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

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.   

The Seneca Indians have purchased land in Henrietta with the possibility they may one day try to locate a casino there. This hour of connections looks at that idea with the CEO of the Seneca Gaming Corporation,  former Rochester Mayor Bill Johnson, and ROC-TV's Rachel Barnhart, who has reported extensively on the subject. 

The panel provides a view of  what's happening in Crimea with some local residents who have ties to Ukraine and Russia. We moved beyond the bellicosity and try to explore who's in Crimea, and why.   

In the first half the show we examine Multiple Sclerosis, a disease that is diagnosed 200 times every week in this country. Dee Mascari from the upstate New York chapter of the National MS Society joined us in studio.

In the second half of the show, we review the story of AIDS in America which is, strangely, sometimes forgotten in 2014. It was a huge story 30 years ago, but complacency has taken AIDS largely off our radar. The JCC CenterStage is getting ready to perform the Tony-Award-winning play The Normal Heart this month, and director Ralph Meranto explains why we can't forget about the AIDS epidemic.


Every month we welcome a new panel of local researchers, doctors, and scientists to discuss a range of science-related issues. This month we welcome Dr. Wendi Heinzelman, Dr. Jody Manley, and Dr. Bob Beckman to discuss various topics including What's really in the water in West Virginia? and How could we donate part of our cell phones to science research?

More than 27,000 people around the world have signed up for the free online Beatles music class conducted by the University of Rochester’s Professor John Covach.

The class starts on February 9, which is the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. The University of Rochester is hosting a number of free events surrounding the anniversary, culminating in the launch of the class.

Monday on Connections, we discussed the suicide of inventor Dr. Essay Anne Vanderbilt and the ramifications for the transgender community.

ESPN’s Grantland.com ran a story about Dr. V earlier this month; she committed suicide after the ESPN writer uncovered her transgender status and said he would write about it.


Connections starts at Noon on AM 1370 and streamed online by clicking the "Listen Live" button at the top of the page. Be part of the show by calling 585-263-WXXI (9994), or sending a message via FacebookTwitter, or email.

Connections starts at Noon on AM 1370 and streamed online by clicking the "Listen Live" button at the top of the page. Be part of the show by calling 585-263-WXXI (9994), or sending a message via FacebookTwitter, or email.

12 Noon: We'll discuss minimum wage: where is it headed? New York recently raised the minimum wage to $8/hr; federal Democrats want $10.10/hr with the wage linked to inflation.

We will have two guests in studio: State Senator Ted O’Brien, who favors an even more aggressive schedule in raising the minimum wage, and Kent Gardner, Chief Economist with the Center for Governmental Research, who will provide evidence that there are negative consequences linked to Senator O’Brien’s proposals. Gardner will also offer  alternative ways to impact workers near the poverty level.

1 p.m.: Dialogue on Disability week kicks off with a look at new hiring rules that are coming in 2015. What do employers need to know? How should businesses go about interviewing job candidates who are blind, deaf, or have other limitations? How can job applicants with such limitations overcome the stigmas that abound?

We will have two guests in studio: Marie MacGregor, director of human resources for Rochester Rehabilitation, and Sara Taylor, director of employment services at Rochester Rehabilitation.