Evan Dawson

Evan Dawson joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.

Evan is also the author of Summer in a Glass: The Coming Age of Winemaking in the Finger Lakes and is the managing editor/Finger Lakes editor for the New York Cork Report, a web site that offers independent news, reviews, and commentary about the New York wine industry.

He has written freelance articles on topics including politics, wine, travel, and Major League Baseball.

While denying Bob Morgan’s official exit from the Parcel 5 project, the Rochester Broadway Theater League held a private meeting for other local developers last week. Parcel 5 is an acre-sized piece of prime downtown real estate.

RBTL chairman Arnie Rothschild declined to call the meeting a “pitch session,” but acknowledged that RBTL is preparing for Morgan’s potential departure by trying to find a new developer – or two – to step in.

National Equal Pay Day just passed, and we’re taking a look at the state of inequality in pay between genders. We also look at new legislation related to sexual harassment in the workplace.

In studio:

  • Beth Cordello, chair of the labor and employment practice group at Pullano & Farrow
  • Julie Damerell, associate professor emeritus at MCC

Rochester does not make cut for Amazon HQ

Jan 18, 2018

Rochester will not be the home for Amazon’s second headquarters.

On Thursday morning, Amazon released the list of 20 finalist cities, pared down from an initial list of 238. Rochester did not make the cut.

Leaders in local economic development and government had recently expressed optimism that Rochester would land on the list of possible destinations.

Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to banish tips. The governor has argued workers who rely on tips have a harder time coming forward with concerns, and consequently are more vulnerable to exploitation and harassment. But restaurant, car wash, and nail salon trade groups say the tipped credit is critical to their survival. 

We discuss it with our guests:

  • Art Rogers, James Beard-nominated chef and owner of Lento
  • Christina DiPilato, server at Rocco
  • Samantha Pompili, general manager of a local tavern


Buzzfeed's Ben Smith, among other writers, are saying that Big Tech is in trouble. He says Facebook and Google are too big, too powerful, too complacent -- and soon, both consumers and Congress will come for them.

Is he right? Is Facebook primed for a fall? We discuss a future in which Facebook falls, Google shrinks, and everyone posts fewer status updates. Our guests:

  • Scott Malouf, attorney whose work focuses on the intersection between social media and the law
  • Mike Johansson, lecturer at RIT and social media consultant with Fixitology

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