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

The term "elder law" can be a misnomer when it comes to the LGBTQ community. For example, does a 22-year-old trans person think the Elder Law Fair is relevant to them? Probably not -- but it can be if the person's family is hostile toward their gender identity. There are all kinds of legal pitfalls for the LGBTQ community, and we'll explore them in advance of the 2018 Elder Law Fair.

Our guests:

Katie Adamides, Staff Attorney at Legal Assistance of Western New York.

Milo Primeaux, LGBTQ+ Civil Rights Attorney & Founder/CEO of Just Roots Consulting, LLC. 

Danny Palmer, person with chronic illness who has experienced the consequences of not having legal documents in place.

We welcome the Democrat and Republican running in the 133rd Assembly district race. 

In studio:

Barbara Baer (D)

Marjorie Byrnes (R)

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:

  • Recovery from opioid addiction;
  • Male violence and acceptable standards of behavior;
  • Social protest and understanding opposing idea 

Photojournalism has captured some of the most profound images of social and protest movements. RIT Press is hosting an upcoming exhibition titled "Whose Streets? Our Streets!"

It's a look at the images that tell stories from New York City during a period of tumult and change. The images focus on demonstrations regarding police brutality, queer activism, AIDS, race relations, war, the environment, and more. Our guests will discuss the power of these images.

The Upstate Latino Summit is coming to Rochester for 2018. The event features leaders from around the state in the Latino community; it's designed to highlight issues most pertinent to Latinos. So what are those issues?

Our guests explore them:

Julio Saenz, Poder 97.1 FM and Ibero American Action League Hilda Rosario-Escher, President and CEO of the Ibero American Action League.

The Landmark Society has announced its 2018 "Five to Revive" -- a list of five historic properties and locations in the region that are in need of investment. We're joined by members of the Landmark Society, who will discuss why these sites were chosen, what they see for their future, and how reviving historic sites can help rejuvenate parts of the community. We'll also get an update on the progress made with last year's selections. In studio:

  • Wayne Goodman, executive director of the Landmark Society
  • Caitlin Meives, preservation planner for the Landmark Society
  • Bob Seem, board member for Friends of Parrott Hall
  • Monica McCullough, Esq., Colgate Divinity School Neighborhood, founder of MM Development Advisors, and co-founder of NYWIRE (New York Women in Real Estate)

A Buffalo News editorial is making the case for substantial taxpayer support for a new Buffalo Bills stadium. The editorial claims that this will be the price for Western New York to keep a professional football franchise. Our panels responds to the editorial and discusses what taxpayers should and should not do for the team. Our guests:

  • Scott Pitoniak, longtime Rochester sports columnist and author
  • Dennis O'Brien, longtime Buffalo Bills fan
  • (phone) Matt Warren, chief of "Buffalo Rumblings"

First hour: Should taxpayers pay for a new Buffalo Bills stadium?

Second hour: The Landmark Society's 2018 "Five to Revive"

In this special edition of Connections, we address the opioid epidemic in New York State. The conversation took place in front of a live studio audience at the WXXI studios. You can watch video of the broadcast here.

This hour, local leaders in healthcare and law enforcement provide an update on the state of the crisis in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region. Our guests:

In this special edition of Connections, we address the opioid epidemic in New York State. The conversation took place in front of a live studio audience at the WXXI studios. You can watch video of the broadcast here.

This hour, local individuals living in recovery share their journeys of hope and the challenges they've faced battling addiction. Our guests:

  • Brandon Scott, living in recovery for one year
  • Yana Khasper, co-founder of ROCovery Fitness, who is living in recovery
  • Sean Smith, co-founder of ROCovery Fitness, who is living in recovery

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