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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More than 200,000 people are expected to come to Rochester's Park Avenue Festival this weekend. 

The two-day event will feature work from more than 300 artists from across the U.S. and Canada.

Jimmy Catalano of the Park Avenue Revitalization Committee says Rochester police will be on hand to keep the event family-friendly.

"As far as police presence is concerned, it's not heightened compared to other years. It's our usual police presence, but they will have a focus on the parties, to keep the neighbors happy," he said.

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A lower percentage of Rochester homeowners have mortgages that are "underwater" than any of the other real estate markets ranked in a recent report.

The social media company WalletHub analyzed data from 25 real estate markets.  The report ranks Rochester eighth overall on a list of the top ten healthiest housing markets.

The report said 6.3 percent of Rochester-area mortgages are "underwater", or higher than the home's value. That's compared to 38 percent in Las Vegas.

A new report out by the Empire Justice Center in Rochester says that there are continued disparities in the way home mortgages are granted in parts of the Rochester area.

The non-profit legal advocacy organization says that home mortgage lending  recovered in 2013 from a low point in 2011.  But the report also shows that African American middle and upper income borrowers were denied loans at least twice as often as white people in the same brackets.

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Our social lives in early adulthood can impact our emotional well-being decades later.

That's the finding of 30-year study from the University of Rochester.

In the 1970s and 1980s, a group of 20-year-olds were asked to report on their social interactions as they were happening.  Then, when they were 50 years old, the study participants filled out an online survey about their emotional well-being.

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A new study suggests that the increase in the number of children being diagnosed with autism is due, in least in part, to the way that diagnosis is defined. 

The number of U.S. children enrolled in special education programs due to an autism diagnosis more than tripled between 2000 and 2010. 

A new study from Penn State University says that may be because educators traded one diagnosis for another. 

Dr. Susan Hyman, an autism expert at UR Medicine, says this is not a matter of semantics. The right diagnosis means a child will get the best treatment and services. 

The Rochester Rotary is dedicating a special new facility at its Sunshine Campus in Rush tonight for children who have disabilities and autism.

The Gizzi Family Sensory Center will provide an escape for kids who may find the sights and sounds of camp over-stimulating.

Tracy Dreisbach, the Rotary's executive director, says the 2,700 square foot center has soothing music and lighting and various features and activities such as climbers and ball crawls that are calming to the senses.      

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The public is invited to a town hall-style meeting at the Susan B. Anthony House and Museum tonight.

The organization's president and CEO, Deborah Hughes, says they want to hear people's thoughts about which woman should appear on the $10 bill when it's redesigned in 2020.

And this meeting is not about drumming up support for Rochester's celebrated suffragette.

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There is growing evidence that what happens early in a person's life can impact their future risk of developing dementia.

Alzheimer’s experts from around the world are gathered in Washington, D.C. this week for the annual conference of the Alzheimer’s Association.

On Monday, they saw the results of  the first large scale study of its kind that shows that people who had type 1, or juvenile diabetes were 93 percent more likely to get dementia later in life.

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Researchers at the University of Rochester’s Eastman Institute of Oral Health are starting a first of its kind study exploring how stress, parenting behaviors and family function may lead to early childhood tooth decay.

Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease and it disproportionately affects children living in poverty. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Early Childhood Caries (cavities) affects 28 percent of American preschool-aged children.

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Monroe County's district attorney is adding her voice to the criticism of Governor Cuomo's newly appointed special prosecutor to investigate the deaths of unarmed civilians at the hands of police.

Sandra Doorley says she understands why the public has questions and concerns when a grand jury fails to indict a police officer who fatally shoots an unarmed civilian.

That's why Doorley believes there needs to be more transparency in the grand jury process.  She says the appointment of a special prosecutor to handle such cases is unwarranted.

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