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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In the midst of a global pandemic and a presidential election that has deeply divided the country, it's a painful time for many people.

The Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence in Rochester has scheduled a series of virtual events aimed at helping the community move forward and engage with one another in a healthy way.

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Monroe County's first director of addiction services is working on ways to reach people who she says are traditionally under-served, forgotten, and missing out on treatment.

Tisha Smith was recently appointed to the new position by County Executive Adam Bello.

She's been on the job for about three weeks but Smith is no newcomer to the field of addiction treatment.

She was most recently director of inmate drug and alcohol programs for the county sheriff's office.  Before that, she was an addiction therapist supervisor at Unity Hospital.

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A Rochester musician says he was inspired to do something to lift people's spirits during a time of distress and separation.

Billy Goodness, drummer and vocalist for the band "The Klick," says the idea came to him in a dream.

"I literally woke up one night ... I guess, one morning at about 3 a.m.," he says, "and this whole thing was playing it my head, but I heard it with this choir, this chorus."

The Rochester People's Climate Coalition has a new name, a new website, and an updated mission.

It will now be known as the Climate Solutions Accelerator of the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region, or "The Accelerator" for short.

Executive Director Abby McHugh-Grifa said it better reflects who they are as an organization, what they do, and where they do it. 

The group's work is not limited to the city of Rochester. It covers a nine-county region.

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He probably didn't realize it at the time, but Sanford Coley's life took a dramatic turn in the mid-1990s.

That's when Coley, who is now 66, got a job at CleanCraft, a commercial cleaning company in Rochester.  He had already interviewed for 10 or 15 other jobs before this one came through.

"Being an ex-felon," he said, "other companies just looked over me, and it was tough."  

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Feminist, journalist, and social activist Gloria Steinhem has been the face of the women's movement since the 1960s.

The producer of a new play presented by the Jewish Community Center's CenterStage said even a global pandemic can't silence Steinem's voice.

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The death of Daniel Prude following his suffocation while in the custody of Rochester police last March has made headlines across the country.

A 1998 graduate of Brighton High School who is now living in Atlanta said the news hit her like a gut punch.

Jen Willsea wrote an online letter titled, "How a white girl learned white supremacy in a liberal suburb of Rochester, New York."

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Imagine being quarantined for weeks inside a small (by Rochester standards) New York City apartment by yourself.

Well, there are a couple of cats, too.

"I went out last night to see a friend," said Lori Hamilton, "and they were, like, 'You did not tell us you were going out. It was not on the schedule.' "

The comedian has so many characters and skits bouncing around in her imagination, it's easy to see how she survived the COVID-19 solitude.

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Of the more than 170 shows in this year's KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival, several are related to the Black Lives Matter movement.

One of them is a production from ROC Freedom Riders.

The group was formed in June, after the May 25 death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police.

That was before the public knew about an incident -- one that would be compared to Floyd's death -- that had happened in Rochester months earlier. In March, police officers restrained Daniel Prude; he died a week later from the injuries he suffered.


Since a video of the arrest of Daniel Prude was released two weeks ago, calls for police reform have grown louder and more insistent.

Prude died a week after he suffocated when pinned to the pavement by Rochester police officers, who had been called to check on his mental health.

Citizens, activists, and elected leaders are pointing to a program in Oregon as an example of how a community should respond to these kinds of calls.