WXXI AM News

Megan Mack

Connections Producer

Megan Mack the producer of Connections with Evan Dawson and Unleashed: The Pet Show. She joined the WXXI News team from WHEC-TV, where she produced newscasts and The Olympic Zone, and from the University of Rochester, where she served as an assistant director of public relations. Her background extends to television sports and entertainment, and to communications and social media management for non-profits.

Megan earned her B.S. in Television-Radio-Film from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and her B.A. in Italian Language, Literature, and Culture from the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University. She is also a graduate of The Second City’s Conservatory program.

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:

  • Reactions to the memo about race and gender at Google; 
  • Gun rights and Rep. Chris Collins' proposed SAGA bill;
  • Cross-cultural relationships and themes from the film, The Big Sick;
  • The music of Joni Mitchell. 

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 impact of ride-hailing services in Rochester;
  • The Strong's proposed Neighborhood of Play on the old Inner Loop site, and the future of parking garages;
  • The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program;
  • The value of travel and cultural immersion.

Six candidates are vying for three seats on the Rochester City School Board, and they all say it’s time for change. We sit down with the candidates in groups of three to learn why they are running, to hear their platforms, and to explore their ideas for improving struggling schools and increasing the ranks of teachers of color in the district. It’s your chance to meet the candidates and ask your questions. In studio:

In a Wall Street Journal interview last week, President Trump made comments about Upstate New York that have led to a debate about the state of the job market and the economy in our region. He said that Upstate New York “just isn’t working,” and its residents should move elsewhere to find jobs. He also suggested people just leave their homes behind, even if they can’t sell them. His comments were related to news surrounding the electronics manufacturer Foxconn, which was considering building a new plant in Wisconsin instead of Utica (days later, Foxconn did select Wisconsin as its preferred site).

Is the state of the economy in Upstate New York as bleak as the President suggests? Have you considered moving out of the area to find work? Our guests help us understand the jobs outlook and economic development in our region:

  • Matt Hurlbutt, interim president and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise
  • Matt Horn, Geneva City Manager
  • Mike Manikowski, chief economic developer for Ontario County

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First hour: Should Upstate New Yorkers move to find jobs?

Second hour: Candidates for Rochester City School Board, group one

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:

  • How violence and war are not inevitable, nor natural parts of the human condition;
  • The new documentary series, The Vietnam War;
  • Al Gore's new film, An Inconvenient Sequel, and the reality of climate change;
  • Rochester's food culture.

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:

  • Affirmative action at universities, with Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Gregory Vincent;
  • How Native American history and culture are taught in schools;
  • Diversity in high school reading lists;
  • Intimate partner violence.

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:

  • Rochester's Climate Action Plan;
  • Truth in comedy, with comedian Mike Birbiglia;
  • How the Declaration of Independence and American history are taught in schools;
  • Misconceptions about people who are blind, with Saudi disability rights activist Mohammed Saad.

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:

  • Access to birth certificates and family information for people who have been adopted in New York State*;
  • The therapeutic benefits of friendship for people with mental illness;
  • The value of print reporting, and a small-town newspaper that won a Pulitzer Prize.

*Correction: In the podcast, the host and producer say the legislation has passed the New York State Assembly, but the bill has passed both the Assembly and the Senate.

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First hour: Innovation Hub explores the American Dream

Second hour: The Capitol Steps

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