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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Throughout their lives, and even from one generation to the next, African and American and Latino residents of the 9-county Rochester region fare much worse than their white counterparts when it comes to everything from health and education to wages and home ownership.

A wide range of data reflecting these glaring gaps is outlined in a report released today by ACT Rochester and the Rochester Area Community Foundation.

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The abundance of rain this spring and summer has boosted the growth of local honeybee hives, but a menacing mite is continuing to cause havoc.

Experts are urging local beekeepers to check their hives now and every three weeks for the varroa mite.  The tiny parasite is posing a serious threat to New York's honeybee population, which was reduced 44 percent last year.         

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First responders in Virginia are praising Wegmans for donating food to police who worked to quell the violence that erupted at a weekend rally in Charlottesville.


There is weariness around David Attridge’s eyes as he describes the toll the opioid crisis is taking on the Rochester community.

"There are still people dying left and right. The number of people (who died) since June who are very close to us is downright scary, to be honest with you. We just see more and more, and they're getting younger and younger."

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Homeless women veterans and their children now have a new housing option in Seneca County.

Honor House, a single story home on Fall Street in Seneca Falls, will accommodate one family at a time for up to two years as the veteran transitions back to civilian life following her military experience.

The home was donated to Habitat for Humanity of Seneca County by one of the nonprofit's late members, "Honor " Annie Calland.

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Saying they are frustrated and alarmed by the ongoing opioid crisis, leaders in the town of Gates have opened a drop-in center for people fighting addiction.

Every Thursday night, the Gates Recreation Center meeting room is open to both individuals looking for help for their addiction, as well as their family and friends.

There they will get information about available treatment and support programs from representatives of local support group Recovery Now NY and the Unity Chemical Dependency program.

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Lake Ontario's water level is down a foot from its peak in late May, but still more than 2 feet above normal for this time of year.

The U.S.-Canadian government body that regulates the lake levels says it will start to gradually reduce the outflow of water from the lake to the St. Lawrence River.

The International Joint Commission is trying to balance fears of more flooding on the southern shore of the lake against concerns about the hazardous conditions faced by shippers and boaters with the unprecedented outflows into the St. Lawrence in May and June.

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The Rochester Broadway Theater league has released a projected budget for its proposed new downtown performing arts center.

The 10-year estimates show a net surplus within the first quarter at the venue and a surplus of more than $219,000 after the first full year in 2021.

The figures are based on 180 events a year with some of the revenue coming from a new source: parking.

Some in the arts community say they still have questions about the proposed 130 million dollar project, which is a joint venture between RBTL and local developer Morgan Communities.

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August is "Child Support Awareness Month" in New York.

Officials say child support is a vital source of income for hundreds of thousands of children and families, and it's especially critical for the poorest families.


Governor Andrew Cuomo this week launched New York's first ever Council on Women and Girls.

He says it is in response to expectations that the Trump Administration will disband a similar council created under the Obama Administration which addresses equality gaps in public policy and programs.