New York State respond to a domestic violence incident, they will soon use a new form to report that crime.

The redesigned form included input from officers, prosecutors and victim advocates.

Jaime Saunders, CEO of Willow Domestic Violence Center in Rochester, says the consistent reporting of domestic violence incidents across jurisdictions is crucial for victim safety.

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 Caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia takes a big physical and emotional toll, and, according to a recent study, it also carries a significant financial burden. 

In its 2016 Facts and Figures report, the Alzheimer's Association found that nearly half of caretakers have had to cut back on their own expenses for food, transportation and medical care to be able to afford dementia-related care for their loved one.

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A Rochester radiologist is part of a team of doctors encouraging people to switch to a vegan diet.

Dr. Ted Barnett says a plant-based diet is a prescription for combating chronic health problems such as obesity and diabetes.

RIT is one of six universities around the country to host a national Climate Leadership Summit for students on Saturday. About 100 students from area colleges and universities are expected to attend.

Sarah Quirk, president of RIT's Student Environmental Action League (SEAL), says her goal for the event is to create a network of students who are willing to work together to create a healthier environment.

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Hundreds of law enforcement, mental health, medical, and child abuse prevention professionals are attending a two-day conference on child abuse in Rochester this week.

The keynote speaker Thursday heard today from filmmaker, writer and actress Angela Shelton about her own survival of child sexual abuse.

Shelton traveled the country several years ago, trying to meet every woman who shared her name.  She thought it would make a funny film.

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On any given night in Rochester, as many as 100 families with children are homeless.

Kim Hunt-Uzelac of the Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN) says 50 percent of those families do include a working adult.

"They're just at the line where they make too much to get services from the government - rental subsidies - but they don't make enough to sustain housing," she said.

Senator Michael Nozzolio is recovering from successful open heart surgery.

The Seneca Falls Republican had surgery at the Celeveland Clinic last week to repair and replace his faulty heart valves.

In a statement from his office, Nozzolio and his wife, Rosemary, thanked friends and constituents for their prayers and words of encouragement in recent weeks.

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