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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A Monroe Community College organization has joined more than a hundred others around the country in their call for stepped-up efforts to fight anti-Semitism.

They're responding to recent reports that the Trump administration was considering the elimination of a State Department envoy assigned to monitor and combat anti-Semitism.

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On Tuesday, the Little Theatre and about 90 other art house movie theaters around the country are screening the film 1984, based on the dystopian novel written by George Orwell.

The date of the national screening day -April 4- was not chosen at random. It's the date Orwell's protagonist Winston Smith starts to rebel against his oppressive government by keeping a forbidden diary. 


Sister Grace Miller took on the mission of helping the homeless over 30 years ago when she saw a group of men on the streets of Rochester who appeared to be frightened.

On Monday, a long awaited new chapter opens for  Miller and her organization's clients as she welcomes the first residents into the House of Mercy's new shelter on Ormond Street.

"I never, ever imagined anything like this," she said.

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Officials in Irondequoit are still deciding where they will offer shelter tonight to residents who still don't have power.

About a dozen people stayed at Irondequoit High School Thursday night, one of four temporary shelters that were opened in Monroe County following Wednesday’s wind storm.

Irondequoit Supervisor Dave Seeley says about a third of the town's residents still had no heat or light as of this morning, and that's taking a toll on them.

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The hurricane-force winds that tore through the Rochester area Wednesday not only took down trees and power lines, they also left home and business owners with torn roofs, broken gutters, and in some cases, more serious damage to their property.

Rick Herman of the Rochester Home Builders' Association says you may have to be patient if you need to secure the services of a professional contractor.    

"In most cases, with the exception of a completely blown-in roof or something like that, minor repairs can wait a few days or even a few weeks."


As women across the country take part in the national "Day Without a Woman" protest, a Conservative group has formed a counter demonstration.

Right2Speak is an online and social media movement encouraging women to "show up" to serve their communities instead of participating in a work strike.


Women in the Rochester area and around the country are taking part in an event to commemorate International Women's Day this Wednesday.

A Day Without a Woman sprang from the Women's March on Washington in January.

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Amy Schnitzler loves running.

She would often try to run five miles a day, but that was before the Henrietta woman was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2016.  Amy, who is 27, learned in November that the cancer had spread to her lungs.

She has undergone more than three months of chemotherapy and, like many cancer patients, experienced extreme fatigue.

"It's not like anything I remember feeling prior to chemotherapy. Words fail to describe it."

Despite the exhaustion, Amy tried to keep moving when she could.


In 2002 forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu linked, for the first time, repetitive head injuries in NFL players to a progressive degenerative brain disease.

He gave it a name: chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. Symptoms include memory loss, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, and eventually progressive dementia.

Dr. Omalu's attempts to raise awareness of CTE were initially rejected by the NFL, but the league has since made some concessions.

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The Finger Lakes Sexual Health Coalition is kicking off "The Sex Drive," a campaign that encourages parents to have brief but important conversations with their kids about relationships and sex.

Coalition co-chair Kate Ott says one of the best places for these talks is in the car.  For one thing, she says, no one can leave the room.

"But, the other side of that is, if it's a short trip you know that it's close-ended, so the agony will be over in five or ten minutes,” Ott said. “Both parties know that; the parents know that and the child knows that."