For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253


Rochester, New York (February 7, 2006) – Students in grades four through eight that watch Assignment: The World will see a new face on the set. Tiawana (Teej) Jenkins has been named the new host of the nation’s longest-running classroom program. Rebecca Gibney has also joined the program as segment producer.

Assignment: The World is a collaboration with the Associated Press that delivers news and current events in a safe environment for young people. The program, produced by WXXI, is used in classrooms in 15 states and is broadcast on more than 90 public television stations. Assignment: The World airs Thursdays and Fridays at 6 a.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) throughout the school year.

Jenkins, who is WXXI’s TV Traffic Coordinator, has been with the station for the past five years. No stranger to television, she has been in-front the camera as on-air talent for membership drives. She’s also worked behind-the-scenes as an operations technician for various WXXI-TV productions. Jenkins is active with the Rochester Museum and Science Center Players and most recently played Grandma Betsy in the Frederick Douglass exhibit at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Jenkins has her Associates Degree in Communications and Media Arts from Monroe Community College. She resides in Rochester.

Gibney is an operations technician and works on various WXXI-TV productions including Homework Hotline as Associate Producer and nationally distributed Second Opinion as Production Assistant and Content Researcher. As the Segment Producer for Assignment: The World, she produces specials that highlight people with interesting careers and lifestyles. These segments run in conjunction with the news headlines. In addition to her work at WXXI, Gibney has worked on several productions including a music video, short films, the feature film Cherry Crush, and is currently working on a marketing video. She enjoys theater and is part of the Geva Comedy Improv Team. Gibney received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications with a focus in TV/Digital Film Production from SUNY Fredonia. She resides in Rochester but grew up in Webster and graduated from Webster-Schroeder High School.

Jenkins and Gibney join a talented crew at Assignment: The World including Senior Producer/Director John Overlan and Writer Wyatt Doremus. Assignment: The World is distributed nationally by the Agency for Instructional Technology in Bloomington, IN (


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