Evan Dawson

Connections Host

Evan Dawson joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.

Evan is also the author of Summer in a Glass: The Coming Age of Winemaking in the Finger Lakes and is the managing editor/Finger Lakes editor for the New York Cork Report, a web site that offers independent news, reviews, and commentary about the New York wine industry.

He has written freelance articles on topics including politics, wine, travel, and Major League Baseball.

Ways to Connect


First hour: Understanding the changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program

Second hour: How Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy can be used to treat chronic pain

We discuss a new campaign at the House of Mercy. The Radical Compassion campaign is "actively working to preserve, promote and restore the dignity, value and independence of every human person without distinction or judgment."

This hour, we talk about the goals of the campaign and we hear how radical compassion has helped the House of Mercy fulfill its mission. Our guests:

We begin the hour with a conversation about priorities for Rochester with City Council candidate Stanley Martin. Our goal is to talk with all of the Council candidates on the ballot prior to Election Day.

Martin answers our questions and your about why she’s running and what she hopes to accomplish, if elected. Our guest:

The Ibero-American Action League and Rochester Latinx leaders have released a 53-page document outlining their recommendations for how to address issues that impact Rochester’s Latinx community.

This hour, we discuss the 2021 Rochester Latinx Agenda and its priorities relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Our guests:

First hour: The 2021 Rochester Latinx Agenda

Second hour: Candidates for Rochester City Council, part 4; Discussing the House of Mercy's Radical Compassion campaign

Local breast cancer experts say there's misinformation being circulated about when to have mammograms. We talk about the latest in screening, treatment, and research for breast cancer -- especially during the pandemic.

Our guests:

  • Avice O'Connell, M.D., director of women's imaging, and professor in the Department of Imaging Sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Carla Falkson, M.D., medical director of Pluta Cancer Center, director of the Breast Oncology Clinical Research program and Breast Cancer Service Line, and professor in Department of Medicine and the Cancer Center at the Wilmot Cancer Institute
  • Andrea Reynolds, mom and metastatic breast cancer advocate
  • Megan Mack, executive producer of "Connections" who is being treated for breast cancer

We continue our conversations with candidates for Rochester City Council. We've invited every candidate on the ballot to talk about their priorities for the city.

Our guests this hour:

*Stanley Martin cancelled her appearance on the program Monday morning. She will now join the program on Tuesday, October 19 at 1 p.m.

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First hour: Candidates for Rochester City Council, part 3

Second hour: Discussing screening and treatment for breast cancer in 2021

Local children's health advocates say they are increasingly concerned about the mental and behavioral health needs among the community's kids. They say the pandemic, violence in schools and the community, and the stressors of living in poverty have left many children -- especially those from disadvantaged communities -- with unmet needs.

This hour, our guests examine the gaps in services and make their recommendations for how to increase access to care. Our guests:

Voters in New York will see five proposals on the ballot this Election Day. Two relate to voting rights and one pertains to clean air and water. What do voters need to know? And what impact would the proposals have, if passed?

We discuss these questions with our guests: