Beth Adams

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. 

When refugees and immigrants come to the U.S., language is often a big barrier to getting a job.

Isse Abukar is a Somalian who came to Rochester 21 years ago after spending four years in a refugee camp in Kenya.  Abukar speaks multiple languages but he still had trouble, at first, making the right connections to secure contracts for his commercial cleaning business.

Now, Abukar has several clients and hopes to sign a contract soon with the Rochester Housing Authority. He has four employees.

There are about 2,100 vacant, city-owned lots in Rochester. Three hundred of them are in the Marketview Heights neighborhood alone.

That's where a team of students spent the summer gathering information that can be used to turn some of those abandoned properties into assets for their community.

Students from city high schools and RIT went from lot to lot using phone apps to record specific facts about what they saw.

Monday's solar eclipse captured the fascination of millions of people around the U.S., but for scientists the cosmic phenomenon opened the door to research that extends beyond potential astronomical discoveries.

Researchers at SUNY Geneseo are hoping to learn more about the wildlife in parts of the Rochester region through audio recordings they made before and during the partial eclipse.

They placed recorders in four locations from Rush to Letchworth State Park; two in forested areas, one in a grassland, and one at the edge of a farmer’s field.

Engineering researchers at RIT say they're working on a “wire revolution” that could have implications for the military in the near term and possibly for consumers in a few years.

A team at the Kate Gleason College of Engineering has won a $1 million dollar grant from the Department of Energy to develop more efficient, durable, and cost-effective carbon nanotube technology that could one day replace traditional copper wiring used in electronic components and systems.

Why is it that so often when we meet someone for the first time we ask, “What do you do?” Do our jobs really define us? What more can we learn about someone when we look beyond how they earn a paycheck?

These questions and more are the inspiration documentary play written and performed by two Spencerport natives. Kate Marple and Melissa Bergstrom’s “Big Work” examines our modern day relationship to our jobs and the ripple effect this has on our lives.

Kate and Melissa are co-founders of Perpetual Visitors Theater Company in Boston.

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