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

A recent piece in the Atlantic Monthly explores the efforts parents of color are making to shield their children from negative stereotypes. It highlights how many parents curate books, entertainment, and toys -- either eliminating or adding certain types of media -- with the goal of empowering their children and exposing them to positive images of characters that look like them. Parents say it's a challenge, and the results are mixed.

We hear from local parents who share their experiences and what they hope will change. Our guests: 

  • Leslie C. Youngblood, author of Love Like Sky, and aunt
  • Pastor Darryl E. Carter, senior pastor at JHKM Inc., and parent
  • Rodney Fields, parent
  • Shaun Nelms, associate professor at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester, superintendent of East High School, and parent

WXXI News is partnering with ideastream in Cleveland and Oregon Public Broadcasting to bring you special coverage of the opioid epidemic in America. 

Evan Dawson hosts a panel that will discuss pain management, prescription policy, and disparities in care related to the opioid crisis. The conversation begins at 2 p.m. on WXXI AM 1370, WEOS 89.5 FM, and wxxinews.org. You can join the conversation by calling in at 1-844-295-TALK (8255). 

Christopher Futcher

First hour: How parents of color are shielding their children from negative stereotypes in the media

Second hour: Special re-broadcast: Poet Sara Holbrook, who couldn't answer standardized test questions about her own poems

Can games be effective tools for learning and education? Think of board games like Monopoly, card games that teach math or vocabulary, and video games, which are popping up in classrooms across the country.

Our guests share their insight on educational games, examples of what works (or doesn't), and if more games should be incorporated into classrooms. In studio:

Puerto Rico's Department of Education announced last week that it will close nearly 300 schools due to a decline in enrollment. The news comes as more families leave the island, seeking better lives. Rebuilding efforts continue in Puerto Rico, and local students have helped with the cleanup. 

We discuss what they've learned after working with communities on the island, how the media has covered Puerto Rico, and we get an update on Puerto Rican families who have moved to Rochester. Our guests:

  • Brianna Pollard, SUNY Geneseo Class of 2018
  • Michael Wall, SUNY Geneseo Class of 2018
  • Betsy Colon, grants management associate at SUNY Geneseo
  • Hilda Rosario Escher, president of the Ibero American Action League

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First hour: Updates from Puerto Rico

Second hour: Can games be effective tools for learning and education?

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:

  • The new film, Chappaquiddick;
  • Incivility in American politics;
  • The legacy of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington, with Kenneth Morris.

A new report by the Women's Media Center documents the systemic racism and gender bias in the U.S. News Media. The report, "The Status of Women of Color in the U.S. News Media 2018," shows that women of color are severely underrepresented in all news media.

We discuss the report, and the challenges the female journalists of color face in the industry. Our guests:

Brinton Lykes is a psychologist who has spent her career living and working with people in Central America who have survived war and genocidal violence. In her work, she uses the creative arts and local cultural traditions to understand and document the effects of trauma on communities.

Lykes is in Rochester as guest of the Rochester Committee on Latin America to receive the International White Dove Award. She joins us in studio to discuss her work, and the United States' role in Latin American affairs.


First hour: Understanding human rights and international justice with psychologist Brinton Lykes

Second hour: Challenges faced by women of color in journalism