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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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.

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Researchers already know that strong social connections are a key factor in determining whether a person is at risk of suicide.

A new study, published in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, looks specifically at the social connections between high school students and adults, and how those relationships impact the student suicide rate at their schools.

Each year in the U.S., thousands of children are born with life-long disabilities because they were exposed to alcohol before they were born.

Between 2 and 5 percent of the U.S. population is diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, or FASD.

"That is a very large number of people," said Christie Petrenko, a research psychologist. "It's pretty comparable to the rates of autism, or maybe even a tad higher, and much higher than things like Down Syndrome."

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It's September, not too long before holiday mail and packages start arriving.

For those concerned about "porch pirates" walking off with their packages, the U.S. Postal Service offers a free service to help customers keep track of their mail.

It's called Informed Delivery. When you register online, you get a daily email with scanned images of what will be delivered to your home that day. If it's a package, you'll see the tracking number. 

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The 800-pound butter sculpture that was on display at the New York State Fair isn't one, gigantic, solid slab of butter.

It was sculpted around a hollow, wood frame. 

"So, when it's all said and done," said Chris Noble, watching the deconstruction of the sculpture Tuesday morning at the State Fairgrounds, "it looks like a bit of a butter zombie, because all you have left is the frame and the plywood behind it."

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A complex and sometimes tense dance between a man and a horse was playing out in a pasture at the EquiCenter ranch in Honeoye Falls on a late August morning.

The man was retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steve Bunch. The horse was Liberty, a formerly wild mustang who, until several months ago, never had any contact with humans.

"I've learned more from that horse than any therapist has ever taught me," Bunch said.

Horse trainer Emma Minteer is a short distance away, closely watching the movements of Bunch and Liberty.                          

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As thousands of students across Rochester and western New York head back to class next week, a small group will start the school year in a unique way.

A dozen students are enrolled in a high school program based on the philosophies of Henry David Thoreau.

The Walden Project is based at Cumming Nature Center in Naples, where students study and work outdoors in the woods or on the trails much of the time, and in all kinds of weather.

Dave Andreatta will be the new editor of CITY Newspaper starting September 16.

WXXI acquired CITY in May, and the hiring of Andreatta was announced Wednesday by  WXXI’s subsidiary, Rochester Area Media Partners.

Andreatta brings to the position nearly 20 years of experience as an investigative journalist and columnist for a variety of newspapers, most recently the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

He will succeed CITY co-founder and co-publisher Mary Anna Towler, who is retiring.

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Most of the dogs seized several weeks ago in an animal cruelty case in Naples will soon be looking for new homes.

The Ontario County District Attorney’s office says Richard Justice agreed to surrender all 85 of the dogs and Jane Justice relinquished her rights to 80 of the dogs taken from the couples' home. 

Dianne Faas, shelter manager at the Ontario County Humane Society, says the dogs will soon be available for adoption, and there's no lack of interest.