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

A discussion about the NY DREAM Act that the State Senate defeated earlier this week. In studio to discuss are Dr. John Ghertner, Carly Fox and Amairani Pena.

Photographer Trent Bell has created a stunning project called Reflect. It began when a friend of his was convicted of a violent crime and went to prison. Trent decided to shoot portrait photographs of longtime inmates who had committed violent crimes. He asked them to write letters to their younger selves, then he superimposed the portrait picture on top of the letters. Trent joins us to share their stories, their letters, and their lessons. We’ll also talk to Dale Davis, the Executive Director of the NY State Literary Center, who has created projects locally with young people who are incarcerated.

  The Rochester Community Coalition recently presented their priority list to the governor and state lawmakers, and today they unveiled it to us. There are five items on the list, from child care funding to manufacturing. Joining us to explain their goals: Sandy Parker of RBA; Larry Marx of the Children's Agenda; and Ken Warner of UNICON.

We examined a new report from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that calls for a reduction in the rate of C-section births. One method they recommend is bringing more doulas into delivery rooms. What’s a doula?

We heard from Kim Guck, a local doula, along with a client of hers. And we heard from Dr. Marcy Mulconry, an OB-GYN at Highland Hospital, along with Helene Thompson-Scott, a midwife with the University Midwifery Group. 

Scientists have discovered evidence of the origin of our universe. The announcement this week has shaken the scientific world, and we asked two astrophysicists to join us and explain: Adam Frank of the University of Rochester, and Brian Koberlein of RIT.

Then we shifted the topic to Ukraine. We spoke to Elena Dilai, a professor at MCC who was born in western Ukraine.  

Longtime Boston mayor Thomas Menino is coming to Rochester on Wednesday, 3/19/14  to share his ideas about how to revitalize city neighborhoods. We talked to Menino about Boston’s lessons for Rochester. Then we welcomed Joni Monroe and Roger Brown of the Community Design Center and the Reshaping Rochester series.  

The CDC has a new report out that says doctors are over-prescribing antibiotics. This is leading to unnecessary infections, along with a growing list of microbes that are resistant to antibiotic treatment. So what should doctors and patients do? We sat down with Dr. Ghinwa Dumyati and Dr. Paul Braman, infectious disease specialists from the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Dumyati helped write the CDC report.  

The sexualization of young girls: how to stop it? Feminists for Nonviolent Choices is sponsoring a series of events in Rochester this month, centered around that theme. Today we talked to international activist and author Melinda Tankard Reist, who has written extensively on the objectification of girls. We also heard from Mary Rose Somarriba, the culture editor of the new Verily Magazine for women.   

We examined the proliferation of CSAs – community supported agriculture. We learned about pricing, membership deadlines, weekly shares, and more from a diverse panel: Emma Brinkman and Ben Eskind of Pachamama Farm; Melissa Carlson of Peacework Organic CSA; and Chris Hartman of the Good Food Collective.  

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.   

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