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


First hour: Conservative writer urges his colleagues not to dismiss mainstream newspapers

Second hour: The story of R Community Bikes and the WNY Bike Fest

Parents have raised concerns about gaps in the quality and focus of care related to children's social and emotional health in our region. As a result, the Greater Rochester Health Foundation convened a commission on children's behavioral health. What did they find? We discuss the Crisis in Care report with our guests:

  • Dr. Martin Lustick, M.D., senior vice president and corporate medical director for Excellus BCBS, and co-chair of the Greater Rochester Initiative for Children’s Social and Emotional Health Implementation Task Force
  • Shaun Nelms, Ed.D., associate professor at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester, superintendent of East High School, and co-chair of the Greater Rochester Initiative for Children’s Social and Emotional Health Implementation Task Force
  • Anita Black, program officer for the Greater Rochester Health Foundation

Astrophysicist Adam Frank is fresh off the March for Science, and he's thinking about a lot of things related to this particular American moment. Why do so many Americans reject real expertise? Is the current administration going to do irrevocable damage in the battle against climate change? And how are scientists improving when it comes to recognizing the signs of intelligent life in the universe?

It's always a whirlwind conversation with one of science's great communicators, Adam Frank.

First hour: Astrophysicist Adam Frank on the value of expertise

Second hour: Addressing gaps the quality of care related to children's mental and emotional health 

The New York Philharmonic is the nation’s oldest symphony orchestra, but it wasn’t until 2014 that it welcomed its first black principal player. While that fact may seem staggering, recent data paint a bleak picture of the state of diversity in classical music: only 4% of orchestra musicians are either African American or Latino.

Organizers of this summer's Gateways Music Festival are committed to improving that percentage. The festival features musicians of African descent and works by African-American composers. Our guests give us a preview of the festival and discuss how to make classical music more accessible to underserved communities. In studio:

  • Jamal Rossi, dean of the Eastman School of Music
  • Paul Burgett, chairman of the board of the Gateways Music Festival, and University of Rochester vice president and senior advisor to the president of the University of Rochester
  • Lee Koonce, president and artistic director of the Gateways Music Festival
  • Dalanie Harris, double bassist, and sophomore at the Eastman School of Music

It's graduation season... so are the local graduates getting local jobs? It's the first in our series of conversations with freshly minted college graduates about their experiences navigating the job market. This week, we focus on the teaching profession. In studio:

  • James Flagler, 2017 graduate of St. John Fisher College, and substitute teacher at School 45
  • Danielle Maxwell, 2017 graduate of the College at Brockport, and soon-to-be teacher at Bicentennial North in Glendale, Arizona

Monroe Community College

First hour: College Grad Series, part 1 - The teaching profession

Second hour: The Gateways Music Festival and the importance of diversity in classical music

One of the forefathers of veganism does not like the term "vegan." T. Colin Campbell is the author of the seminal China Study, and over the decades, he's become a leading voice, challenging "nutritionism." Campbell has written a new manuscript that offers a new way to define nutrition.

Campbell is back in Rochester for a sold out event titled Nutritionism vs. Wholism: The Case for a New Medical Paradigm. We get a preview. Our guests:

  • T. Colin Campbell, professor emeritus of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University and co-author of The China Study
  • Ted Barnett, head of the Rochester Area Vegan Society

Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery, and it exists in Western New York. Earlier this month, WROC-TV's Adam Chodak told the story of two women who were stolen away and trafficked by the same man, Kenneth White. White is serving a 13-year prison sentence while his survivors are telling their stories.

We talk to one of them, who hopes that by sharing her story, she can save lives. In studio:

  • Caitlin, human trafficking survivor
  • Adam Chodak, WROC-TV anchor and managing editor

First hour: Human trafficking survivor speaks out

Second hour: T. Colin Campbell on veganism, nutritionism, and wholism