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

NPR

First hour: Flint, Rochester, and the lead problem

Second hour: Helping the homeless transition to permanent housing

We examine the debate over Uber and Lyft, and whether it's time for the state to allow them to operate across New York.

For now, these transportation providers can only operate in New York City, but advocates say lawmakers should open it up. Opponents say that Uber and Lyft could sink the taxi cab industry, which tends to pay drivers better wages. We hear from all sides. Our guests:

Donald Trump has won a state. Will he win New York in April? Will he march to the nomination? Were the naysayers wrong?

Our panel looks at where the GOP goes next. Our guests:

NPR

First hour: What's next for the GOP?

Second hour: The debate over Uber and Lyft

NPR

First hour: Assessing the GOP field after Trump's NH win

Second hour: Uber, Lyft, and the debate about transportation companies

Will restaurants do away with tipping? That's already the case in much of Europe, and now some American restaurants are doing the same. Danny Meyer, famous restauranteur, recently said that tipping is a socialist practice, because the tips are pooled and the best servers don't get extra. He prefers higher prices on the menu, with no gratuity at all.

Is that better for servers, for diners, for everyone? Or is there still value in rewarding great service with bigger tips? Our panel looks at the future of tipping and dining out. Our guests:

  • Janine Wasley, owner, Avvino
  • Amanda Antinore, food writer, Democrat & Chronicle
  • Chris Grocki, director of operations, Char Steak and Lounge
  • Mark Potter, longtime local server

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has been offering some tough words for women who are supporting Bernie Sanders: she says there's "a special place in hell" for women who don't support other women. 

At Clinton rallies, that line sparks laughter and applause, but Albright insists she's serious. She says women should not be complacent, and feminists should support a woman's bid for the presidency. Is that fair? What do women who support Sanders think? What are their thoughts about Gloria Steinem's comments that suggest young women support Bernie Sanders just to meet men? Our panel debates these issues and more. Our guests:

  • Barbara LeSavoy, director and assistant professor of women and gender studies, SUNY Brockport
  • Zari Kamarei, supports Hillary Clinton
  • Mary Lupien, supports Bernie Sanders

NPR

First hour: Should feminists support Clinton based on her gender?

Second hour: Tipping in restaurants could be on the way out

Why are migraines so hard to prevent, and so difficult to treat for some sufferers?

Rochester Clinical Research is trying to change that. Neurologist and headache specialist Dr. Joseph Mann will make a public presentation on February 16 about the newest research about what works and what might be available next. 

Dr. Mann joins us in studio to talk about headache, migraine, and treatment.

We've talked to a number of students who hate the FAFSA forms: confusing; unnecessarily long, with questions that seem irrelevant. Now, imagine a student in poverty being confronted with such forms. We know that many students who are eligible for financial aid never even apply. But is higher education still a good value? What is the ROI we can expect?

The annual event known as FAFSA Fest is underway, and our panel explains what help is out there. Our guests:

  • Pat Braus, executive director, Rochester Education Foundation
  • Gabe Iturbides, assistant director, Access Opportunity Programs at SUNY Geneseo; and member, Rochester College Access Network
  • Cortez Jones, RCSD graduate and now branch manager, Culver-Ridge branch for ESL Federal Credit Union
  • Kim McKinsey-Mabry, interim dean of academic services and affirmative action coordinator, MCC; and Rochester Education Foundation Board member

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