Ongoing Coverage:

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
2:52 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Connections: The Local Knowledge Industry

This hour we take a look at the growth of the local knowledge industry. We have the founders of the Rochester Brainery, Stephanie Rankin and Danielle Raymo to discuss what you can learn, and we talk with the following instructors who teach at the Rochester Brainery:

  • Tony Esteves
  • Megan Mack, 
  • Rachel Gootnick
Connections
2:42 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Connections: Eating Local When it Snows

Eating locally sourced food is fine when the weather is warmer, but what happens when the weather turns colder...and it snows? The options are growing and we have a panel that can shine a light on our options:

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Connections
2:40 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Connections: Homeless Plight in Western New York

A look at the homeless plight in western New York. It's the first of two interviews on this subject, and there are strongly divergent viewpoints. In December, we'll talk to the people behind Open Door Mission. Their concern is that some homeless people are being enabled without improving their troubles, such as alcoholism. Today's guests counter that these people are in crisis, especially now that the Civic Center garage is not an overnight option. With us to discuss this:

  • Arend Kingsland, member of the homeless community
  • Sister Grace Miller, House of Mercy
  • Harry Murray, sociology professor at Nazareth College
  • Cheri Honkala, social activist

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Connections
2:33 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Connections: George H. W. Bush's New Biography Written By Curt Smith

Curt Smith, the author, lecturer, and former presidential speechwriter, is our guest this hour to talk about his new biography on President George H. W. Bush. Smith was a speechwriter for the 41st President of the United States. 

Connections
3:08 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Connections: Should Monroe County Be A Single School District?

We preview a community forum taking place Wednesday night titled, "Would a metropolitan school district be good for Monroe County?" Writers and Books is sponsoring a series of discussions focused on public education and we preview it with our panel:

  • Mark Hare, Great Schools For All Coalition
  • Joe Flaherty, executive director of Writers and Books
  • Dan Drmacich chairman of The Coalition for Justice and Education
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Connections
2:50 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Connections: The Monroe County Budget

Monroe County lawmakers have until December 9, essentially, to register their complaints or new ideas with the county budget proposed by County Executive Maggie Brooks. Democrat & Chronicle columnist Dave Andreatta pointed out on Sunday that oddly, the GOP almost never changes a thing, and the Democrats are powerless. We've invited the Brooks administration to join us, but they declined, so that leaves us with our panel of Dave Andreatta and County Legislature Minority Leader Carrie Andrews. 

Connections
4:52 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Connections: Reshaping Rochester Awards

The filling of the Inner Loop is underway. It’s been touted as a project that can transform downtown Rochester, most notably the East End that has been split by the below-grade highway. What is a project that could transform the community you live in? There are many projects in communities in and around Rochester that can be considered “transformative” and the Rochester Regional Community Design Center (RRCDC) will honor those during the Reshaping Rochester Awards taking place on December 2. We will talk about the projects and finalists with RRCDC Executive Director Joni Monroe and Creative Consultant Roger Brown.

Connections
4:16 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Connections: Education Friday - What About the Rural Districts?

So much discussion of school funding focuses on urban districts. But now, a number of rural western New York districts are raising a collective voice, warning of “big inequities” and “dire consequences.” They’ve pulled in the business community, too. We have two rural superintendents to talk about this: 

  • Matt Cole, superintendent of Livonia Schools
  • Ken Ellison, superintendent of Pavillion Schools
Connections
4:09 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Connections: Education Friday - Ellwanger Barry Nursery School

So you’re not inclined to home school, but you worry that schools are pushing kids too early toward “academic rigor?” There’s a school that tries to split the difference and honor the older model of early childhood education, it's called the Ellwanger Barry Nursery School. We talk with Tom Moore, a teacher at the school, along with a parent, Hannah Murphy, and a student, Francesca Batek. 

Connections
3:47 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Connections: TedxRochester is This Weekend

TedxRochester is coming this weekend. We'll meet many of the participants as we preview the subjects they'll cover.

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