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. 


11:28 am
Fri October 17, 2014

"Human Library" Offers Different Perspectives

Yahoda "Hoody" Miller

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


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, 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


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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4:00 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Researchers: Smoking Causes Even More Illness Than Previously Thought


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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11:06 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Local Researcher Will Study How Stress Impacts Alzheimer's Patients

Vankee Lin, PhD RN

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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WXXI Local Stories
11:35 am
Thu October 9, 2014

League of Women Voters Expects Low Voter Registration


The November election is less than a month away, and midnight October 10 is the deadline for mail-in voter registrations.

Katherine Smith, director of advocacy for the Rochester chapter of the League of Women Voters, says the registration process has been very slow this year.

The League of Women Voters and other organizations host events in the community, but Smith says it can be difficult to engage voters.

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WXXI Local Stories
12:39 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

AARP Hosts Forum to Address "Boomer Flight"


AARP has released a new survey showing that about two thirds of working Baby Boomers in Monroe County say they may consider moving out of state when they retire.

AARP associate state director Bill Armbruster said this has potentially significant economic consequences for the community.

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11:02 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Think Tank Says Proposal 3 is Not a Good Investment for Taxpayers


When New Yorkers vote on November 4, they'll be asked to consider Proposal 3.

This is a ballot proposition that would allow the state to borrow $2 billion for school districts to buy electronic tablets and computers, and expand high speed and wireless internet capacity.  The money would also pay for the construction of new classrooms to accommodate pre-kindergarten programs.

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WXXI Local Stories
5:58 am
Tue October 7, 2014

State Comptroller Audit: RGRTA Needs Better Oversight of Discretionary Spending

The State Comptroller's office says Rochester's public bus system needs policies to set guidelines for discretionary spending.

The recommendation comes from an audit of the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority that looked at the bus company’s books from 2010 to 2012.

The report reviewed 54 payments for discretionary spending totaling more than $99,610  during that period.

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