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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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will declare a special election for the 27th Congressional district seat just vacated by Republican Chris Collins.

Collins resigned on Monday and is expected to plead guilty in federal court in Manhattan this afternoon in connection with an insider trading case against him.

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Some Irondequoit residents aren't happy with a planned construction project on a portion of Empire Boulevard.

The project, which is scheduled to begin next spring, would reduce Empire Boulevard between Culver and Helendale roads from two lanes to one lane in both directions. A center lane would be added for left turns.

A sidewalk also would be installed on the south side of the boulevard.

The New York State Department of Transportation calls this a "road diet," and there are other examples of these projects already started or planned in Monroe County. 

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Robert Siegel, the former, longtime host of NPR's All Things Considered, was in Rochester for a WXXI fundraiser Friday.

Siegel retired in 2018 after more than 40 years at the network.

Click on the LISTEN link above to hear him talk about his career, NPR’s evolution, the relationship between the White House and the media, the late Cokie Roberts, and his transition to retirement.

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The Strong Museum of Play says an upcoming exhibit could boost its potential as a national destination.

Tentatively titled "Digital Worlds", the 24,000 sq. ft. interactive exhibit will explore the history and the cultural impact of video games. It will be part of The Strong's upcoming expansion.

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U.S. Army veteran and VA employee Lisa Lehning led a group of about a dozen veterans on a tour Thursday of a new 84,000-square-foot, state-of the-art outpatient VA medical clinic on Calkins Road in Henrietta.

As they walked down a wide corridor in the radiology department, Army veteran Lon Schwenzer stopped to look inside a suite that will provide on-site CT scans.

"Amazing," he said. "Just amazing. It's something that's been needed quite a while by the veterans, and I'm very happy to see that they've got it."

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Lisa Hoffman lost her eyes to a rare form of cancer when she was 14 months old. That shaped her life in many ways, and for the better.

"She lived life to the fullest from the day she was born," said Susan Hoffman, Lisa's older sister. "She never let her blindness stop her at all."

It was cancer which ultimately ended Lisa's remarkable life on Monday. She was 54 years old.


Rochester's first murder, 182 years ago, is still somewhat of a mystery today.

"All these people who lived in that neighborhood heard the shot -- including his wife -- and never went outside to look at see what happened," said Aprille Byam, creator of "Wanted: Who Killed William Lyman?," a Rochester Fringe experience premiering this weekend.

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A well-known local advocate for people with disabilities is making a career move.

Stephanie Woodward has left her position as director of advocacy at the Center for Disability Rights.

Woodward says she has always worked to help marginalized communities and will continue to do so in her new role as a victims of crime attorney at Empire Justice Center.

Among the hundreds of shows in the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival lineup this week is one called, "Suffragettes Unite!"

The performer is jazz singer Ann Mitchell. She doesn't sing in this show, but speaks the words delivered by suffrage leaders Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and other women, including Sarah C. Owen.

"She was just another woman, like you or myself, that was at the convention,” Mitchell said. “She was part of the movement."

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As the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival continues this week, eight of Rochester's leading actresses will take the stage to portray 22 different women exploring universal themes such as grief, motherhood, dating, and survival.