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. 

A much milder than normal winter has meant an earlier start to the maple syrup season in New York.

Helen Thomas, executive director of the New York Maple Producers Association, says her own farm south of Rochester has already produced 20 percent of its annual crop.  That's a couple of weeks ahead of the typical yearly pace.

For Rochester area Xerox employees, anxiety and uncertainty about the future are accompanying Friday morning's announcement that the company will divide into two independent publicly traded companies. 

As part of the move, CEO Ursula Burns also announced a three-year plan to save $2.4 billion across all segments.

RIT assistant professor of accounting, Dan Tessoni, says the clearest path to that goal is a reduced labor force.

A curriculum designed to inspire young entrepreneurs which began at the University of Rochester in 2004 is now expanding internationally.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) will launch its first program in Mumbai, India this year.

Founder and CEO Gayle Jagel said Namita Thapar, CFO and Executive Board member of Emcure Pharmaceuticals, Ltd, and founder of Incredible Ideas Ltd,  read about the program in the New York Times last year decided to bring it to India.

When Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Beau Biden, died of brain cancer last year, the vice president said with a new “Moonshot”, America can find a cure for cancer.

President Obama announced during his State of the Union address Tuesday that he wants to launch an initiative to do just that, and he has appointed Biden to lead it.

Funding for cancer research has been declining for about the past decade, but many experts say advances in research will require more than money.


Cosmetic products containing small plastic beads are now banned from being sold in Erie County.

The measure was signed into law this week, following a unanimous vote by that county's legislature in July.

Microbeads are found in products such as facial scrubs and lotions and even toothpaste. On an ingredient label they are listed as polyethylene, polypropylene, or acrylates co-polymer.

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