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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WXXI Local Stories
11:14 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Vigil Calls Attention to Afterschool Programs

Credit racf.org

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Rochester are hosting a candlelight vigil tonight. It's part of a nationwide event calling attention to the benefit of afterschool programs.

Boys and Girls Clubs executive director Dwayne Mahoney says the programs offered by his organization and others in Monroe County can make a real difference in a child's life.                       

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Health
10:43 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Health Advocates Discourage "Fat Talk" This Week

Credit cnn.com

October 21-24 has been designated “Fat Talk Free Week”, a campaign raising awareness about the damaging affect negative self-talk can have on people’s personal body image.  Organizers are encouraging a focus on healthy diet and lifestyle choices and bringing attention to the impact the “thin ideal” has for our society. 

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Government
11:24 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Warren Demands Explanation for Removal of RHA Director

Credit rochesterhousing.org

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is demanding that the chairman of the Rochester Housing Authority Board of Commissioners give an explanation as to why RHA's executive director was fired last week.

In a letter to George Moses, Warren said she is still awaiting details about the dismissal, which she says Moses described as "a personnel matter."

Warren said if she does not get an immediate explanation, she will have no choice but to become more involved.

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Education
1:51 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

New York Allows Alternatives To Fulfill Regents Requirement

The New York State Board of Regents has approved a proposal that will allow high school students to skip one of the Regents social studies exams in exchange for a career, arts or science assessment.

It's a change that supporters say would provide students with the necessary skills to find meaningful work and possibly result in higher graduation rates.

Dr. Anne Kress, president of Monroe Community College, sees this change as a wonderful opportunity for students. She also believes that in order to make a difference, it should involve more than test-swapping.

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Education
11:28 am
Fri October 17, 2014

"Human Library" Offers Different Perspectives

Yahoda "Hoody" Miller
Credit gandhiinstitute.org

The University of Rochester is offering a "Human Library" this afternoon as part of its Meliora Weekend, the annual parent and alumni reunion celebration.

A Human Library is a collection of people who "readers" can "check out" like books, and hear their story.

Yahoda "Hoody" Miller is one of the Human Books.  He grew up in the city of Rochester and became an orphan at the age of 11 when his mother died of cancer. Hoody said he never knew his father.

"The only thing I knew about him was that he got my mom pregnant on her birthday...with me." 

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Arts & Culture
5:56 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Film Explores Love Lives of Rochester Seniors

Credit states.aarp.org

Brighton native and Documentary film maker Steven Loring based his latest film in Rochester. 

It's called The Age of Love.  It premieres locally Saturday at The Little Theater.

The film delves deeply into the emotional lives of 70 to 90 year olds at a speed dating event, as their still-hopeful hearts look for love.

Loring said he found the inspiration for the project on a trip home back to the Rochester area. Click on the audio link above to hear the interview.

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WXXI Local Stories
11:24 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Asian-Indian Community Raises Funds For Children of Officer Pierson

Credit youcaring.com, Theresa Garritano

Amy Pierson, the widow of slain Rochester Police Officer Daryl Pierson, will receive a $25,000 check tonight.

The money was collected from 85 to 90 Rochester area Asian-Indian families to support the education of Pierson's two young children, Charity and Christian.

Dr. Tarun Kothari, a gastroenterologist at Rochester General and Unity Hospitals, said local Asian-Indians appreciate the value of an education and want Officer Pierson’s children to have that advantage in life.

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WXXI Local Stories
12:10 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Clergy to Urge City Council to Buy Police Body Cameras

Credit studentsforliberty.org

The conversation about whether Rochester Police officers should wear body cameras continues tonight.

A group of clergy will be speaking out in favor of the idea before tonight's City Council meeting. 

The Reverend Lewis Stewart of United Christian Leadership Ministry believes the cameras would create transparency in the interactions the police have with the public.  Stewart says it should not be left up to an individual officer when the cameras are turned on.

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Health
4:00 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Researchers: Smoking Causes Even More Illness Than Previously Thought

Credit uhaweb.hartford.edu

A new report on the harmful effects of smoking says an estimated 480,000 deaths are caused by tobacco use in the United States each year.

The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, said there were 14 million Americans who suffered from at least one serious smoking-induced illness in 2009.

This is despite the fact that smoking rates among adults and teens are dropping.

Scott McIntosh, associate director of the Smoking Research Program at the University of Rochester, says that is not a contradiction.

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Health
11:06 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Local Researcher Will Study How Stress Impacts Alzheimer's Patients

Vankee Lin, PhD RN
Credit urmc.rochester.edu

A researcher at the University of Rochester School of Nursing has been awarded a grant to study how stress impacts the mental abilities of people with Alzheimer's disease.

Nurse researcher Vankee Lin, PhD,  will receive the $100,000 reward from the Alzheimer's Association of Rochester and the Finger Lakes region at a ceremony in Corn Hill on Saturday before the start of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Lin says high levels of stress may contribute to the damage of death of brain cells, and people with Alzheimer's do experience stress on a daily basis.

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