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. 

The Landmark Society of Western New York says the Rochester region is at the tipping point of a crisis because of a shortage of workers skilled in the traditional trades.

Carpenters, masons, painters, and professionals who work with stained glass and metal are in short supply as veteran practitioners approach retirement. These are the skills needed to rehabilitate historic buildings in the region.

"This could be an opportunity for jobs and job training for folks in the community," said Landmark Society preservation planner Caitlin Meives.

Scientists and engineers from around the world will be gathering in Rochester this week for the annual meeting of the Optical Society of America.

One symposium is focusing on the special challenges faced by women in the STEM fields.

"We are bringing women into the field, but they are not growing through the field," said Jie Qiao, an RIT associate professor, who founded and chairs the group Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship (WiSTEE).

Rochester may not be the first place most people think of when they're dreaming about where they want to retire, but the latest issue of AARP The Magazine ranks Rochester as one of the top ten cities where you can live a good life on $40,000 a year.

“We looked at a figure that's a kind of middle retirement income figure,” said Mary Hickey, editor at AARP Media. “We know our members. We know a lot of them live on Social Security, pensions, and savings, so we calculated it from there."

RIT is participating in a national project to increase the number of women and minorities enrolled in graduate physics programs.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, ethnic and racial minorities earned only 7 percent of the physics doctoral degrees that were conferred between 2012 and 2014. Nineteen percent of the graduates were women.

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.