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

First hour: D&C reporters explain how they cracked the story of Bill Nojay's scandal

Second hour: Ending the R-word

Bob Duffy recently called the state to make permanent its economic development council framework. "It works," Duffy wrote in the D&C. He says states have to adopt some business principles, like fostering competition, to be successful.

So we sit down with leaders of the Rochester Finger Lakes Council to discuss jobs, growth, and why they believe it's worth the investment. They respond to critics, and we get an update on what to expect from photonics. Our guests from the council:

Students in the wealthiest school districts in New York State enjoy the highest per-pupil funding -- sometimes as high as $70,000 per pupil. Poorer districts can operate with roughly $15,000 per pupil. This disparity is part of the debate over school aid funding.

New York spends 87% more than the national average on education, but it's wildly imbalanced. Governor Cuomo's team defends the formula but agrees that it should be updated; critics across the state want changes. We discuss it with a panel of educational leaders:

  • Kimberle Ward, superintendent of Gates Chili Central School District
  • Mark Linton, superintendent of East Rochester Union Free Central School District
  • Dave Green, assistant superintendent for finance and operations at East Rochester Union Free Central School District

First hour: Examining the state's school funding plan

Second hour: Danny Wegman, Anne Kress, and Vincent Esposito from the Regional Economic Development Council

It's a small business success story -- an African-American-owned restaurant that has become a quiet magnet in the city of Rochester. The Arnett Cafe relies on word of mouth, and four years after opening, there are plenty of words being passed around town about it.

We sit down with co-owner Norman Brown, who grew up nearby in the 19th Ward. But Brown moved away after school, following a business path, and never expected to come home to Rochester. We explore why he did, and how he views the changes in both his city and his old neighborhood.

First hour: A Rochester small business success story

Second hour: Special national programming

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:

  • Rochester's status as a sanctuary city, and perceptions of immigrants;
  • The Dakota Access Pipeline, and Native American rights; 
  • Black Lives Matter Day in the Rochester City School District;
  • How senior Republicans are addressing climate change by proposing a carbon fee and dividend.

Heart disease affects 27.6  million American adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We talk about common conditions, treatment, heart-healthy diets, and more. Our guests:

  • Dr. John Bisognano, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine, and director of outpatient services in the Division of Cardiology, and director of the Comprehensive Hypertension Center at the University of Rochester
  • Dr. Rebecca Shallek, M.D., cardiologist in the Department of Cardiology at Highland Hospital, and senior instructor of clinical medicine in cardiology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

In this month's episode of Unleashed, we hear from a dog owner who is working to turn her heartbreak into action. Denise Krohn's two dogs were killed during a home invasion, and now, she's fighting for legislation that would make it a crime to hurt a pet during the commission of another crime. Read the petition here.

We also talk to a Wayne County woman whose dog, Derby, took to the national stage, competing in the Masters Obedience Championship at the Westminster Kennel Club Show. We talk to Leanne Capozzi about the experience of a lifetime.

And, Dr. Edward Gschrey from South Towne Veterinary Hospital will be in studio to answer your questions about pet health and behavior. Our guests:

First hour: Unleashed - The Pet Show

Second hour: Second Opinion LIVE discusses heart health