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.

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Connections
1:49 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Connections: Latinos in the Media and the Latino Film Festival

In this hour we discuss if the media is serving a diverse population, specifically the Hispanic population. We convened a panel to dive into this issue and discuss the Latino Film Festival:

  • Jesus Vega, lead coordinator for the Latino Film Festival
  • Yesenia Ramos-Torres
  • Dave McCleary, President of Minority Reporter and La Voz
  • Annette Ramos, blogger for Huffington Post
Connections
1:42 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Connections: How Do You Want to Die?

Here's a question you may not think about until you're asked, "How do you want to die?" Answers usually range from "peacefully", "in our sleep", to "surrounded by my family." Some use treatments to prolong their lives trading off a poorer quality of life for longevity. Is there a right way to handle this? What would a doctor choose if they faced this scenario. We have a health care panel from the University of Rochester Medical Center to weigh in on these issues:

  • Dr. Tim Quill, director of Palliative Care Program
  • Laura Hogan, nurse practitioner
  • Emilee Langfit, nurse for Strong’s Sussman Palliative Care Inpatient Unit
Connections
4:16 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Connections: ISIS Recruiting in ROC; 5k to Honor Teacher

In the first part of the show, new charges were filed against Mufid Elfgeeh, he’s accused of recruiting for ISIS. It’s believed he may be the first person in the U.S. to be charged with recruiting for ISIS. Elfgeeh was arrested earlier this year after he bought guns as part of a plan to kill members of the military returning from war, and Shiites in the Rochester area. So how did the feds know that Elfgeeh was doing all of this, and could there be others? We answer these questions and more with Democrat & Chronicle Reporter Gary Craig.

Then we talk about the Iron Angel 5k taking place September 28, to honor Heather Boyum. Race Director Bonnie Venton joins us to talk about this year’s race.

Connections
4:11 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Connections: Teachout Helps State Senate; Poisoning the Most Expensive Wine

Last week Zephyr Teachout lost to Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, but not without taking 34 percent of the vote, more than what most people thought she’d get. Teachout has not supported Cuomo in the general election, instead, she will help Democrats get elected to the State Senate, in an effort to reclaim the majority. What would this mean for the State Senate? We discuss this with Laura Nahmias, of Capital.

Then, we talk about a plot to try and poison the world’s most expensive wine. In January 2010, the proprietor of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, a vineyard that produces the most expensive wines in the world, received a letter that unless he paid a one million euro ransom, his vines would be poisoned. He believed it was a joke, but the threat was real. Reporter Max Potter joins us to talk about how went to France to document this crime and wrote about his findings called “Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World’s Greatest Wine”

Arts & Culture
4:07 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Connections: Women in Journalism; Teddy Roosevelt Documentary

We start the hour with a look at how women in journalism have seen their opportunities and contributions change for the better. But in some ways, not enough has changed. Joining us is Leah Stacy (also editor-in-chief of 585), creator of a new documentary-sytle performance for the upcoming Fringe Festival and acting professor Shawnda Urie.

Then we talk to Matt Ryan, managing editor of "New York Now", and filmmaker behind the new documentary about Teddy Roosevelt's installation as president called "Nine Long Days". It’s a companion doc to the Ken Burns production, "The Roosevelts", and it airs this Saturday at 6 p.m. on WXXI-TV. The documentary focuses on the assassination of McKinley and the rise of Roosevelt.

Connections
3:57 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Connections: Parental Punishment

We look at corporal punishment in light of the Adrian Peterson case. What is appropriate and what is not? What do the studies show about long-term impact? We discuss this with our panel: 

  • Deb Rosen, director of children and family services, Child Protective Services
  • Mary Whittier, Executive Director of Bivona Child Advocacy Center
Connections
3:40 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Connections: When the News is Really an Ad

What are the new hidden messages in your news supply? How can you discern an ad that is made to look like news? Is it ethical? Also, we look at the "message makers" -- the people in public relations who shape much of the conversation in our daily news. We talk with two guests who understand the art of shaping communications: 

Connections
3:35 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Connections: Student Loan Relief?

We take a look at Senator Elizabeth Warren's proposal to alleviate student loan debt. Can it work? Our panel includes expertise from education, finance, and an economist. Senator Warren notes that the country's combined student loan debt now exceeds a trillion dollars, and she calls it a scandal. Joining us to talk about this is: 

Connections
3:47 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Connections: Suicide Prevention

On August 21, 1985, Ken Baldwin was ademant...that he was going to end his life. He drove out to the Golden Gate Bridge, got out of his car, stood on the bridge's edge, counted to 10...but didn't jump. He counted to 10 again, and plunged towards the water. That's when Ken realized he wanted to live, and as he hit the water, he was happy to realize he was alive. Unfortunately, many aren't Ken Baldwin, and do end up taking their own life. Why does this happen? How can we prevent suicide? What signs should we be aware of? We discuss this sensitive topic with our guests:

Connections
3:30 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Connections: Vaccinations

This week, PBS aired an edition of NOVA called, "Vaccines - Calling the Shots". The episode highlights the increasing rates of whooping cough, measles, and mumps, in part - the episode says - because nervous parents are electing not to have their kids vaccinated. Will this continue to be an increasing problem, or do those that skip vaccinations have a legitimate argument? We discuss this with our guests: 

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