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

The New York Times says Upstate New York is "unusually rich" in community orchestras. We're not talking about the RPO here; we're talking about Penfield and Finger Lakes and Brockport and Greece and more. How do they all co-exist? How do their missions differ?

We have some fun, listen to some music, and explore the often underappreciated scene. Our guests:

Was Seinfeld better than Breaking Bad? Was Cheers better than The Simpsons? And is binge watching going to permanently alter the quality and impact of great shows? A new book from two of the top critics in the country runs down the greatest shows, and why. It's called TV (The Book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time. One of the co-authors, Matt Zoller Seitz, won the Pultizer Prize for Criticism. He's coming to Western New York this week, but he joins us first:

  • Matt Zoller Seitz, television critic and author
  • Eric Grode, regular contributor to the New York Times culture section and director of the Goldring Arts Journalism Program at Syracuse University

First hour: Debating the greatest TV shows of all time, and the medium's future

Second hour: Exploring the often underappreciated local orchestra scene

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:

In this month's episode of Second Opinion LIVE, we talk about good bugs versus bad bugs. Although bacteria in your body are microscopic, they can cause big problems or contribute to good health.

Our guest is Dr. Shahzad Mustafa, who is a part of the allergy and clinical immunology team at Rochester Regional Health System and also is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry.

In this month’s episode of Unleashed, we talk about one of the most controversial topics in the feline world: declawing. There is a bill in the New York State Senate that, if passed, would prohibit declawing cats and other animals. We discuss what declawing is, the effects it has on cats, and we hear from veterinarians and cat owners on both sides of the debate.

Plus, you’ve probably heard about dogs who are trained to detect explosives or illegal drugs, but did you know there are dogs who can sniff out pollution? We go on the job with two dogs working to keep contamination and human bacteria out of the Great Lakes.

And Dr. Michelle Brownstein of Henrietta Animal Hospital is in studio to answer your questions about pet health and behavior.

First hour: Unleashed: The Pet Show

Second hour: Second Opinion LIVE! 

With the historically high negative ratings for both major party candidates for president, 2016 seemed like the ideal year for a third party breakthrough. Instead, it's been largely a struggle for the Green and Libertarian parties. Is that because Jill Stein and Gary Johnson are poor candidates, or has the system protected the two major parties against all outsiders?

Steven Nemerovski has written extensively about third parties, in fiction and reality. We discuss the future of American third parties with:

Congressional candidate Mark Assini joins us in studio.

The Gates town supervisor is the Republican challenging longtime incumbent Louise Slaughter. We have yet to be able to confirm a date with Rep. Slaughter.

With Assini, we talk about upstate jobs, health care, and the issues impacting the Rochester region.


First hour: GOP Congressional candidate Mark Assini

Second hour: Will a third party break through?