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

A local couple is moving out of Rochester, but not for the reasons you might think. We talk to them about why they say it's time to debunk the stereotypes about living in our city. Our guests:

  • Jim Mayer
  • Irene Allen

What's going on at the Port of Rochester?

The city is scraping a proposed plan to build a hotel, shops, and condominiums at the Port in Charlotte. Mayor Lovely Warren's office says the developer, Edgewater Resources, failed to submit detailed project financing for the project, and instead asked for a nine month extension. Mayor Warren says the city will seek other development partners.

We talk about the decision and what could be next for the Port. Our guests:

  • Marianne Warfle, president of the Port of Charlotte Merchants Association, and general manager of the Port of Rochester Marina         
  • William Brown, systems analyst for TSM Solutions and member of Charlotte Strong
Edgewater Resources

First hour: The future of the Port of Rochester

Second hour: Debunking stereotypes about living in Rochester

More than half of Rochester's children live in poverty, and Rochester ranks No. 1 in child poverty rates among cities in comparably sized metro areas. The Urban Institute finds that Rochester is in the top 10, nationally, among cities for black-white disparity in employment and homeownership.

What is going to change those numbers? We examine several programs aimed at helping at-risk youth get their first job, keep that job, and graduate from school. Our guests:

In Rochester, the Caribbean community tends to feel forgotten. Its members are wondering: how much do you know about Caribbean geography? History? Heritage? As certain industries grow, such as tourism, others like human and drug trafficking threaten to destabilize that region.

We look at how the local Caribbean community is trying to connect and become more well known in Western New York, including through three upcoming events: Carifest, the Jamaican Independence Gala, and the Rochester Jerk Festival. Our guests:

Teen Empowerment

First hour: Getting to know the local Caribbean community

Second hour: Examining programs designed to help at-risk kids in Rochester

The Obama Administration announced last week that for the first time in more than 20 years, prison inmates will be able to receive financial aid for college. The "Second Chance Pell" pilot program will enable prisoners to take college courses using Pell Grants paid for by taxpayers. About 12,000 inmates are expected to participate.

The news re-ignites debate over funding for prison to college programs: supporters say the programs reduce recidivism, but opponents say they are a waste of taxpayer money and are unfair to college students who have not committed crimes.

We explore the impact of prison to college programs, including those in the Rochester area. Our guests:

At least 41 people are dead and at least 239 are injured after authorities say three suicide bombers carried out an attack on Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul on Tuesday. While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the Turkish Prime Minister says he suspects the Islamic State is behind it. 

The attack has occurred during Ramadan, a holy month of fasting and prayer for Muslims. We talk about the impact of the attack on the Muslim community. Our guests:


First hour: The terror attack in Turkey and its impact on the Muslim community 

Second hour: The debate over prison to college programs

While RBTL continues to lobby for a new, 3,000-seat downtown performing arts center, other theater companies are trying to reinvigorate the local theater scene. From established companies to new groups, we explore the scene. Our guests: