WXXI AM News

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

Jeff Tyzik celebrates 20 years as Principal Pops Conductor with the RPO. His work now takes him across the country, and Evan talked to him about finding balance. We also heard about how he continues to bring a fresh edge to musical performance.   

Crestwood Energy wants to use a large salt cavern to store liquid propane gas, and the company promises to create 8-10 jobs in doing so. But Finger Lakes winemakers compare this plan to building a factory in Yellowstone National Park; they say it just doesn't fit with the successful tourism industry that has grown there. The discussion includes a representative of the company; a Syracuse geology professor who supports the project;  Finger Lakes winemakers who oppose it; and Savor Life radio host Michael Warren Thomas, who has helped organize opposition to the project.  

Big changes are coming to the SAT, and we talked to a panel about the impact on students. We talked to Kevin McDonald, a counselor at Irondequoit High School. And in admissions, we talked to John Young, Director of Admissions at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Ian Mortimer of Nazareth College. 

We welcomed Jay Palmer, the man who blew the whistle on immigration fraud at Infosys. Palmer was called a liar and lost his career, but was vindicated this past fall when Infosys paid a record settlement of $34 million. He talked about the challenges whistleblowers face.  

David Fetler has been conducting the Rochester Chamber Orchestra for 50 years and shows no signs of stopping. No conductor in the world has been doing it longer. As the RCO turns 50, we talked to David, along with Ray Grosswirth and Tom Paul, about the past and the future.

Then we heard from Erica Fee,  the producer of the Rochester Fringe Festival, which is now accepting applications from artists.   

NPR’s From the Top is coming to Rochester on Wednesday, May 19th. We talked to NPR’s host Christopher O’Riley, and we welcomed a group of young performers who will be on stage at the Eastman Theater’s Kodak Hall that night. 

If all of Rochester read the same book, it would be… The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey. Writers & Books selected Ivey’s highly acclaimed novel for their annual event, and Ivey joined Connections from Alaska to preview her visit later this month. 

It’s been a busy week in state politics, and we were joined by our capital correspondent Karen DeWitt to recap the news. We also heard about the worst winter damage in a decade in the Finger Lakes wine industry. 

It’s been five years since the federal government intervened to try to save the American auto industry. Has it worked? Just a couple of months ago, the federal government sold the final remaining shares of GM, ending its involvement. We looked at the numbers and the impact with UAW’s Dan Maloney.   

Carrie Andrews joined us in studio to talk about how Democrats view the ongoing investigation of LDCs. Andrews has called for a legislature-led investigation, to no avail. She talked about Democrats' proposals to protect taxpayers, and we looked at other county business.   

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