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: Previewing Black Lives Matter Day at the Rochester City School District

Second hour: Public school leaders react to the confirmation of Betsy DeVos

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 documentary, I Am Not Your Negro;
  • If altruism is truly possible;
  • How advancements in trauma care are saving more gunshot victims; 
  • Near-Earth Objects, and trusting experts in the sciences.

Once again, the fate of 200 white deer near Seneca Lake is up in the air. The deer live on a fenced property of roughly 7,000 acres, which spent years as a controversial munitions storehouse for the military. Last year, a local businessman submitted the winning bid to develop the property while protecting the deer. But now there are complaints about the process and the future of the site.

We explore what's going on, and what will happen to these rare animals, with Dennis Money of Seneca White Deer, Inc.

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has unveiled their 2017/2018 season.

We sit down with Ward Stare and Jeff Tyzik to listen to some music and discuss how they put together the lineup. It's designed to appeal to all audiences and all ages, a crucial factor for the survival and growth of orchestras. 

Seneca White Deer Inc.

First hour: Previewing the RPO's new season

Second hour: The future of the Seneca white deer

First hour: The fate of the Seneca white deer

Second hour: Sizing up the next RPO season

We talk about urban rebirth in upstate cities. Arian Horbovetz is a photographer and writer who has been traveling across the state to highlight the positive aspects of cities that may get a bad rap. He writes about his visits in his blog, The Urban Phoenix.

We talk to Horbovetz about what he learned from his travels to Utica, Troy, Rome, Binghamton, and more.

Early Monday morning, in the pre-dawn hours, a fiery meteor was seen streaking across the sky in the Midwest. No one was hurt and it was largely harmless, but it was so large that it could be seen as far away as Nebraska and New York. The sighting left many people asking where it came from.

NASA researchers study meteors and other Near-Earth Objects, as well as the possibility of these objects hitting the Earth and causing larger scale disasters. However, funding for this research may be in question under the Trump administration. We discuss all of this with our guests:


First hour: Near-Earth Objects and the future of NASA under the Trump administration

Second hour: Urban rebirth in upstate cities

Is it time to move back school start times? Science and research makes a pretty good argument that the answer is yes; kids have a harder time focusing in the early hours, and need more sleep. The problem is that districts are under a lot of pressure to provide a wide range of after-school programs, and starting later could complicate that. But several local districts are taking a hard look at later start times.

We discuss what's ideal, and how to achieve it. Our guests:         

  • Dr. Heidi Connolly, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Golisano Children’s Hospital
  • Dr. Kevin McGowan, superintendent of the Brighton Central School District
  • Miranda Cologgi, parent
  • Erin Schneider, assistant principal at Hilton High School, and parent