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

First hour: How women in TV news are harassed by viewers

Second hour: The impact of less materialistic gift-giving

We're discussing taxes -- specifically, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is a federal and state anti-poverty program that assists low income households by giving them extra cash based on their income. In Monroe County, approximately 60,000 households will receive an average of $4,000 between the federal and state EITC.

This hour, our guests help us understand what the EITC is, who it benefits, the pros and cons of the program, and what you need to know. In studio:


First hour: Understanding the Earned Income Tax Credit

Second hour: NPR's special coverage of President Trump's remarks on Jerusalem

A new documentary explores the aftermath of the 2015 mass shooting at the Boys and Girls Club in Rochester. Raekwon Manigault, Jonah Barley and Johnny Johnson Junior were killed during the shooting, which took place during a Stop the Violence basketball tournament. In Move, first-time filmmaker Tam Little speaks with the victims' families and with community members who came together to reduce the violence in their neighborhoods. The film will be screened at The Little Theatre on December 12 and December 15. It's part of the One Take Documentary Series and the Black Cinema Series. The screening on December 15 is sponsored in part by the Association of Black Journalists. 

Little joins us to share what she learned, and we'll hear from the victims' mothers about how they are carrying on their sons' legacies. Our guests:

  • Tameakia Little, filmmaker
  • Anita Barley, mother of Jonah Barley 
  • Lentory Johnson, mother of Johnny Johnson
  • Tammy Burnett, mother of Raekwon Manigault

What will internet access in America look like without net neutrality laws? FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants to scrap the current net neutrality rules; the FCC will vote on his plan December 14. In recent days, a number of experts have spoken out about false or misleading public comments submitted to the FCC. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his office is investigating claims that more than half of the nearly 22 million public comments sent to the FCC about net neutrality included misleading or false information. He's calling on the FCC to delay the vote until that investigation is complete.

Why is this such a hot button issue? We discuss what net neutrality is, how the way you access the internet could change if it goes away, and more. In studio:

  • Josephine Wolff, assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy, and member of the extended faculty in the Department of Computing Security at RIT
  • Jeremy Sarachan, chair of the Media and Communication Department at St. John Fisher College

First hour: The latest with the net neutrality debate

Second hour: New documentary explores the aftermath of the 2015 Boys and Girls Club shooting

Each year, more than 44,000 people die by suicide, leaving their friends and family looking for answers. Experts say siblings are often overlooked, and are not receiving the mental health support they need. The Sibling Survivors of Suicide Loss group says about 25,000 people each year become sibling survivors of suicide, and can experience thoughts of taking their own lives.

This hour, we discuss the challenges siblings face. In studio:

  • Patrick Scahill, founder and chairman of Superfly Corp. 
  • Adrienne Daniels, manager of bereavement services for Lifetime Care
  • Tim Garbach, Meg's Gift

An increasing number of African American families are turning to homeschooling. Parents say they want to protect their children from institutional racism, and they want their children to learn African American history outside of a Eurocentric curriculum. According to an estimate by the National Home Education Research Institute, the number of African American children who are home-schooled grew by about 10 percent between 2012 and 2016. That estimate puts the total number of black home-schooled students at more than 200,000.

Our guests share their experiences with homeschooling and unschooling:

First hour: The African American home-schooling movement

Second hour: Challenges faced by sibling survivors of suicide loss

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 Nationalist's Delusion," with journalist Adam Serwer;
  • Racial injustice in cities across America, including Rochester;
  • Reactions to seeing racism up close in the suburbs, with Pittsford Town Board Member-elect, Kevin Beckford;
  • The challenges faced by refugees in the United States; 
  • The pain and difficulty women experience when coming forward about sexual harassment or abuse.