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

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

Our Summer of Food series of conversations continues with the unusual story of a local soup kitchen that has become known for its outstanding food.

We meet the man who helped build the reputation of A Meal and More, which serves more than 10,000 meals a year to people in need. Jeff Caruso also has a new book out, detailing his upbringing, and how his family heritage (both Jewish and Italian) contributed to his culinary approach. It’s an approach that took him throughout the food world in New York, Philadelphia, and the Hudson Valley.  Our guests:

  • Jeff Caruso, chef at A Meal and More
  • Patti Blaine, president of the Board of Directors for A Meal and More

First hour: Ganondagan event promotes understanding between diverse communities

Second hour: Summer of Food - Chef Jeff Caruso and A Meal and More

Is the new Ghostbusters movie any good? That's one question. Then there's the question of why it's become so polarizing. And one of the cast members recently said that she's tired of hearing the term "female comedian," because we never use the term "male comedian." Why are women treated differently on screen? We discuss all of that and more. Our guests:

  • Beth Winslow, actor and comedian
  • Eric Stevens, pop culture writer and LEGO designer
  • Char Broome, comedian who performs under the name Char B

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg touched off a national conversation about the behavior of judges when she harshly criticized Donald Trump. From all political sides, Ginsburg was criticized for abandoning the judicial code of conduct that requires judges not to voice political opinions. She later apologized.

We discuss whether it's realistic to expect judges to remain apolitical, and why it matters when they speak about political candidates. Our guests:

  • Mark Foti, chair of the Monroe County Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, and former public defender
  • Patricia Marks, retired Monroe County Court Judge
  • Jim Bowers, chair of the Department of Legal Studies at St. John Fisher College

First hour: Is it realistic to expect judges to remain apolitical?

Second hour: The new Ghostbusters movie and perceptions of women in comedy

Former television journalist Rachel Barnhart is running against Assemblyman Harry Bronson for his seat. In this hour, she discusses the issues she wants to focus on in Albany, and why she left a career in television news to run for state office.

Our hour with Harry Bronson is available here.

Assemblyman Harry Bronson is running for re-election, taking on a challenge from former television journalist Rachel Barnhart. In this hour, Assemblyman Bronson discusses his legislative record and the issues he thinks are most pertinent.

Our hour with Rachel Barnhart is available here.

First hour: Assemblyman Harry Bronson

Second hour: Rachel Barnhart, challenging Bronson for his seat

When Cheryl Dinolfo was Monroe County Clerk, did she neglect her duty to help gun owners who wanted privacy?

Adam Bello, the current clerk, told the Democrat & Chronicle that there are at least 13,000 and as many as 20,000 opt-out forms just sitting in file cabinets, unprocessed, dating back to 2013. "Opting out" means the pistol permit holder wants to shield their name and address from being publicly disclosed. Other counties processed the requests, but apparently, Monroe County did not.

We discuss what this means for gun owners and the SAFE Act with our guests: