Beth Adams

Morning Edition Host

Beth Adams joined WXXI as host of Morning Edition in 2012 after a more than two decade radio career. She was the longtime host of the WHAM Morning News in Rochester, where she was recognized for her work by the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the New York State Humane Society. Her career also took her from radio stations in Elmira, New York to Miami, Florida.

Beth is active in the Rochester community, having volunteered for organizations including the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm, the Heart of Gold Children's Foundation, the Rochester Press Radio Club Children’s Charities, and the Rochester Broadway Theater League Education Committee.  She is an avid reader of historical fiction and a devoted animal lover. Beth is married to award-winning writer and author Scott Pitoniak. 

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Local health care practitioners say they're seeing an increased interest in a product often touted as a source of relief for everything from arthritis to depression.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a chemical compound of cannibis. In New York State, the CBD sold over the counter is sourced from hemp, and unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) the active ingredient in marijuana, it doesn’t cause a euphoric high.

"I can't say it's a wonder drug, and many people will,” said Terry Mandelaro. “But I can tell the difference when I do not use CBD oil. I can tell the difference."

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When it comes to how people of color are portrayed in local media stories, there is a disconnect between what community members and the media perceive.

That's one of the findings of a series of polls commissioned by Causewave Community Partners for its Shaping our Stories report. The surveys questioned 550 residents statistically reflective of local demographics and 46 members of Rochester area media outlets. WXXI News participated in the survey.

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You may have to go to the Adirondacks to see the most vibrant colors this fall.

If the relatively warm and wet weather continues for the next several weeks, the fall foliage season will be delayed and less vibrant than normal in Rochester and the Finger Lakes and other parts of upstate New York.

That's the word from Taryn Bauerle, an associate professor of plant science at Cornell University.

The same thing happened last year, but Bauerle says this isn't harmful to trees.


Some local veterans are finding a sense of purpose and peace as they ride horses, plant and harvest crops, and learn about agriculture at the EquiCenter in Mendon.

"I could feel the weight of the world lifting off my shoulders, saying ' this might be something that could help, ' " said Luanne VanPeursem, a 33-year Air Force veteran who said she was having trouble re-integrating into civilian life until her counselor recommended therapeutic riding.


A mentalist and magician performing at this year's KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival says he impresses audiences with his skills, but he's not psychic.

Banachek says he uses his five senses to create the illusion of a sixth sense.

"I'm doing what mediums do. I talk to the dead. I bend metal with my mind, apparently. I read thoughts. I have people stand up and think of playing cards and I immediately tell them what cards they're thinking of from their body language. I go through all of these things and in the end I say, 'this is not real.' "

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The executive director of a Rochester-based organization has won a national award for her work to bring transparency to the criminal justice system.

Amy Bach was awarded the Charles Bronfman Prize.  It's given annually to a humanitarian under the age of 50 whose work, informed by Jewish values, has significantly improved the world.

Bach is a former attorney and journalist. In 2011, she founded Measures for Justice, a nonprofit that collects criminal justice data at the county level.

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A classical pianist and teacher at the Hochstein School has found a unique way to conquer her lifelong struggle with performance anxiety.

"The thing is, I love to play the piano,” said Paula Bobb at her home in Brighton. “I love to play the piano...it just fed my soul.”

She loves it so much she was willing to endure years of crippling stage fright every time she performed in public, starting when she was just five-and-a-half years old.

No matter how long or hard she practiced, or how prepared she felt, Paula just could not shake the anxiety.


The Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School is moving to a new location for the first time in almost 90 years.

Next spring, the theological school will leave its historic campus on South Goodman Street and take over a soon-to-be renovated space at Village Gate.

President Marvin McMickle says it's a practical and financial decision that was made by a task force appointed by the school's board of trustees.  The South Goodman campus was built as a residential college but in the past decade, it's become almost an entirely commuter school.

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New York State is strengthening its law requiring school bus drivers to submit to random drug and alcohol screening.

Current state and federal law does call for such testing, but it does not include Class C bus drivers who drive smaller school buses.

The new law includes that class of drivers, which represents about a third of the 51,000 school bus drivers in New York State.

Make a Difference rescue

A family vacation to Puerto Rico five years ago inspired an Albion woman's mission to help homeless animals.

Jennifer Stilwell, a dog lover and owner of a boarding kennel, noticed stray dogs roaming the streets of the island, and found it quite disturbing.

"We would be out on the beach and there were dogs everywhere,” she said. “There were dogs running through towns, obviously abandoned, and it just made me crazy."

Stilwell says last year's hurricane didn't cause the problem, but it did add to the number of homeless animals.