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

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First hour: Understanding cannabis law in NYS

Second hour: Assemblymember Demond Meeks on proposed gun control legislation; RCSD students on reopening schools

When – if ever – should the classics be modernized? In a recent piece for the Atlantic Monthly, David Sims argues that the new Cinderella film available on Amazon Prime is “a mess”. Sims writes, “Like the worst modernizations, Cinderella feels like the result of out-of-touch executives trying to identify the hip new thing.”

Is Sims being overly critical? What are the characteristics of a successful adaptation? We discuss these questions and more with our guests:

The academic year begins this week, and for many students in the region, it will be the first time they will be back in the classroom full time. Experts say returning to full-time school will be a big adjustment for some students.

This hour, we discuss how educators and caregivers can be prepared to assist students who may have behavioral or mental health needs. Our guests:

  • Melissa Heatly, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Leah Hill, clinical engagement specialist at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Shaun Nelms, Ed.D., superintendent of East High EPO, and associate professor (clinical) and interim associate dean for graduate studies at the Warner School of Education

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First hour: Addressing students' behavioral and mental health needs as they return to school

Second hour: When should the classics be modernized?

First hour: "The Uncertain Hour"

Second hour: "Sacred Ground: A September 11th Special from NPR"

We're joined by local music teachers who share how their work has changed during the pandemic. From voice lessons, to teaching students to play instruments, to music theory, teachers have faced challenges. We hear how they've adapted.

Our guests:

  • Rachel Dobbs, music educator at the George Mather Forbes School #4 in the Rochester City School District
  • Lisa Miller, chair of the Music Department, and vocal director for grades 5-12 at the Sodus Central School District

College students are back on campus for another academic year in the pandemic. We talk with representatives from three local colleges about how they are handling pandemic safety.

Our guests:

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First hour: How local colleges are handling pandemic safety

Second hour: Music teachers on challenges they've faced during the pandemic

What are your favorite podcasts this year? We talk about the most interesting and popular podcasts of 2021. Our guests share their picks, and we invite you to weigh in with your favorites as well.

Our guests:

Was the messy evacuation from Afghanistan inevitable? Or could we have pulled all of our Afghan allies out in time? Todd Moss was deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. He's a Pittsford graduate who has worked in foreign affairs for most of his career.

We discuss how bureaucracy cost our allies, and what lessons the foreign policy establishment can learn going forward. Our guest:

  • Todd Moss, former Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State