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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A Webster man has received national recognition for his volunteer work to improve the lives of patients awaiting organ transplants and their families.

Richard Perez received the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Outstanding Public Service Benefitting Local Communities.  Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan presented the award to Perez at the Jefferson Awards in Washington, D.C. on June 28.

Perez underwent his own liver transplant in 2003. He said the generosity of his donor inspired him to help others.

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Already facing opposition from local municipalities and hundreds of businesses and property owners, a Houston company's plans to store propane and natural gas in abandoned salt mines on the shore of Seneca Lake has been dealt another blow.

On Monday night, the Schuyler County legislature voted unanimously to withdraw its support for the project proposed by Crestwood Midstream Partners.

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The Corn Hill Arts Festival is this coming weekend and it marks a milestone. 

It's the 50th year of the event.

Its humble beginning was August 23, 1969. The neighborhood wasn't even known as Corn Hill back then; it was Rochester's Old Third Ward, once one of the city's wealthiest neighborhoods.

In the summer of 1969, it was the target of Urban Renewal efforts. Nine hundred homes had already been demolished.


Helene Biandudi Hofer believes politics, religion, entertainment, history, education, sports, race, and culture share a common thread: clothing.

The host and producer of WXXI-TV’s Need to Know has launched an independent, multi-media series called The Empty Hanger.

It explores the fascinating, misunderstood, perplexing, profound, and often overlooked meanings of dress.

Click on the LISTEN link above to hear an interview with Helene.


For the second time in less than three weeks, officials in Ontario County made an arrest for animal cruelty after a dog was left in a hot car.

The latest incident happened late Monday morning when passersby noticed a 2 year old Sharpei mix in distress inside a vehicle in the parking lot at Clifton Springs Hospital.  Yesterday's high temperature was 95 degrees at noon in Rochester.

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The founder of Rochester's first film camp for deaf and hard of hearing youth is offering a workshop at Writers and Books this summer.

Speaking through an interpreter, Stacy Lawrence said she wants to share her passion for filmmaking with kids and help them understand what they are capable of.

"I want these children to realize that they are in the same company as wonderful deaf artists and deaf poets right here in Rochester, right under our noses."

Organizers of a local rally do not expect near record heat on Saturday to keep people from protesting the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

Some twenty faith and social justice groups are planning the afternoon event at Washington Square Park to coincide with the hundreds of rallies and marches that are planned across the nation.


So far this year, there were 462 reported drug overdoses in Monroe County; 68 of them were fatal.

A Rochester-based addiction recovery support group is expanding its efforts to respond to the ongoing opioid crisis.

Recovery Now NY is opening a new, monthly drop-in center in Irondequoit tonight where people struggling with substance abuse and their families can go to get learn about treatment and services.  It’s located at Glad Tidings Church at 1980 Culver Road.

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Just as CPR helps those without medical training potentially save the life of someone who is having a heart attack, mental health first aid teaches non-professionals how to support a person experiencing an emotional crisis.

Licensed clinical social worker Megan Clifford is offering community training for adults who are interested in learning how to recognize and intervene if someone they know is having a mental health problem or emergency.

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Critics are praising the documentary film "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" as a comfort in dark and divisive times.

Filmmaker Morgan Neville's nostaglic tribute to Mr. Rogers, the cardigan-clad, gentle-voiced, kind grownup who befriended generations of kids, premeires in theaters Friday.

Paul Siefken, president and CEO of Fred Rogers Productions, the company that carries on Rogers' legacy through children's television programming, says Rogers was a kind and gentle soul but his work was bold and courageous.