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. 

Compared to cities the same size, Rochester ranks second in overall poverty, first in child poverty, extreme poverty, and the rate of poverty for female-headed families.

Those are some of the findings in a report released Tuesday by ACT Rochester and the Rochester Community Foundation showing that poverty continues to be a growing problem in the region.

ACT Rochester senior director Ann Johnson it’s a crisis that has been decades in the making.

McQuaid Jesuit High School in Brighton is getting ready to break ground on a $20 million STEM education center.

Principal Adam Baber said the two-story, 36,000-square-foot building will stand at the site of a residence that once housed Jesuit brothers and priests.

He said a facility dedicated to science, technology, engineering and math education makes sense.

Monroe Community College says there is a growing need for more people to become trained to work in government security and emergency management jobs.

MCC is enrolling students in a new associate degree program in homeland security starting this fall. The program is in response to the fact that the security field in general is growing.

A Rochester-based employment attorney says she would not be surprised to see New York and other states pursue equal pay legislation that was just passed by lawmakers in Massachusetts.

When the law goes into effect next July, Massachusetts will be the first state to bar employers from asking job applicants about their previous salaries. 

The measure is intended to make sure that historically low salaries earned by women and minorities don't follow them for their entire careers.

Elected officials and representatives of the Avon School District got together this afternoon to show off what they're calling the largest public school solar array project in New York State.

Avon School Superintendent Aaron Johnson says the array, which is located on 7.5 acres of land just east of the high school, will mean a fixed energy rate for the district for the next 25 years.