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

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 property tax assessment system, with Paychex founder Tom Golisano;
  • Racial injustice in America, and what we can learn from history;
  • How science can inspire good and evil, with novelist Michael Chabon; 
  • The craft beer scene in Western New York.

Here's a strange question: Is empathy a good thing? Paul Bloom is a psychology professor at Yale and he wrote a book called Against Empathy. He says we're getting it wrong when it comes to empathy, and it's not a moral force. He explains why in the book, but leading practitioners in nonviolent communication disagree. They say empathy is vital and we need more of it.

One of those leaders is Miki Kashtan. She's be in Rochester this weekend for a workshop on bridge building, but first, she joins us on Connections to discuss empathy, nonviolent communication, and more. In studio:

It has been a long campaign season, and on November 7, voters in Rochester will head to the polls to choose their next mayor. The odds are incumbent Lovely Warren will be elected to another term; she easily won the Democratic primary. But, the race isn't over yet and we invited all of the candidates to join us for a debate on Connections.

This hour, we hear from three of the candidates; Mayor Warren's representative told us she's didn't have room in her schedule for this debate. We  talk to Republican Tony Micciche, independent candidate Lori Thomas, and Green Party candidate Alex White about why they want to be mayor, and their thoughts on issues affecting our city.

First hour: Mayoral candidate debate

Second hour: What is nonviolent communication?

Rochesterians of Puerto Rican descent are organizing new ways to help those suffering on the island.

There are wildly conflicting reports from Puerto Rico – with Fox News reporting 54 dead after recent hurricanes, with other sources indicate it could be nearly a thousand. But here’s what’s not in dispute: power is still out in most places, and the situation is dire.

Paychex founder and local philanthropist Tom Golisano is calling for changes to the property tax assessment system. This comes after he challenged the assessment of one of his properties on Canandaigua Lake last month. He’s hoping to organize a more formal effort to change the system to help other property owners. Golisano joins us in studio to discuss his concerns.

Six weeks after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, 70 percent of the island is still without power. When Governor Andrew Cuomo visited last week, he was critical of the federal response to the crisis, calling the situation deplorable and “wholly, wholly unacceptable.” Cuomo isn’t the only leader reacting this way. United Nations experts called the United States’ response to the storm ineffective and lagging far behind the support provided for states affected by hurricanes on the mainland.

In Rochester, community members are uniting to help with recovery efforts, both for people on the island and those moving from Puerto Rico to Rochester. We talk about current conditions on the island, the response in New York, and we tell you how you can help assist hurricane victims. Our guests:

First hour: How Rochester is assisting with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico

Second hour: Philanthropist Tom Golisano on the property tax assessment system

The closure of a local brewery sparked questions about whether the Rochester/ Finger Lakes region is facing a “craft beer bubble.” Will Cleveland of the Democrat & Chronicle explores that issue in his newest piece.

We talk about why Rochester is likely to see growth slow down, but why the fears of a bubble are overblown. Our guests:

The Trump administration has brought in six companies to build prototypes for a border wall on the US / Mexico border. The prototypes will be built over the next two months, giving Republicans momentum to build a long-discussed wall in some form.

That’s just one of the subjects that will be explored tonight, when the Rochester Committee on Latin America welcomes Daniella Burgi-Palomino, the senior associate for Mexico, border issues and migrant rights at the Latin America Working Group (LAWG) in Washington, D.C. First, she’s our guest on Connections. In studio: