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
3:09 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Connections: Gubernatorial Debate Recap

We recap Wednesday night's gubernatorial debate in Buffalo. What news was made from the debate? The governor says a fracking study will now be completed by the end of the year. What else happened? Does it change anything? We'll have highlights and reaction from reporters who were there.

Connections
3:06 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Connections: Abortion - The Pro-Choice Side

A few weeks ago, we talked with Lila Rose of Live Action, an influential voice in the pro-choice movement. Today we have a conversation with those on the pro-choice side. We start with Sarah Weddington, the lawyer who won a case you might know called Roe v. Wade. She's coming to Rochester next week. Then we talk with Planned Parenthood's Dr. Rachael Phelps

Connections
2:21 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Connections: State Senator Ted O'Brien

State Senator Ted O'Brien is our guest for this hour.

Note: We've repeatedly invited O'Brien's opponent, Rich Funke, onto the program, and so far, Funke has not accepted our invitations.

Connections
2:18 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Connections: Why Kids Struggle at School

Blame the parents? We’re looking at why kids struggle in school – or why kids don’t graduate. And we’re looking at how parents can get more involved. We’ll even look at ways people can help improve urban districts, whether they have kids in the district or not. Our guests to discuss this issue:

Connections
4:01 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Connections: The Founding of the University of Rochester

How did George Eastman decide to give so much money to the University of Rochester? How did the U of R make a difference in the outcome of World War II? These are just a couple of the stories I've enjoyed in the new book "Our Work is But Begun". Freelance journalist Janice Pieterse tells the story of the founding of the U of R and is with us to talk aobut the book, along with U of R Vice President Paul Burgett, and Rochester Collections Librarian Melissa Mead.
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Connections
3:54 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Connections: Police Body Cameras

We discuss police body cameras. Who's using them? Which departments are considering it? How are they operated, and what is the purpose? We discuss this with Gates Police Chief Jim VanBrederode and Rochester City Councilman Matt Haag.
Connections
4:21 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Connections: Five To Revive

The Landmark Society has released their 2014 “Five to Revive” western New York properties. Their goal is to rehab or rebuild properties with historic values. They’ll explain what they chose to focus on, and why. Joining us from the Landmark Society are Caitlin Meives, Larry Francer, Wayne Goodman, and Mary Nicosia.

Connections
4:16 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Connections: Tobacco Settlement Funds; Finger Lakes Restaurant Week

We start this hour by talking to Cal State finance professor Jim Estes about how the big tobacco settlement money has become a potential disaster for states like NY. Estes wrote a piece in the New York Times explaining how the states have mismanaged the money in two ways:

1)      Less than 2% is being spent on smoking prevention, and

2)      Many states have taken advance payments, opening a big potential hole decades from now.

Then we’ll preview Finger Lakes Restaurant Week, which is aimed at convincing the Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse markets to try new places. Joining us will be Christina Roberts of Finger Lakes Wine Country and Orlando Rodriguez, Executive Chef of Veraisons Restaurant.

Connections
4:49 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Connections: Howie Hawkins

In studio this hour is Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins.

Connections
4:45 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Connections: Redistricting

On Election Day, voters will get a look at redistricting. So what, exactly, are we voting on? We’ll break it down with our guests:

  • Katherine Smith, vice president of the League of Women Voters
  • Stu Berger, former president of Citizens for a Better NY
  • Neil Jaschik, former president of the Interfaith Alliance of Rochester
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