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

We welcomed Jay Palmer, the man who blew the whistle on immigration fraud at Infosys. Palmer was called a liar and lost his career, but was vindicated this past fall when Infosys paid a record settlement of $34 million. He talked about the challenges whistleblowers face.  

David Fetler has been conducting the Rochester Chamber Orchestra for 50 years and shows no signs of stopping. No conductor in the world has been doing it longer. As the RCO turns 50, we talked to David, along with Ray Grosswirth and Tom Paul, about the past and the future.

Then we heard from Erica Fee,  the producer of the Rochester Fringe Festival, which is now accepting applications from artists.   

NPR’s From the Top is coming to Rochester on Wednesday, May 19th. We talked to NPR’s host Christopher O’Riley, and we welcomed a group of young performers who will be on stage at the Eastman Theater’s Kodak Hall that night. 

If all of Rochester read the same book, it would be… The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey. Writers & Books selected Ivey’s highly acclaimed novel for their annual event, and Ivey joined Connections from Alaska to preview her visit later this month. 

It’s been a busy week in state politics, and we were joined by our capital correspondent Karen DeWitt to recap the news. We also heard about the worst winter damage in a decade in the Finger Lakes wine industry. 

It’s been five years since the federal government intervened to try to save the American auto industry. Has it worked? Just a couple of months ago, the federal government sold the final remaining shares of GM, ending its involvement. We looked at the numbers and the impact with UAW’s Dan Maloney.   

Carrie Andrews joined us in studio to talk about how Democrats view the ongoing investigation of LDCs. Andrews has called for a legislature-led investigation, to no avail. She talked about Democrats' proposals to protect taxpayers, and we looked at other county business.   

The Seneca Indians have purchased land in Henrietta with the possibility they may one day try to locate a casino there. This hour of connections looks at that idea with the CEO of the Seneca Gaming Corporation,  former Rochester Mayor Bill Johnson, and ROC-TV's Rachel Barnhart, who has reported extensively on the subject. 

The panel provides a view of  what's happening in Crimea with some local residents who have ties to Ukraine and Russia. We moved beyond the bellicosity and try to explore who's in Crimea, and why.   

In the first half the show we examine Multiple Sclerosis, a disease that is diagnosed 200 times every week in this country. Dee Mascari from the upstate New York chapter of the National MS Society joined us in studio.

In the second half of the show, we review the story of AIDS in America which is, strangely, sometimes forgotten in 2014. It was a huge story 30 years ago, but complacency has taken AIDS largely off our radar. The JCC CenterStage is getting ready to perform the Tony-Award-winning play The Normal Heart this month, and director Ralph Meranto explains why we can't forget about the AIDS epidemic.