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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A Rochester-area native now living in London says she can't wait to hear the outcome of today's vote that will decide whether Britain will remain in the European Union.

"Friends are not friends right now because of arguments about should we should stay or should we go,” said 40-year old Stephanie Finney. “There's a high level of stress about it. People definitely feel really strongly about it because they feel that stake in it."

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 The owner of an LGBT-friendly bar in Rochester says she has been unable to hire security for her business and that has her concerned in the wake of Sunday's mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando, Florida.

Linda Boshnack, owner of 140 Alex Bar & Grill on Alexander Street, says her employees remain vigilant, but she has not been able to find a security company that will allow its employees to work for a bar.                 

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Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli says the FBI is not reporting any specific or credible threats targeting our community in the aftermath of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida.

But, Scott Fearing, executive director of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, says Sunday's tragedy is a reminder that the LGBT community is still at high risk for victimization.      

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Five 4-year olds from West Irondequoit will attend pre-school at Rochester's School # 50 this fall. 

West Irondeqouit school superintendent Jeff Crane says we have a moral imperative to come up with opportunities for all kids to have safe and positive learning environments that are diverse.

"Why would we think that the educational institutions should be so different than the society for which students will prepare themselves and confront?"

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Senator Chuck Schumer is promoting bipartisan legislation to close what he calls a "gaping hole" in the federal law.

Schumer says the loophole prevents summer camps and other organizations that work with children from accessing FBI sex offender background checks for prospective employees and volunteers.

At Bivona Child Advocacy Center in Rochester, prevention education and outreach specialist Stefanie Szwejbka says while important, background checks don't guarantee a child's safety.      

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A decade or so ago, it was thought that cancer patients should focus on rest to allow their body to heal from treatments.

There's been a big shift that thinking since then, and a new study from the University of Rochester’s Wilmot Cancer Institute confirms the idea that exercise can help patients with some of the symptoms of chemotherapy.

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Voters in Brockport are not unique in their rejection of a plan to dissolve their village government.

Tuesday's vote marked the second time in six years Brockport residents have said no to a proposal to consolidate with the Town of Sweden.

Kent Gardner, chief economist at the Center for Governmental Research in Rochester, says of the dozens of dissolution votes held in New York State in the past six or seven years, a relative few have been approved.

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San Diego's Little Italy district has inspired a local attorney to bring a similar concept to the town of Gates, on a smaller scale.

Silvano Orsi has registered a nonprofit corporation, the Little Italy Neighborhood Association, to seek an initial $500,000 in funding for the project from the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council. He says that could bring some much-needed redevelopment to the Lyell Avenue/Spencerport Road corridor.

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You might spot a non-motorized go kart traveling through various Rochester neighborhoods starting today and through the rest of the spring and summer.

It's a vehicle for a series of community-based art projects, but it's about much more than art.

A group of students from Alfred University called "Art Force Five" hope to tap into people's creativity to find solutions to social justice issues ranging from poverty to criminal justice and education.

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For the second time this year, area high school students are taking part in a Student Summit on Race. The first summit was held in the Irondequoit school district in January, when approximately 180 students from 13 local high schools met to explore race, racism and privilege in our community.

This time, students are meeting in Penfield on Friday, where senior Ranita Williams characterizes race relations at her school as "okay".

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