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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High school students from Allegany County spend part of the weekend installing a transitional shelter at the House of Mercy on Ormond Street.  The ten by thirteen foot structures may provide a solution to the lack of beds for homeless individuals in Rochester.

The students from Andover High School raised the money to purchase, build, and transport the shelter to Rochester on Saturday.

Their technology and engineering teacher, Zach Owen, said, it’s a convenient alternative to a traditional homeless shelter.


Jon Dorenbos started his NFL career as a long snapper with the Buffalo Bills in 2003.

Later, he played for the Titans, Eagles, and Saints. Less than a year ago, the discovery of an aortic aneurysm forced Jon to retire from football.

But that wasn't the first time he experienced a life altering event.  In August, 1992, when Jon was 12 years old, his father killed his mother in a fit of rage. He bludgeoned her with a power tool and hid the body in the trunk of his car.

The Rochester Music Hall of Fame is hoping its new brick and mortar space will be open in time for the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival in June.

The Hall, which just officially welcomed its seventh class of inductees, is planning to take over a now-vacant, 1,300 square foot space at the corner of Gibbs Street and East Avenue this summer.

This will be the first time they'll have an actual physical Hall of Fame. It's been the dream of outgoing president Karl LaPorta, who steps down from his position at the end of May. And it's happening sooner than he anticipated.

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Reconnect Rochester says a new report on the intersection between transportation and poverty in Greater Rochester is a call to action for the community and its leaders.

The 52-page report, prepared by the Center for Governmental Research, says a shifting location of jobs from the city to the suburbs has made it increasingly difficult for low-income residents to access employment. 

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All this week, state and local law enforcement will increase patrols near high schools as part of a statewide campaign to limit the impacts of impaired and distracted driving as prom and graduation season approach.

Representatives of the governor's traffic safety committee kicked off the initiative at Brighton High School.

Student Hannah Newland said she was involved in a car crash while driving earlier this year.

A recent poll illustrates the stigma surrounding drug addiction.

More than three-quarters of New Yorkers who responded to a Siena College survey about the opioid crisis say the moral failings of those who are addicted is a contributing factor in the epidemic.

At the same time, people hold the opposing view that addiction is a disease.

More than 40 Rochester area nonprofit and social justice organizations are participating in an activism fair next month.

They're looking to recruit new activists who are interested in social justice and political change, but aren't sure how to make a difference.

The second annual event is organized by Athesia Benjamin, an art teacher at Monroe Community College.

She said it was inspired last year by fears and frustrations about policies and actions of the Trump administration.


ACT Rochester has released its annual community report card, an overview of trends meant to measure the quality of life in the 9 county region.

Some of the data follow a continuing theme from previous reports which demonstrate the degree of racial disparities.

The four year, regional high school graduation rate of 85 percent was above the statewide average. But in the city of Rochester, 57 percent of students earned their diploma on time.

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Among those remembering former first lady Barbara Bush following her death Tuesday is Curt Smith, a senior lecturer in English at the University of Rochester.

Smith was a speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush. He remembers Barbara Bush's fierce protectiveness and loyalty to her husband, her frank conversational style, and her political independence. 

Bush died at her home in Houston Tuesday at the age of 92. 

Click on the LISTEN link above to hear a portion of an interview with Curt Smith.


The new executive director of Willow Domestic Violence Center says her goal is to ensure that domestic violence is no longer a taboo subject.

Marisol Ramos-Lopez wants people to feel safe enough to report domestic or dating violence whether they themselves are the victim, or know someone who is.