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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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The team leading the effort to move the needle on poverty in Rochester is analyzing the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Updated figures based on a survey from the five year period between 2011 and 2015 show an increase in extreme poverty in the city of Rochester, at 17 percent. Overall poverty was down slightly from 33.8 to 33.5 percent. Childhood poverty decreased slightly from 52.5 percent to 51.6 percent. But Leonard Brock, director of the Rochester Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative ...

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As Americans pay tribute to the service members who lost their lives in the Pearl Harbor attack 75 years ago today, a local navy veteran still has vivid memories of the attack that plunged the U.S. into World War II. Stan Hwalek of Greece was a navy coxswain aboard the U.S.S. Nevada. On December 7, 1941, the battleship was based in Pearl Harbor. Hwalek noticed smoke on the horizon that morning, and assumed it was from a military exercise. Then, he saw a Japanese bomber fly overhead. "They hit...

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As public housing authorities get ready to comply with a new federal ban on indoor smoking, the Rochester Housing Authority (RHA) has had a three-year head start. The RHA implemented a ban on smoking at all of its approximately 2,400 housing units and administrative buildings in October 2013. Executive director John Hill said the indoor smoking ban was just a suggestion from the federal government at the time, and RHA decided to put it into action. "It saves on cleaning fees; it saves on unit...

Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed is defending president-elect Donald Trump's recent picks of people with deep ties to Washington and Wall Street for his Cabinet. Trump promised to "drain the swamp" in the nation's capital, but two of his early cabinet picks are wealthy financial industry insiders with ties to the kinds of institutions he railed against as a candidate. On Wednesday, Trump announced that he plans to nominate former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin as his Treasury...

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The election is over, but the emotionally charged political climate has left a lasting mark on some people's personal relationships. "A lot of things have gotten stirred up, and people have strong feelings about things that are close to them," said Pam Finger, LCSW. She and four other local therapists who help clients deal with conflict every day want to apply those skills to help people heal their relationships after a bitter and divisive election. "We have seen people who are unable to...

Less than a week after swastika graffiti was discovered at a dorm at SUNY Geneseo, the co-founder of a nonprofit organization aimed at combating campus anti-Semitism is speaking in Rochester. Tammi Rossman-Benjamin is the director of the AMCHA Initiative. Her organization released a study showing a surge in anti-Semitic incidents at more than 100 college campuses with the largest Jewish student enrollment in the first half of this year. Rossman-Benjamin encourages students who feel targeted...

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Before Thanksgiving, and hopefully before the snow flies, a new temporary homeless shelter is expected to open in Rochester. The shelter will be located at 59 Ontario Street at Redeeming Word Church. It will remain open until mid-January when the House of Mercy is scheduled to open its new shelter. The BRIDGE Home will be based on a barrier-free, housing-first model embraced by a coalition of volunteers, churches and civic groups known as REACH (Rochester Emergency Action Committee for the...

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Voters in the 56th State Senate District are sending Sen. Joseph Robach back to Albany for another term. The incumbent Republican defeated Democratic challenger Ann Lewis in Tuesday's election, 64 percent to 36 percent. The 56th District covers the towns of Brighton, Clarkson, Gates, Greece, Hamlin, Parma and parts of the city of Rochester. Before his first term in the Senate in 2003, Robach served in the state Assembly for 11 years, filling the seat vacated by the death of his father, Roger...

Members of the Rochester chapter of the National Organization for Women will be watching election returns together tonight, and they are confident they will be witnessing history. "And we are not only going to celebrate the first woman being elected President of the United States, we're going to the legacy of Susan B. Anthony, our most famous resident, who really made it happen," said Barbara Moore, treasurer of the Rochester NOW chapter. Moore believes if Clinton wins the White House, she...

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has extended the hours of operation at Mount Hope Cemetery on Election Day, so people can visit the grave of Susan B. Anthony. There has already been a steady stream of visitors – some from out of state - to Anthony's grave site in recent days. They've left flowers, notes and 'I Just Voted' stickers. Deborah Hughes, executive director of at the Susan B. Anthony House and Museum, says in a year when two women are on the presidential ballot in most states, many...

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