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

“Cosby Show” actor Geoffrey Owens is speaking out about recent criticism regarding his job as a cashier at a grocery store. Owens was working at Trader Joe’s in New Jersey when a woman’s photos of him went viral. Owens said he felt like some people were job shaming him, but stressed that there’s “no job that’s better than another.”

This hour, we discuss the issue of job shaming with local people who feel they have been criticized for their work. We also discuss the state of the entry level workforce in our area and opportunities to grow within companies. Our guests:

President Trump has been critical of wind energy in recent weeks. We focus on wind as a component of New York State’s energy future, and the energy future of the country. Our guests:

  • Eric Hittinger, assistant professor of public policy at the College of Liberal Arts, and faculty member at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at RIT
  • Neely Kelly, senior organizer for Mothers Out Front New York
  • Zack Dufresne, director of member services and clean energy advocate for the Alliance for Clean Energy New York


First hour: Understanding wind energy

Second hour: Job shaming, and how to create a culture where all jobs are respected

Student journalism has come under the spotlight after a series of media outlets reported on alleged censorship of the campus newspaper at Liberty University. Student editors and reporters working for the “Liberty Champion” say faculty members and the president of the university, Jerry Falwell Jr., spiked articles they found to be critical of the university or amended articles they thought were critical of President Trump. Falwell told students that the newspaper had been created to champion the interest of the university, and that the institution, as the publisher of the publication, is responsible for content decisions. The situation sparked debates across the Liberty campus and beyond.

This hour, we talk to local student journalists about ethics issues surrounding student publications and freedom of the press. Our guests:

Assemblyman Joe Morelle is running for Congress, and three local Democrats are vying for his seat in the 136th District primary. This hour, we hear from Todd Grady, Jamie Romeo, and Jaclyn Richard about their platforms and priorities for the district.

First hour: Candidates for the 136th Assembly District Democratic primary

Second hour: Ethics surrounding student newspapers

In this special broadcast of Connections, we remember the life and legacy of Paul Burgett. The late University of Rochester dean and vice president died August 22 at the age of 72.

Burgett served the institution and the Rochester community with his whole heart for more than half a century. We had the privilege of sitting down with him many times on Connections, and this hour, we revisit conversations we had on race, history, music, the value of travel, and more.

Then, we hear several of Burgett’s colleagues share their memories and why they say he embodied the university’s motto, “ever better.” Our guests:

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First hour: Remembering the life and legacy of Paul Burgett

Second hour: Innovation Hub Labor Day special - “What A Way To Make A Living”

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:

  • America's "greatness;"
  • Socialism making a comeback in the United States;
  • Pumpkin spice lattes and "trend journalism."

It's been 25 years since Hollywood released a film featuring an all-Asian lead cast that wasn't a martial arts film. "Crazy Rich Asians" is making big money at the box office, and while it's a rather standard rom-com, it's also a significant moment for representation in film. But that's also what many people said about the Joy Luck Club in 1993.

What makes this time different? Our guests:

  • Eleanor Lenoe, sophomore at the University of Rochester
  • Linh Phillips, creator of the Sir Rocha Says blog, and consumer insights manager at Constellation Brands Inc.
  • Joanne Bernardi, professor of Japanese and film and media studies, and head of the Japanese program at the University of Rochester
  • Regina Buralli, sophomore at Brighton High School