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 State Department is warning Americans to be alert to possible travel risks, especially during the holidays, following increased threats from militant groups around the world. 

A Rochester area travel agency says it has not noticed any decline in foreign travel since the latest terrorist attacks.

However, Rebecca Mineo, vice president of corporate travel and sales at Van Zile Travel says business travelers who book trips through her agency are more mindful when they are abroad. Ciesielski

Rochester area churches are holding events today to remember the 23 transgender people who were killed in the United States this year.

The annual Transgender Day of Remembrance is a world-wide event that started fifteen years ago on the one-year anniversary of the still unsolved murder of a transgender Massachusetts woman, Rita Hester, in 1999.

Scott Fearing of the Gay Alliance says Rochester has a long history of being trans-inclusive in its city and corporate policies and community acceptance.

Three finalists are vying for a chance to occupy some rent free space on St. Paul Street for a year for their new business.

They were chosen by a crowd of about 160 last night as part of the Retailent Rochester contest.

A panel of judges will select the winner from the three finalists. Allison Wassink, who works at a downtown law firm, is proposing a grocery store called Love Local, featuring local food.

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Rochester City Council has approved $50,000 for a new, temporary shelter for chronically homeless people who have nowhere else to go this winter.

The measure is still awaiting the signature of Mayor Lovely Warren.

The Rochester Emergency Action Committee for the Homeless (REACH) is hoping to open the shelter at the end of the month at the rectory building of the Our Lady of the Americas Church at 80 Prince Street.  It will be managed by paid staff and volunteers. The space is not currently being used as a rectory by the Diocese of Rochester.

Former ``Two and a Half Men'' star Charlie Sheen has HIV. 

In an interview Tuesday on NBC's ``Today,'' show the 50-year-old actor said he tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS about four years ago, but that, thanks to a rigorous drug regimen, he's healthy. 

Dr. William Valenti of Trillium Health in Rochester is known for his work to raise awareness about AIDS.

He says Sheen's revelation may open some eyes. 

"It tells us that HIV is still a sexually transmitted disease in all of the world and that no one is really immune."

A local college professor says it is difficult being away from friends and family in France in light of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

Mireille LeBreton, a professor of French Literature at Nazareth College, says all of her loved ones are safe.

"If they are maybe cautious as to meeting in public places and being in places where a lot of people are gathered together, they are not scared. The schools and restaurants are open. I think life is coming back (to normal) and they don't want to be scared."

This evening WXXI, through our Veteran's Connections initiative, is hosting a free screening of the film American St. Nick at the Little Theater.

It tells the story of a Rochester-area U.S. Army colonel and his fellow soldiers, who brought Christmas back to the children of the small Luxembourg town of Wiltz during World War II.

Click on the LISTEN link above to hear that local veteran, Richard Brookins, who now lives in Pittsford, talk about a tradition that began on December 5, 1944 and continues to this day.

About 30 students from East High School will be enrolled in a curriculum in January that is designed to bridge the gap between urban schools and higher education.

The program, funded by Earthworks Institute, will use various community projects to educate students about how their ecological footprint has a global impact. Gober

New Yorkers have some pessimistic views about what the future holds for young people.

A new Siena College poll asked adult residents whether the typical young person in their neighborhood would graduate from college.  Only 53 percent believe that is "almost certain" or "very likely".

Republicans are holding onto their more than 20-year occupation of the Monroe County executive's office, with a victory Tuesday for Cheryl Dinolfo.

The Republican Party also strengthened its majority in the county legislature, but Dinolfo said she wants to bring a bipartisan spirit to her new role.