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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"When you're a person with an eating disorder,” said Mary Tantillo, “your enemies are uncertainty, ambiguity, unpredictability.”

Tantillo, the director of the Western New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders, said that's why there's been a surge in new cases in the past year. The coronavirus pandemic, combined with social and political unrest created a perfect storm for the disorders that affect nearly 1 in 10 Americans.

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After a COVID-19 vaccination, a person's underarm lymph nodes may become swollen on the same side of the body where they had the injection.

That's normal. In fact, it's a sign that the immune system is responding to the vaccine.

The swelling may show up on mammogram images; breast imaging experts aren't surprised when it does.

"We've seen it before with other vaccines, such as the shingles vaccine (or) the flu vaccine," says Dr. Stamatia Destounis, a radiologist at Elizabeth Wende Breast Care in Rochester.

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Meaghan de Chateauvieux received her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a Monroe County clinic in mid-January.

Fifteen minutes following the injection, she was told she could go home.

"And I said, 'I don't really think so,' " she recalled.

Her whole body was itching and hives broke out on her arms, chest and face.

"I had the strangest feeling like my tongue was metallic...just a strange feeling like something wasn't right,” she explained.

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A Monroe County legislator is calling for a ban on the sale of sparklers, a type of fireworks device that produces a shower of sparks, sometimes a colored flame, and a crackling or whistling noise.

Democrat Rachel Barnhart said the devices are dangerous and have led to an "anything goes" culture when it comes to fireworks.

"There was no issue that prompted more phone calls to me than fireworks," said Barnhart, who represents the 21st Legislative District.

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Open Door Mission is embarking on a new venture.

The nearly 70-year-old organization, which provides emergency shelter and services for homeless individuals, is planning to offer individual, supportive adult housing units in about a year.

"We have some units designated for victims of domestic violence, some for youth aging out of foster care, and some for chronically homeless as well as some for folks who are dealing with substance abuse disorder," said executive director Anna Valeria-Iseman.

Local climate activists are launching a new campaign to educate people about the advantages of heat pump systems as a cleaner alternative to fossil fuels.

The HeatSmart Monroe campaign is an expansion of the Sustainable Rochester Homes program, which has been underway for over a year.


Khristopher Brooks and his wife, Deprina Godboldo, moved into their new apartment in New Rochelle, New York  last March, just as the city was declared one of the state’s first COVID-19 hotspots.

That same month, the Manhattan newsroom where Brooks worked five days a week was shut down. He hasn't been back to the building since. 

"My job doesn't foresee us coming back to our newsroom for most of 2021," said Brooks, a business reporter and editor for CBS News.

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Sky Amish goes to school at a community classroom at the Genesee Valley Regional Market in Henrietta.

Since August, Amish, who is 18, and most of the other 100-plus students enrolled at Holy Childhood have been attending in-person classes just two days a week, many of them at the school's main campus on Groton Parkway in Henrietta.

The other three days, they were learning remotely. 

Amish is not a fan of getting virtual lessons on a laptop.

"Kinda tricky ... it's kinda crazy," he said.

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Last May, after George Floyd was killed in police custody and nationwide protests for social justice began, East High School Superintendent Shaun Nelms challenged his colleagues across Monroe County to teach students about Rochester's history of segregation and disparity.

"I would also say that the death of Daniel Prude in Rochester was also a reminder that this work is critically important," Nelms added, referring to the man who died last March after Rochester police restrained him. 

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Lollypop Farm is celebrating a milestone.

The Humane Society of Greater Rochester says it has achieved a 91.5% save rate.

That means less than 9% of the animals that came to the shelter in the past year were euthanized. 

The other pets were either returned to their owners, found new homes, or transferred to other rescue organizations. The rate is based on a 365-day rolling average.

CEO Alice Calabrese said this reflects a dramatic shift in animal sheltering in the last couple of decades.