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 discussions from our Summer Book Week. Listen to conversations about:

  • The debate over the M.F.A. degree;
  • How local publishers and self-publishers compete at the national level;
  • Writing personal essays, with author Sonja Livingston;
  • How novels can reflect societal challenges, with author Richard Russo;
  • Making the classics engaging for young adult readers.

We close out our 2016 Summer Book Week with conversations about young adult literature. Organizers and attendees of the Greater Rochester Teen Book Fest join us to talk about what's trending in YA fiction, which authors are making waves, and how teens can get involved in local reading and writing events. Our guests:

  • Stephanie Squicciarini, founder and director of the Greater Rochester Teen Book Fest, and young adult librarian at Fairport Public Library
  • Beth Puckett, founding member of the Rochester Teen Book Fest, and library media specialist at Monroe 1 BOCES
  • Hannah Olin, author and graduating senior at Fairport High School
  • Alexis Taranto, member of the Greater Teen Book Fest’s Write and Draw On Group, and member  the Teen Advisory Board at Fairport Public Library
  • Claire Molinich, member of the Teen Advisory Board at Fairport Public Library

First hour: Trends in young adult literature

Second hour: Local authors who write young adult literature

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:

  • Showing support for the LGBTQ community after the Orlando mass shooting;
  • Why Islam views homosexuality as sinful;
  • Elder abuse and "chemical restraints;"
  • The debate over using Indian names and imagery in sports mascots;
  • The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

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:

  • Efforts to desegregate schools with civil rights icon Sylvia Mendez;
  • The Stanford rape case and inequalities in the justice system;
  • The effects of the California drought;
  • Proposals to build a casino in Downtown Rochester;
  • Don Alhart's 50 years in broadcasting and his memories of the late Bill Peterson.

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 Rochester Police Department's Body Worn Camera Project;
  • Zombie properties in Irondequoit;
  • A proposed network of magnet schools aimed at increasing diversity in local schools;
  • Honor Flight Rochester;
  • The prospects of the Libertarian Party in the presidential election;
  • The WTF (Where's the Flux) Star.

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:

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:

  • Themes in Beyoncé's new album, Lemonade, and the experience of African American women;
  • The challenges of single motherhood;
  • The accessibility and benefits of taking a gap year;
  • Helping homeless veterans.

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:

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:

  • Comedian Larry Wilmore using a racial epithet when referring to President Obama at the White House Correspondents' Dinner;
  • The Christian Educators Association and whether expressions of faith should be allowed in public schools;
  • The effects of PTSD on veterans, and the Simpson Cup;
  • Climate change in the context of faith;
  • The Rochester food truck scene.

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