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 announced departure of one franchise and the possible loss of another is an indication that Rochester's minor league sports market has been oversaturated.

That's the assessment of Todd Harrison, chair of the sport management department at St. John Fisher College.

"People are very interested in sports and they've been very good followers of the teams that have been here and that demand drove the supply of teams,” he said. “But when you stand back and look, we have had a number of sports franchises. Probably too many for what we could handle as a city our size.”

A Rochester woman is due back in court Friday morning in connection with the death of her newborn son earlier this week.

Liz Riley, the attorney representing 25-year old Markiya Mitchell, tells WXXI News that her client is distraught, and she has yet to determine whether Mitchell's mental status will be a factor in her defense.

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Monroe County's eligibility for federal assistance for flood damage is under review, according to a FEMA spokesman.

When President Trump issued a major disaster declaration for six New York counties Tuesday, Monroe was not among them, even though local communities along the shore of Lake Ontario were among the hardest hit by flooding this spring and summer.

In Irondequoit, town supervisor Dave Seeley says repairs are still ongoing, a compromised sewer lateral was recently moved costing around $350,000 with overtime expenses. He said those costs hit the town hardest.

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New medical guidelines lower the threshold for high blood pressure.

High pressure has long meant a reading of at least 140 over 90. That drops to 130 over 80 in the new guidelines announced by the American Heart Association and other health professional organizations.

This means nearly half of American adults have the condition. Dr. John Bisognano, a cardiologist at UR Medicine and president of the American Society of Hypertension, said the change comes with mounting evidence that it's worth treating people for hypertension at the lower end of the spectrum.

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Members of the Rochester community say local veterans owe a debt a gratitude to Tom Cray, founder of the Veterans Outreach Center.

Cray died of brain cancer last Friday at the age of 67.

He served two tours in Vietnam and then returned home and worked to get veterans access to the services they needed.  Former VOC board member Fred Elliott said Vietnam veterans didn't always get a warm homecoming, but Cray said you had to separate the warrior from the war.

As Veterans Day approaches, Compeer Rochester is reminding local veterans that a program it offers can help them ease back into civilian life.

CompeerCORPS has been around for five years.  It brings veterans together for group and community activities with the ultimate goal of establishing one-to-one connections.  Program manager Mike Buckpitt, who is a U.S. Army veteran himself, says it's all about the personal connections.

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Golisano Children's Hospital says a new program is expected to improve health outcomes for premature infants born in its neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

As of this week, very premature babies weighing less than 3.3 pounds have access to donor breast milk when their own mother's milk is not available.

"Some mothers may have also been ill themselves,” said NICU nurse Rachel Seffen. “That may be part of the reason the baby was born prematurely. They may need some supplementation in the beginning until their milk supply is able to meet the demands of the baby."

Todd Baxter  is shocked by the margin of his victory in Tuesday's election for Monroe County Sheriff.

The Democrat thought his race against a four-term, well financed Republican incumbent would be neck and neck. Instead, Baxter beat Patrick O'Flynn by 14 percentage points.

"When the numbers started rolling in, I was flabbergasted,” Baxter said. “We were so surprised and so, so grateful that the community came out with that much support."

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The chair of Monroe County's Democratic Committee can't remember a local election night that had the number of big wins her party scored on Tuesday.

"The fact that we were able to have so many wins in one night within one cycle....I don't know that there is a year that we can point to that had similar results,” said Jamie Romeo.

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When the United Way of Greater Rochester celebrates its centennial next year, it will do so with a new leader.

The organization's board of directors has appointed Jaime Saunders the new president and CEO.  Saunders, currently president and CEO of Willow Domestic Violence Center, has 20 years of experience in human services and nonprofit administration and fundraising.