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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, September 22


First hour: Addressing the weekend's mass shooting and gun violence in Rochester

Second hour: Journalist and broadcaster Joan Lunden

Two young people were killed Saturday morning in one of the worst mass shootings in Rochester’s history. Jaquayla Young and Jarvis Alexander were both 19 years old. The shooting happened when an argument broke out at a gathering that included more than 100 people. Rochester Police say Young and Alexander were innocent victims in the mass shooting. More than 40 rounds were fired and 14 other people were wounded. The shooting happened five years after three people were killed in a mass shooting outside the Boys and Girls Club on Genesee Street. This hour, our guests address gun violence in Rochester, what they’d like to see change in terms of policy, and what they hope the community will learn from this tragedy. Our guests:

  • Sirena Cotton, founder of Roc the Peace, who lost her son Christopher to violence in 2007
  • Justin Morris, community activist
  • Deb Antoniades, volunteer with Moms Demand Action in Rochester

Then in our second hour, we’re joined by journalist, author, and former “Good Morning America” co-host Joan Lunden. Lunden is the new host of WXXI’s nationally distributed medical talk show, “Second Opinion,” and she’s in Rochester this week shooting this season’s episodes. We talk to her about her career in broadcasting, the state of journalism in 2020, her new book on aging, and about what’s on tap for “Second Opinion,” which airs in 2021. Our guest:

  • Joan Lunden, journalist, author, former co-host of “Good Morning America,” and current host of “Second Opinion”
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.