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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Smallpox Vaccine Study

Mar 4, 2013

Rochester Clinical Research is looking for test subjects to take part in a 34 week study for a smallpox vaccine.  

Clinical researcher Michael Brennan says even though smallpox was eradicated in 1980, there are concerns that bioterrorists could obtain some stockpiled samples of the virus or recreate it using artificial genes.


Rochester area health care providers will now have access to essential information about patients collected by first responders in the moments after a call to 911.  The Rochester Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) is partnering with local ambulance services to upgrade its database.


With the federal sequester looming, a wide range of programs and services face an uncertain future. At CP Rochester, a non profit organization providing treatment and services for individuals with cerebral palsy, the potential impact is unknown at this point.



  As state lawmakers return to Albany this week, a proposed hike in the minimum wage is among the agenda items receiving consideration.  Governor Cuomo is calling for a 21 percent increase in the minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour to $8.75.


  As the deficit debate continues in Washington, local school boards are planning next year's budgets, waiting for word as to whether the so-called sequestration will mean less funding.  Monroe County School Boards Association Executive Director  Jody Siegle said any potential federal budget cuts to education will not be in effect until the next school year.  While final figures were not available, Siegle said the latest estimates put the cuts at around 5.2 percent.

Makers: Women Who Make America is a film that tells how women have helped shape America over the last 50 years with stories from one of the most sweeping social revolutions in our country’s history. The program premiers Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). WXXI’s Beth Adams speaks with Ann Burr, Chairman and General Manager of Frontier Communications of Rochester, one of Rochester’s own Makers.


  The Food and Drug Administration has given the green light to a new medication that targets tumor cells while leaving healthy cells untouched.  The drug Kadcyla is made by Roche. It works in combination with the established medication Herceptin, a powerful chemotherapy drug and a third chemical linking the medicines to form a potent cocktail against breast tumors.


  The director of the Western New York  Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders says a possible loss  of state funding will be devastating for eating disorder patients throughout New York State.  


Governor Cuomo recently announced $3.6 million in state funding awarded through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process will be used to create four food distribution hubs across the state.  The hubs will be located in the Finger Lakes region, Central New York, the Hudson Valley, and the North Country. There is an existing hub on Long Island.


  If budget talks in Washington do not produce a solution to the federal budget deficit, across-the-board funding cuts will go into effect March 1, and Rochester's Head Start program will feel the impact.