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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Education
11:38 am
Thu January 29, 2015

School Board Vote Scheduled Tonight on East High Partnership with UR

Tonight, the Rochester school board will decide whether to move ahead with a proposal by the University of Rochester to manage the struggling East High School.

Board of Education president Van White says members will decide on a contract between the district and the U of R as well as a budget to fund the proposed changes for East High School.   

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Government
11:29 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Kolb Says Morelle is a "Viable Candidate" For Assembly Speaker

Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle and Minority Leader Brian Kolb

Majority Leader Joe Morelle will take temporary leadership of the State Assembly when Speaker Sheldon Silver relinquishes that title. 

A vote is scheduled on February 10 for the Assembly to elect a new Speaker, as Silver defends himself against federal corruption charges.

Republican Minority Leader Brian Kolb is sounding supportive of Morelle for the leadership role on a more permanent basis.

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Economy
11:13 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Optimism on the Rise Among Rochester Area CEOs

Credit Siena Research Institute

A survey of about 150 CEOs in the Rochester area shows there is more optimism in the executive suite now than there has been in eight years.

The annual Upstate New York Business Leader Survey from Siena College finds that 40 percent of Rochester CEOs are optimistic. That's the highest rate of all the Upstate regions and the biggest jump from last year.

SRI director Don Levy believes the diversification of the local economy is paying off, and a lifting of what he calls the “post-Kodak hangover”, is starting to become evident.

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Local News
12:06 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Wegmans: Consumers No Longer So Sweet on Sugar

Credit blogs.plos.org

Wegmans says consumers are buying fewer sugary products like soft drinks. 

"And for good reason," said Jane Andrews, the company's nutrition and labeling manager. " There are concerns about long term health. Even young children are becoming obese at rates that scare many of us."

The company is responding by working to reduce the added sugar content in its Wegmans brand products, such as Greek yogurt.

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Arts & Culture
7:37 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Rochester Area Designer Fashions Hats Worn By Downton Abbey's Leading Ladies

pbs.org

 When you tune into Downton Abbey on WXXI-TV Sunday night, take a good look at the costumes. Specifically, the hats.

There's a Rochester-area connection.

A Wayne County native says it was a dream come true when he was commissioned to design hats worn by the leading ladies at Downton.

Zebulon Hounslea grew up in Ontario, New York. He is a graduate of Wayne Central High School and the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Click on the audio link above to hear him talk about how he landed this assignment for the iconic PBS show.

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Education
10:49 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Union Rep Says Teachers Won't Support Cuomo Evaluation Plan

A local representative of the New York State Teachers union doesn't believe the rank and file will support Governor Cuomo's proposal to revamp the way teachers are evaluated.

Cuomo wants the evaluations based half on standardized tests and half on classroom observations.

Tom Gillett is regional staff director for NYSUT, the state’s largest teachers union. He believes too much is already riding on test outcomes.

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Health
11:39 am
Wed January 21, 2015

New York State Smoking Rates Remain Flat

Credit uhaweb.hartford.edu

According to a report from the American Lung Association, there were 25,432 deaths attributed to smoking in New York State in 2014, 7,602 of them from lung cancer.

ALA spokesman Mike Seilback says smoking rates have dropped dramatically compared to what they were 20 or 30 years ago.

"However, over the past two or three years, we're not seeing that downward trend anymore. It's kind of stalled. We know the main reason for that is we're not investing enough in ways to help prevent kids from starting to smoke, and to help New York smokers quit."

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Education
10:40 am
Wed January 21, 2015

MCC President Applauds Obama's Community College Program

Credit Charles Dharapak-Pool/Getty

The president of Monroe Community College is applauding President Obama's proposal to provide free access to community college for many Americans.

In his State of the Union address last night, Obama reiterated his plan to cover the tuition of students who  attend school at least half-time and maintain a 2.5 grade point average.  To qualify for the program, community colleges would also have to ensure that their credits are fully-transferable to a four year institution or are part of occupational training programs in high-demand fields.

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Health
12:10 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

"Community Store" Opens on Jay Street, Offering Healthier Fare

Credit www.nyrp.org

Foodlink has teamed up with a business owner on Rochester's Northwest side to turn an existing corner store into what they're calling a "community store."

Mitch Gruber, Foodlink’s community food access manager, said Stop One Meat Market on Jay Street was redesigned to be more attractive to shoppers.

"One of the things we did, for example, is we took away the traditional fortress-like counter at the corner store. We took away the bars and the fences on the windows and actually turned it into a place with a lot of natural light that is an inviting place for people to be."

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Government
10:21 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Proposal to Ban Cat Declawing in New York State

Credit Beth Adams WXXI

It's banned in eight California cities, in Europe and other parts of the world. And now a state assemblywoman wants New York to become the first state to make it illegal to declaw a cat.

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