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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A project with a lot of star power behind it may soon be coming to the town of Macedon.

Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Alicia Keys and her husband, hip-hop recording arist and music producer Kasseem Dean, known professionally as Swizz Beatz, are in the process of buying a 100-plus-acre former industrial site on Route 31.

That's where they want to locate a music and art campus for up-and-coming musicians and artists.

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On a warm, sunny July morning in Parma Town Park, Connor Stevely is playing fetch with Ella Mae, a big, panting chocolate Lab.  Despite the increasingly intense sun, the dog never seems to tire of the game.

The Stevely family loves its pets – three dogs, a cat, and a hamster. But Ella Mae is special: She saved Connor's life on Dec. 2, 2017.

That's what Connor's mom, Diane Stevely, believes.

She and Connor’s younger sister, Morgan, had gone into town for a community Christmas party that night. Connor’s father, Greg, was at work.


Authorities in Ontario County are asking the public for help after dozens of dogs were seized from a home at 7047 Lawyer Road in Naples.

In the home, 73 Carin terriers or mixed-breed terriers, were covered with fleas and matted hair. They were taken to a shelter in Canandaigua on Wednesday night after a complaint came in about several dogs running in the road.

Dianne Faas, shelter manager at the Ontario County Humane Society, says the dogs are also being treated for internal parasites. She thinks this was a case of animal hoarding.

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A Rochester business owner is planning a three-day festival on Aug. 23 through 25 to celebrate comics and pop culture.

Comic cons are typically held in one location, like a convention center, but Jason Hilton wants to turn that model on its head.

Hilton, the owner of Pop Roc on East Avenue, is calling the event Super City Rochester, a multi-venue, citywide festival in the style of the Fringe Festival or the jazz festival. Most events will be free.

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Police in Geneva said their investigation of two incidents of racist graffiti has led them to a 12-year-old suspect.

A swastika and the words "white power" were spray-painted on a storage shed, and two swastikas were spray-painted on the outside of a church.

A search warrant was issued for the suspect's home Thursday night. Police said they found enough evidence there to support the filing of a hate crime. They said the 12-year-old is the only person involved in the crimes.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, is being treated as a juvenile defendant.

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Maybe you've heard our announcements about the fact that the FCC is mandating certain television stations to change broadcast frequencies, or perhaps you've had trouble tuning into WXXI-TV in the last day or so.

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Animal rights advocates are applauding New York State's ban on the declawing of cats, but opponents of the new law are worried that it will lead to more homeless and euthanized cats.

Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester says scratching behavior is not a main reason people give when surrendering cats to their shelter. In fact, the opposite is more likely.

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The tragic death of a toddler this week is sparking conversations about access to child care.

On Monday, a 3-year-old boy was taken by his mother to the Tim Hortons coffee shop where she works because no one else was available to care for the child, according to Rochester police.

The boy died after falling into a grease trap behind the restaurant.

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Terry Dade, Rochester's new superintendent of schools, took office two-and-a-half weeks ago during a tumultuous time in the district.

Willow Domestic Violence Center has won a grant -- one of only two in the state -- to establish a fellowship aimed at improving the services it provides for survivors.

The $150,000, two-year grant will cover the salary of a fellow who will be embedded in the Willow organization, looking for any unforeseen gaps in the way programs and services are carried out.