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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Camden McKenney was 6 months old when his mother started noticing that something wasn’t quite right. Camden wasn’t rolling over and he couldn’t sit up. He was also low in weight.

Two and a half weeks after the family’s pediatrician made a referral, Camden was evaluated by a specialist and diagnosed with gross motor delay.  He started physical therapy and has made noticeable progress.

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Advocates for survivors of domestic violence and supporters of stricter gun control are applauding passage of a new measure included in the new budget for New York State.

It requires individuals convicted of domestic violence-related crimes to surrender all of their firearms.


April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month. A local advocate says most people are aware of the condition, with one in 68 children getting the diagnosis.

But Rachel Rosner, director of education for AutismUp, says there's still room for improvement on the acceptance part.

Rosner hopes people can move closer to understanding and respecting the rights of those on the autism spectrum to live and thrive in their communities.

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A proposal in the New York State Senate is calling for more research into Lyme disease.

Sponsors of the legislation want the state to conduct an impact study to consider how Lyme and other tick-borne diseases may be connected to mental health problems in individuals infected with the illness.

According to the National Institute of Health, symptoms including memory and sleep disorders, irritability, and decreased concentration may not appear until weeks, months or even years after a tick bite.

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The same night a wake was held for a Rochester teen with autism who died after walking away from his school unnoticed, a federal measure to pay for tracking devices for vulnerable children and adults passed in both houses of Congress.

The legislation was included in a massive omnibus spending package that President Trump is now threatening to veto.

Rochester City Council on Tuesday night approved funding for a study of a proposal  performing arts center and residential complex on Parcel 5.

Council voted 8 -1 to have a consultant do additional research into the proposed Golisano Arts & Entertainment Complex.  Council member Molly Clifford cast the only ‘no’ vote.

She says she doesn't want to waste taxpayer money.


In an effort to increase access to addiction treatment services in the wake of the opioid crisis, the New York State Health Department is giving hospitals an opportunity to add more in-patient detox beds.

The Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) is temporarily waiving a certification requirement that would allow hospitals to add detox beds through the end of this year. 

Monroe County currently only has 25 such beds, even though addiction specialists say the need is four to five times that amount.

Student-led protests against gun violence will be held throughout the U.S. and in the Rochester area on Wednesday.

At 10 a.m., students plan to walk out of school for 17 minutes of silence in remembrance of the 17 people who were gunned down in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida last month.

At World of Inquiry in Rochester, 300 ninth through twelfth graders are expected to take part in a march from their school to Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.


The search for Trevyan Rowe last weekend mobilized Rochester's autism community in a way one member says they've never seen before.

"The wandering away and death of a child with autism is every parent's worst nightmare," said Rachel Rosner, director of education and community training at AutismUp.

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The new leader of Rochester's Mental Health Association understands what it's like to be an immigrant who doesn't always feel welcome in a community.

He also knows what it's like to be bullied and battle addiction.

Chacku Mathai is drawing on his own life experiences for guidance as he works to address the mental health needs of the community.

Click on the LISTEN link above to hear Mathai talk about his personal history and how it will inform his work.  He also talks about how mental health access and screening fit into the national conversation about gun violence.