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 proposed law that would ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits at pet stores doing business in New York is gaining traction in the state Legislature.

The goal is to curb large-scale breeding operations, such as so-called "puppy mills," that have been cited for overcrowding and unsanitary conditions.

But the manager of a local animal welfare group said the ban would not be a good idea and could have unintended consequences.

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Several years ago, Rochester Institute of Technology photography professor Denis Defibaugh stumbled upon 85-year-old lantern slides that captured the vast landscapes of Greenland.

The slides, which are transparent photographic images mounted on a glass plate and viewed via a projector, were created by Rockwell Kent.  In the 1930s, Kent spent years on the island nestled between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans.

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On a winter morning, it is peaceful at Mt. Hope Cemetery. A blanket of snow covers the ground. A few people walk dogs. The only noise is the sound of the snow crunching underfoot.

Thousands of years ago, glaciers carved the lofty ridges and bucolic valleys that cut through the 196 acres of the cemetery, much like the lives of the people buried in its hilly landscape shaped the city’s history.

A national campaign that started with Martin Luther King Jr. was recently revived, and it's coming to Rochester.

The Poor People's Campaign began in 1968, when the civil rights leader called on the federal government to come up with a plan to address unemployment and housing problems throughout the United States.

In 2018, organizers took up the cause again, branding it a "moral revival" with three goals: Shift the narrative on poverty; organize and unite people from all walks of life; and impact elections and policies.

Susan B. Anthony Museum & House

Each member of Congress gets to invite one guest to the State of the Union address, and this year, Democrat Joe Morelle is extending that honor to Deborah Hughes, president and CEO of the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House.

Hughes said she is humbled to have the chance to witness the moment in history.

She said those who are feeling defeated over today's bitter partisanship can take a lesson from the social rights activist and suffrage leader.


Dave McDowell must have had an air of mystery about him during his decades as an engineer at Eastman Kodak.

His neighbors, his friends, and even his family had no idea what he was working on, and Dave couldn't tell them, even though they had a lot of questions.

"Constantly, constantly," he recalled. "It was fun at parties sometimes; you would know the other people that were cleared, or had a pretty good idea of who they were, and you would talk in sort of coded words, 'Where are you working? I'm over at Lincoln Plant, Unit 7.' "


More information was released on Wednesday about why State Supreme Court Justice Matthew Rosenbaum abruptly left office in December, not two months after he was re-elected to another term.

The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct says it received a complaint that Rosenbaum had abused court staff and created a hostile work environment.


Three veteran astronauts will be inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame this spring, joining the 99 others who hold the honor.

The new inductees include Bishop Kearney High School graduate Pam Melroy. 

During her career with NASA, the former Rochester resident completed three missions devoted to the construction of the International Space Station.  She is one of just two women to have commanded a space shuttle mission.

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce

Heidi Macpherson, president at The College at Brockport, has won this year's ATHENA Award.

The annual honor goes to a professional female leader who has demonstrated significant achievements in business, community service, and the advancement of women.

Macpherson credited her parents for instilling in her a sense of what was possible very early in her life, by setting an expectation.

"My mother started almost every conversation with me as a child with the words, 'When you go to college,' " she recalled.

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Based on the idea that a well-behaved pet is more likely to get adopted and remain in its new home, Lollypop Farm hosted its first-ever behavior and training conference on Thursday for animal welfare professionals across New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Small shelters and rescue groups don't necessarily have the resources to hire behavioral experts. 

Rebecca Lohnes, behavior and training manager at the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, said her own experience working with clients at Lollypop Farm inspired her to organize the conference.