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

Let's talk about work culture. About work-life balance. About pushing employees without breaking them. Those subjects have been on the minds of many after the New York Times published a long piece examining the work culture inside Amazon. We'll sit down with local executives to talk about what they expect of their employees, and how they approach the question of balance. Our guests:

  • Luaren Dixon, CEO, Dixon Schwabl
  • Maureen Wolfe, senior vice president of human resources, ESL Federal Credit Union
  • Kathy Metcalf, marketing communication manager, Clark Patterson Lee
  • Jim Rahmlow, partner, Mengel Metzger Barr

We're focusing on integrity and values-based leadership, which might sound nebulous at first glance. But a team of local business and retired military leaders is concerned about the lack of values-based leadership just about everywhere: the board room, the church, the ballpark, the political arena. How to change that? They'll explain their approach. Our guests:

  • Carin Cole, assistant dean of the Simon School at the University of Rochester
  • John Batiste, retired U.S. Army Major General and co-founder of Level Five Associates
  • Robert Mixon, retired U.S. Army Major General and co-founder of Level Five Associates

Some of the victims from last week's mass shooting on Genesee Street in Rochester had ties to Teen Empowerment, an organization that uses creative initiatives to reach out to city teens. The TE team was devastated by the shootings, but they are determined to continue their positive work. We'll talk to them about what comes next, and we'll discuss other city programs aimed at helping teenagers build strong futures. Our guests:

  • Kit Miller, director of the Ghandi Institute
  • Doug Ackley, director of Rochester programs, Teen Empowerment
  • Shawn Brown, program coordinator, Teen Empowerment

A group protesting a controversial panel on the Dentzel carousel at Ontario Beach Park says they won't stop until the panel is taken down. Our discussion will focus on the history surrounding the image, and the kind of imagery that was once common. 

Our guests:

  • Howard Eagle
  • Rev. Judith Davis
  • Rev. Lewis Stewart

Are those chickens in your neighbor's backyard? Are they allowed to do that? The answer is, probably, sure they are. And that surprises some Rochester and suburban residents, who are seeing more chicken coops around town. Why the surge in interest? And how many eggs do those things produce, anyway? We posed these questions to our chicken-owning experts:

  • Dave Shein
  • John-Paul Takats
  • Monica Devine-Haley
  • Shannon Taber

The Democrats have a new local leader. Can she pull the party out of its electoral funk? Jamie Romeo is 30 years old, and pushed hard for the job. She's worked on a number of campaigns, but right now, her party isn't even running a campaign for district attorney, and its candidate for county executive was soundly defeated last time. Romeo sits down with us to talk about how to unify Democrats and finally wins some races.

What if we looked at gun-related violence purely as a public health issue? That's what Harvard's David Hemenway did in his book Private Guns, Public Health. As best he could, Hemenway removed emotion from the arguments about firearms, and collected the best data available. In the wake of last week's mass shooting in Rochester, some of our listeners have asked questions about firearm statistics. Hemenway joins us for the hour to answer our questions.

Are the Common Core standards threatening to push great fiction out of the classroom? A local English teacher says, in a word: Yes. We'll expand on a recent conversation about the future of teaching classic literature with a pair of passionate guests:

  • Evvy Fanning, English teacher at Pittsford Sutherland High School
  • Gillian Moore, recent high school graduate

Who doesn't love pizza? An American favorite, pizza comes in all types, including New York pizza. In downtown Rochester, one place specializes in New York pizza, The Pizza Stop. We brought in owner Jim Staffieri to ask him - How do you make New York Pizza?

Second Opinion Live looks at a category of birth sometimes known as "micro-preemies." We're asking when local medical providers determine a developing fetus is viable, and what can be done if the baby is born extremely prematurely. From the intervention, to the success rate, to the ethical questions, we'll explore it all. Our guests:

  • Dr. Carl D'Angio, Golisano Children's Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Dr. Patricia Chess, Golisano Children's Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center