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(Rochester, New York) November 23, 2012 – Starting Monday, November 26, award-winning journalist Beth Adams returns to the airwaves in Rochester as local host of NPR’s Morning Edition. Adams will be heard weekdays at 5 a.m. on WXXI's AM 1370 and WRUR FM 88.5.
“We’re proud to welcome Beth Adams as the newest member of the WXXI family,” said Norm Silverstein, President of WXXI. “She will be a great addition to our news department, which already boasts a dedicated group of journalists focused on in-depth reporting on issues that concern our community and state.”

Adams has been part of Rochester’s radio landscape for more than 20 years, and is best known as former co-host of WHAM 1180’s morning news show. She has broadcast from the White House, two Olympic Games, and the Buffalo Bills’ first trip to the Super Bowl in 1991. She also served as News Anchor for WIOD in Miami, Florida, and News Director for WELM/WLVY in Elmira, New York. Adams is the recipient of an award from the Associated Press New York State Broadcasters Association for best spot news coverage and from the New York State Humane Society for media advocacy.

She recently served as Marketing and Communications Specialist at Bivona Child Advocacy Center. Adams is a cum laude graduate of the State University College of New York at Buffalo with a B.A. in Broadcasting. She and her husband author Scott Pitoniak reside in Rochester.

With the addition of Adams, former local host of Morning Edition Alex Crichton moves to afternoon drive time, hosting All Things Considered from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on AM 1370 and 4p.m. to 6 p.m. on WRUR-FM 88.5. Hélène Biandudi, former local host of All Things Considered, will now be dedicated to full-time reporting with a focus on education. She’ll also increase her role as a contributor to WXXI-TV's Need to Know Rochester.  

Morning Edition is also broadcast from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. on AM 1370, from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. on WRUR-FM 88.5 and from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. on WXXY-FM 90.3 Houghton, in the Southern Tier.


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