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. 

Ways to Connect

In the past thirteen years, the Greater Rochester area has become more racially diverse than ever before.  According to data from the Census Bureau, between 2000 and 2010, all racial and ethnic groups except whites experienced growth.  The highest spike in population is among those who identify themselves as multi-racial, which soared 101 percent. The next highest spike occurred in the Hispanic population, which increased by 38 percent.  In this report, we investigate the challenges and opportunities this changing community presents.

Downton Abbey Season 3

Jan 3, 2013

The much anticipated third season of Downton Abbey premieres on WXXI -TV Sunday, January 6  at 9:00 p.m.   We spoke with Susanne Simpson, Senior Producer of MASTERPIECE, two-time Academy Award nominee and EMMY winner about what we can expect from the Crawleys this season and about the future of the wildly popular show.


The Greater Rochester Visitors Association has named Don Jeffries its new President and CEO.  Jeffries is the former CEO of the Rochester Broadway Theater League. He takes over the new position on January 15. Jeffries says he will tap into the many businesses located in the Rochester area, whose employees' professional and trade association meetings and conventions can be held here.

West Webster Fire Department

An online petition is requesting that the Obama Administration award the Medal of Freedom to the four West Webster firefighters shot in an ambush on Christmas Eve while responding to a house fire on Lake Road.  The petition asks the White House to award the Medal to firefighters Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka, who were killed in the attack, and Joseph Hofstetter and Theodore Scarpino, who were injured.

Hundreds of mourners from the Rochester area and across the state braved the cold and snow on Saturday to pay their final respects to fallen firefighters Lt. Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka.  

Rochester and Upstate New York are digging out from the first major winter storm of the season. The Greater Rochester area could see a foot to a foot and a half of snow in some places before the storm ends.   Officials recommend  staying off the roads except in emergencies. WXXI's Beth Adams has the latest with National Weather Service Meteorologist Dan Kelly. 


While we don't know the motives behind the tragedy, the mass shooting in Connecticut last week has inspired a national conversation about mental illness.  Amy, who has asked that her last name not be used to protect her child's identity, is the Rochester area mother of a son who suffers from mental illness.  She says she is grateful that people want to know more about the mentally ill and how to care for them.  Amy says she has found that there are a lack of support services locally for caretakers like herself.


Former University of Rochester professor of psychiatry Dr. Jack Herrmann has acted as a consultant for mental health professionals, hospital workers and clergy members who have been caring for the survivors of Friday's deadly shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.  Dr. Herrmann developed a mental health disaster preparedness plan for New York State in the aftermath of the 9-11 terrorist attacks.  He says it's important to consider tone of voice and genuine compassion for survivors of such tragedies.  Dr.

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Dr. Stephen Cook is assistant professor of Pediatrics at the Golisano Children’s Hospital. He also heads several local initiatives to combat childhood obesity.

Dr. Cook says this is the "good news" health officials have waited a long time to hear.

The Monroe County Legislature has unanimously approved 28-million dollars in bonds for possible acquisition and renovation of a site for the new Monroe Community College downtown campus.  College President Anne Kress says the new campus will be a true 21st century learning facility with high tech learning and a small business incubator to help students compete in today's job market.  She says planning will begin in earnest in the new year, when students, faculty and staff will develop ideas for the new campus and finalize the location.