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: The changing media landscape, and the future of jobs in journalism

Second hour: Discussing New York State's spending on local farm food

An upcoming multimedia performance at The Little Theatre will tackle a number of social themes. Danielle Ponder is the lead singer of Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People, and on December 1, she and her band will introduce audience members to places and experiences that have inspired Ponder in her work as a storyteller, and also as a public defender. The performance, called "For the Love of Justice," will explore issues related to feminism, criminal justice, personal liberation, and racial justice, all under the theme of love.

We preview the concert and discuss the experiences that inspired it. In studio:

  • Danielle Ponder, criminal defense attorney and lead singer of Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People
  • Doug Ackley, executive director of Teen Empowerment
  • Marcus Cooper, cyclist who works in sales at Park Ave Bike Shop, and an emcee

A fresh look at LED lighting challenges ideas as to whether it’s better for the environment. A recent piece published by Gizmodo argues that the benefits of LED lighting – energy efficiency and reduced costs – could lead to more lighting overall. It’s called the rebound effect, and there’s disagreement over the impact it may have. Some scientists say that concerns about the rebound effect are overblown. They argue that more efficient technology reduces threats to the environment; so, even if the world is getting brighter, it’s become brighter using less energy.

We break down the facts, and look at common household items and their impact on climate. Our guests:

First hour: LED lighting and its impact on climate

Second hour: Previewing "For the Love of Justice"

California will become the first state in the country to offer a nonbinary option on driver’s licenses and birth certificates. This comes as a growing list of colleges is allowing students to indicate which pronouns they use on registration forms. LGBTQ activists say these are big steps forward, but challenges remain.

We talk about what policymakers can do to make institutions more inclusive. Our guests:

More than two months after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, 53 percent of the island's residents are still without power, and 1,520 people are still living in shelters. While there are conflicting reports of the number of lives lost, the mayor of San Juan estimates that about 500 people have died.

The gravity of the situation has accelerated an exodus to the mainland, with tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans seeking to rebuild their lives in cities across the nation. Hundreds of Puerto Ricans are making Rochester their new home. 

We talk to families that were forced to leave everything behind, and we hear how the Rochester community is coming together to support the city's newest residents. In studio:

  • Hilda Rosario Escher, president of the Ibero American Action League
  • Maria Velazqez, recently moved to Rochester from Puerto Rico 
  • Wilfredo Delgado, recently moved to Rochester from Puerto Rico 
  • Adalberto Hernandez, Rochester resident and native of Puerto Rico

First hour: Challenges faced by Puerto Rican families who have moved to Rochester

Second hour: Understanding the expanding definitions of gender


Holiday programming: Best of the Best - The 2017 Third Coast Festival Broadcast


Holiday programming: The Splendid Table’s Turkey Confidential

Nearly 85,000 refugees were admitted into the United States in fiscal year 2016, and New York was one of three states that helped settle more than a quarter of them. 

We're joined by refugees living in Rochester, who share their compelling journeys and discuss the challenges they face. Plus, we talk about how the community can help them settle into their new lives, especially around the holidays. In studio:

  • Abdullahi Mohamed, refugee from Somalia
  • Parwez Askarzada, refugee from Afghanistan
  • Kar Nar, refugee from Burma/Thailand
  • Karen Elam, community relations director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester