WXXI AM News

Megan Mack

Connections Executive Producer

Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming. She joined the WXXI News team from WHEC-TV, where she produced newscasts and "The Olympic Zone," and from the University of Rochester, where she served as an assistant director of public relations. Her background extends to television sports and entertainment, and to communications and social media management for non-profits.

Megan earned her B.S. in Television-Radio-Film from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and her B.A. in Italian Language, Literature, and Culture from the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University. She is also a graduate of The Second City’s Conservatory program.

Ways to Connect

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

First hour: Why New Zealand has been so effective in crushing the coronavirus

Second hour: The future of choirs and singing during the pandemic

We talk with local servers about their experiences with restaurants reopening. Many establishments opened for outdoor seating in Phase 2, and now, in Phase 3, customers are also back to dining indoors.

What are the safety guidelines for customers and for staff? Are people following those rules? Our guests share their experiences and observations:

During Tuesday's primary, WXXI News heard from voters across Monroe County about issues at the polls: they expressed confusion over polling locations changing, multiple ballots, challenges with technology, and more. Some candidates have shared concerns about possible voter suppression. So what happened?

This hour, our guests talk about what they saw on Primary Day, and what needs to change heading into November's election. We hear from local voters as well. Our guests:

First hour: Discussing issues at the polls on Primary Day

Second hour: Local servers on the scene at restaurants that have reopened

Long lines and malfunctioning voting machines in Georgia's primary election renewed conversations about voting rights, especially those for disenfranchised voters. The New York Times called the issues a "full-scale meltdown of new voting systems." Those systems were put in place after claims of voter suppression in 2018.

Discussions about voter suppression are happening throughout the country, with concerns about what could happen in November. This hour, we're joined by RIT professor Donathan Brown to discuss voting rights and policies. His research focuses on race and public policy, and he's the co-author of "Voting Rights Under Fire: The Continuing Struggle for People of Color." He helps us understand voting issues throughout the country, both past and present. Our guest:

  • Donathan Brown, assistant provost and assistant vice president for faculty diversity and recruitment, and professor in the School of Communication at RIT

Local author Alex Sanchez has a new graphic novel for young adults. "You Brought Me the Ocean" is the story of a teenager struggling to come out as gay...and as a superhero. The book was published by DC Comics and is part of the DC universe.

We talk with Sanchez about the book, what he hopes readers take from the story, and about broader issues affecting the LGBTQ community. Our guest:

First hour: Author Alex Sanchez and his new graphic novel, "You Brought Me the Ocean"

Second hour: Discussing voting rights and voter suppression in America, past and present

We continue our series of conversations about how to discuss race and racism. Companies across the country are grappling with how to have those conversations internally. Some have coordinated dialogue circles, town halls, and listening sessions, where employees share their experiences with racism, white privilege, and discrimination.

WXXI staff members recently participated in listening sessions. We've invited members from one of the breakout groups on Connections to share what they discussed, their responses to recent events, and their thoughts on the value of having uncomfortable conversations. Our guests:

  • Mona Isler, executive assistant and staff liaison to the board at WXXI
  • Tashanda Thomas, director of human resources for WXXI
  • Laura Garrison, vice president for development at WXXI and the Little Theatre

As of earlier this month, Monroe County has seen an increase in opioid overdoses -- both fatal and non-fatal --compared to this time last year. The work of first responders who arrive at the scene can be the difference between life and death.

A new documentary called "Opioids from Inside: First Responders" explores the epidemic from the perspective of firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics who are on the front lines. The film airs on WXXI-TV on Tuesday, but first, we get a preview with the men and women featured in it. They discuss their work and how the crisis has affected them personally. Our guests:

  • David Marshall, director and co-producer of "Opioids from Inside: First Responders"
  • Lt. John Vagg, Rochester Fire Department
  • Dr. Scott Dent, M.D., family medicine specialist at Rochester Regional Health
  • Krista Lattuca, Rochester resident in recovery, and recovery coach at Rochester Regional Health  

First hour: Previewing the documentary, "Opioids from Inside: First Responders"

Second hour: How companies can have conversations about race

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