Evan Dawson

Connections Host

Evan Dawson joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.

Evan is also the author of Summer in a Glass: The Coming Age of Winemaking in the Finger Lakes and is the managing editor/Finger Lakes editor for the New York Cork Report, a web site that offers independent news, reviews, and commentary about the New York wine industry.

He has written freelance articles on topics including politics, wine, travel, and Major League Baseball.

Ways To Connect

In Rochester, there are two-and-a-half times more reports of domestic violence than New York's statewide rate. Why is that? Do we have a particular domestic violence problem... or has Rochester become a leader in offering support for those who come forward? We examine the new numbers from the Willow Domestic Violence Center. And we look at how our community has made progress in protecting children -- particularly those who witness domestic violence at a young age. In studio:

  • Jaime Saunders, President & CEO of Willow Domestic Violence Center (formerly Alternatives for Battered Women)
  • Jeff Pier, Director of Programs and Services at Willow Center
  • Lisa Butt, President & CEO of the Society for the Protection and Care of Children 

Was it the worst financial advice ever? Maybe that's a stretch, but an essay that's gone viral is frustrating financial advisers. That's because the essay advises people in their 20s not to save -- even saying that anyone with a bank statement is failing at making a statement about who they are in life. Our panel looks at the essay, and offers some ideas about just how much we should try to be saving, and when. 

  • Chuck Wade, Brighton Securities
  • Susan Glenz, real estate agent
  • Karin Gagliano, Client Relationship Manager, Bonadio Financial Services, LLC
  • Bryce Carey, Partner, Financial Advisor, NorthLanding Financial Partners, LLC

Back to the Future 2 took place in... October, 2015. It's our Monthly Science Roundtable, and we're examining the scientific predictions of that blockbuster film. Hoverboards? Video phones? Self-tying shoes? Our panel explores what Hollywood got right and wrong, and what might still be coming. Our guests:

  • Tom Howard, professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Rochester
  • Steve Jacobs, director of the laboratory for technological literacy at RIT
  • Steve Manly, professor of physics at the University of Rochester
  • Joe Geigel, professor in the department of computer science at the Rochester Institute of Technology

What does gun confiscation look like? In the wake of another mass shooting, the president (and many others) have invoked Australia's success in reducing gun violence. But Australia passed a confiscation plan -- not all guns, but most of the highest-powered. What would it look like if the United States tried something similar? Is there the political will? Do the pro-gun-control groups even want that? We'll also explore why the frequent refrain to stop future shootings through mental health screenings is essentially impossible. Our guests:

In less than two weeks, there will be new CPR guidelines to follow. The rollout will happen on October 15th - but experts say the changes will be relatively minor.

Dr. Peter Salgo is the host of Second Opinion - which is producing a special episode to air the night of the 15th.

Salgo was a guest on WXXI’s Connections with Evan Dawson - He told Evan that many people fear causing harm by performing CPR incorrectly.

It was a strange and potentially magical discovery: sheet music from the 1920s, delivered to Hochstein as a gift. They contacted author and historian Michael Lasser to see if the sheet music was of any value.

Sadly, it was largely a bust, but it sparked a big idea: Hochstein is turning 95 years old, and Lasser has helped organize a performance to honor its history. The music will come from 1918 to 1927, capturing the sounds of the time of its founding, and to honor the death of David Hochstein.

This is the story of a high-end fashion photographer whose life changed when, by chance, he bumped into a girl with albinism in Manhattan.

That moment changed Rick Guidotti, who went home and thought about people with genetic differences. He felt that too often, people with differences were dehumanized, treated as a disease in medical textbooks -- not as people. So he quit the fashion industry and created a new organization designed to honor beauty in all people. It's called Positive Exposure.

Think Before You Pink: we're entering Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means pink will be everywhere. You'll see it on NFL uniforms, on cars, on products in stores and on TV.

The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester urges more transparency in the companies joining the pinking parade. Where is the money going? What critical questions can consumers ask? How can we make sure the pink ribbons aren't a scam?

Guests are:

Holly Anderson, executive director of the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester Marianne Sargent, past advocacy committee chair  

Is Rochester a model for interfaith relations? We explore our own history with author and local professor Joe Kelly, whose new book traces Rochester's unique pact of mutual defense and understanding between the local Catholic Diocese and the Jewish community.

Kelly writes about the value of interfaith dialog and understanding, and it's a timely moment to join Connections: Pope Francis spoke of interfaith outreach in his U.S. visit last week. Guests are:

Will the flu shot be effective this year? Last year, the strains mutated, rendering some of the vaccines ineffective. We'll get a preview of flu season, and examine why the medical community expects this year to be different. And we'll answer listener questions about the flu vaccine: supply, how it's created, and more. Our guest:

Dr. John Treanor, chief of the Infectious Diseases Division at UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital