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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In an effort to increase access to addiction treatment services in the wake of the opioid crisis, the New York State Health Department is giving hospitals an opportunity to add more in-patient detox beds.

The Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) is temporarily waiving a certification requirement that would allow hospitals to add detox beds through the end of this year. 

Monroe County currently only has 25 such beds, even though addiction specialists say the need is four to five times that amount.

Student-led protests against gun violence will be held throughout the U.S. and in the Rochester area on Wednesday.

At 10 a.m., students plan to walk out of school for 17 minutes of silence in remembrance of the 17 people who were gunned down in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida last month.

At World of Inquiry in Rochester, 300 ninth through twelfth graders are expected to take part in a march from their school to Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.


The search for Trevyan Rowe last weekend mobilized Rochester's autism community in a way one member says they've never seen before.

"The wandering away and death of a child with autism is every parent's worst nightmare," said Rachel Rosner, director of education and community training at AutismUp.

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The new leader of Rochester's Mental Health Association understands what it's like to be an immigrant who doesn't always feel welcome in a community.

He also knows what it's like to be bullied and battle addiction.

Chacku Mathai is drawing on his own life experiences for guidance as he works to address the mental health needs of the community.

Click on the LISTEN link above to hear Mathai talk about his personal history and how it will inform his work.  He also talks about how mental health access and screening fit into the national conversation about gun violence.

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Krista Damann has both a professional and personal interest in dementia.

Damann, a neuropsychologist at Rochester Regional Health’s Memory Center, has a 92 year old grandmother with Alzheimer’s disease.

“She's to the point now where she is completely dependent upon my mother and my aunt for her care, so her functioning is greatly diminished. She recognizes that she knows me, but she might not be able to say who I am. The essence of my grandmother is still there, her spunk."

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As part of the ongoing effort to stem the heroin and opioid crisis, a number of service providers are getting together Monday to offer support for people who are struggling with addiction and their families.

The Monroe County Heroin Task Force is hosting the outreach event, along with Rochester Regional Health and several local recovery groups and agencies. 

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The history of immigration in Rochester and its refugees is the theme of a theatrical piece that debuts tonight as part of the University of Rochester's International Theater Program. 

Australian-South African director, writer, and theater artist Talya Chalef co-created the piece with an ensemble of UR students.

Click on the LISTEN link above to hear Talya about her research in the city of Rochester's archives as she gathered material for the play called "We Don't Live on Mars Yet."


The chief medical investigator at the Monroe County Medical Examiner's office is urging people to be their own advocate when it comes to pain management.

Bob Zerby, whose job includes the oversight of field investigations and autopsies, has witnessed firsthand the surge in heroin and opioid-related deaths in recent years.  Death is the great equalizer, he says, but there is no one profile of an opioid or heroin user.

"There are no boundaries - rich or poor, inner city or suburban, black or white - it doesn't matter. It's everybody."

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When an orangutan at the Seneca Park Zoo recently had an echocardiogram, there was both a veterinarian and a cardiologist who normally treats humans at his side.

The exam of 16 year old Denda was part of the Great Ape Project, a national effort investigating cardiovascular disease in great apes.

"Ape hearts are so similar to humans', so using a human cardiologist is a good way for us to have a really accurate cardiac exam," said Dr. Louis DiVincenti, the zoo's director of Animal Health and Conservation. 

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Inspired by the vocal protests of students in South Florida whose high school was the scene of a deadly mass shooting last week, local students are organizing their own demonstrations to call for an end to gun violence.

"All kids consider, 'Okay, I'm in Math class. Which window am I gonna jump out of if there's a school shooter?', said Brighton High School senior Dylan Holcomb. “Any time there is an unannounced drill, the first thing that goes through our mind is, 'Oh my God, is there a school shooter?' "