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
5:11 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Connections: Experiencing How the Poor Live

We push ahead to tonight’s Need to Know (8 p.m. tonight and 11:30 a.m. Sunday on WXXI-TV), and focus on the recent poverty simulation event. It’s a good concept: give people the actual experience of being poor and realize the challenges they face: difficulty getting help, services closed off, doors that seem to be closed. Our panel weighs in:

  • Bill Moehle, Brighton town supervisor
  • Sherry Walker-Cowart, ​president and CEO of the Center for Dispute Settlement 
  • Saul Maneiro, program officer at Rochester Area Community Foundation
  • Hanif Abdul-Wahid,  community liaison for neighborhood initiatives, Monroe County Department of Planning & Development

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Connections
5:02 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Connections: Senator Rich Funke; Soledad O'Brien

We start the show talking with State Senator Rich Funke (R), who represents the 55th State Senate District. Then, we air a pre-recorded interview with Soledad O'Brien who was speaking at RIT today.

Connections
4:49 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Connections: The Significance of Pope Francis

We examine the significance of Pope Francis to the Catholic Church. His public statements appear to be significantly further left on social issues than his predecessor. But is that reflected in actual doctrine? Are there real changes afoot, or is this simply a Pope with a defter public touch? With us are: Fr. George Heyman, president of St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry in PittsfordFr. Edward Salmon, McQuaid Jesuit High School
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Connections
4:46 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Connections: Protecting Whistleblowers

New rules are designed to protect whistleblowers. But are they working? Bill Lloyd's story suggests they are. The NY Times reported in August that Lloyd is one of the first whistleblowers under new Dodd-Frank provisions to be protected and paid for his reporting (he made $400,000). He outed a scheme by MassMutual that included lying to customers about future payouts. He's joined us to tell his story.
Connections
2:28 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Connections: Drones!

Drones! One nearly crashed a White House party. There are questions about drone law as drones become an important asset for more companies. What limits should we see? What's next? We discuss this with our guests:

  • Agamemnon Crassidis, RIT associate professor
  • Brian Pitre, who teaches a new course at MCC designed to train pilots of small unmanned aerial vehicles
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Connections
2:21 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Connections: New Theory on Autism

A new theory on autism suggests that the fundamental problem in autism-spectrum disorders is not a social deficiency - or a lack of empathy or reliability - but instead a super-sensitivity to experience, which is coupled with an overwhelming fear response. In other words: they feel too much, and it's terribly difficult to process the feelings. What might this mean for people with autism in our community? Our panel weighs in:

  • Ann Cole, advisor for AutismUp and has two children on the spectrum
  • Pat Muir,  head of Family Advocates United and  has a son on the spectrum
  • Drew Richardson, self advocate and an administrative assistant at AutismUp
  • Julian Roux, self advocate and a senior at Geneseo
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Connections
3:55 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Connections: Susan B. Anthony Birthday Luncheon With Lynn Sherr

The annual Susan B. Anthony birthday luncheon is coming up, and their guest speaker, Lynn Sherr, joins us. Sherr is a journalist and author, both of a book about Sally Ride, and a biography about Susan B. Anthony. We are also joined by Deborah Hughes, president and CEO of the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House.

Connections
3:51 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Connections: Why Do Some Parents Skip Vaccinations?

We're following the news of the Measles outbreak at Disneyland. The number of cases has grown to 81. Doctors are concerned about parents who are choosing not to vaccinate their children in particular. Our panel will address vaccination, this case, and whether we're more likely to see similar stories as a result of the anti-vaccine movement. Our panel includes:

  • Dr. Michael Pichichero, Director of Rochester General Hospital's Research Institute
  • Dr. Geoffrey Weinberg, pediatric infectious disease specialist at UR Medicine's Golisano Children's Hospital
  • Dr. Paul Graman, Clinical director of the infectious diseases division at UR Medicine's Strong Memorial Hospital
Connections
4:54 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Connections: Innovation Friday - Access to Broadband, Older Entrepreneurs

Both Governor Andrew Cuomo and President Barack Obama talked about connectivity and access to broadband in their addresses this week. We’ll talk with Doug Brake who gets paid to think about this stuff for the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation.

Then, we’ll catch up with Kara Miller from our sister program Innovation Hub who’s been looking into the latest innovations in seafood production and also, about the value of OLDER entrepreneurs.

Finally, Michelle Faust will join us briefly to preview the local screening/forum on poverty that she’s hosting at the Little Theatre on Monday

Connections
4:43 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Connections: Innovation Friday - Reviewing the State Budget and State of the State

The think tank Truth in Accounting calculates that New York state has quite a bit of 'hidden debt' (roughly $78 billion) which puts an interesting spin on the notion of budgetary windfalls the Governor is looking to spend. Sheila A. Weinberg is founder & CEO, she will talk us through how to make sense of those big numbers thrown around in Albany (no not Sheldon Silver’s, the ones in the state budget delivered on Wednesday).

Then we’ll talk with the dynamic Tom Stewart, executive director of the National Center for the Middle Market. These types of companies occupy an important space in the national economy. They're not small businesses, but not mega corporations either. We’ll ask Tom about venture fund investment and the role of Middle Market companies which were featured in both the State of the State and State of the Union this week.

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