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 Diocese of Rochester has launched a campaign to raise $3.5 million to fund both the education of a growing number of future priests and to provide retirement stipends for priests who have already served local Catholic parishes.


This evening WXXI is hosting a screening of The Ken Burns/Sarah Burns documentary The Central Park Five, that examines the case of five black and Latino teenagers who were wrongly convicted of rape. WXXI’s Beth Adams speaks with attorney Lamar Jackson about racial profiling and the justice system in Rochester.

WXXI's reporting on RACE: Are We So Different? is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.


  School districts in Monroe County are finding it challenging to follow guidelines under the federal school lunch program that was put into place last year.  The program requires school districts to serve more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, use ten percent less salt, and offer students only one percent or non-fat milk. 


  An audit by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has found that local governments are not consistently checking the backgrounds of employees working in youth programs such as pre-school or afterschool activities, arts and crafts, exercise and fitness and summer camps.  


We traditionally think of mobile apps as having the ability to speed up communications, but two professors a the University of Rochester have designed an app they hope will cause you slow down and notice the world around you.


Jean Giambrone, often called Rochester's "First Lady of Sports" passed away this week at the age of 91. Giambrone was a long-time sportswriter at the Rochester Times Union, ​a position she secured after presenting herself to the sports editor in the early 1940s complaining that there was not enough coverage of women's sports. 


According to a Siena College Research Institute survey released this morning, New Yorkers are feeling more positive about the real estate market than they have in at least three years.  

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A researcher at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education is starting a three-year study on relationships among school leaders in the Chicago public school district.  

In the past thirteen years, the Greater Rochester area has become more racially diverse than ever before.  According to data from the Census Bureau, between 2000 and 2010, all racial and ethnic groups except whites experienced growth.  The highest spike in population is among those who identify themselves as multi-racial, which soared 101 percent. The next highest spike occurred in the Hispanic population, which increased by 38 percent.  In this report, we investigate the challenges and opportunities this changing community presents.

Downton Abbey Season 3

Jan 3, 2013

The much anticipated third season of Downton Abbey premieres on WXXI -TV Sunday, January 6  at 9:00 p.m.   We spoke with Susanne Simpson, Senior Producer of MASTERPIECE, two-time Academy Award nominee and EMMY winner about what we can expect from the Crawleys this season and about the future of the wildly popular show.