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

MICHAEL CAPUTO STEPS DOWN AS WXXI-TV’S NEWS DIRECTOR
BUT CONTINUES HIS POLITICAL NOTEBOOK

(Rochester, New York) June 5 2006 – Michael Caputo, WXXI-TV’s News and Public Affairs Director for the past four years, has accepted a position with the Center for Governmental Research but he will continue to provide political analysis for WXXI. Caputo will also continue writing his Political Notebook, a weekly political analysis blog posted on WXXI's Web site, wxxi.org and linked to www.cgr.org, the Center for Governmental Research Web site. In addition, Caputo will present the Political Notebook every Monday morning at 8:35 on AM 1370 during Morning Edition, where he talks with local host Alex Crichton about the political news of the day. Julie Philipp has been named acting WXXI-TV News Director. 

“Michael has been an asset to our organization, making great contributions in our news department,” said Norm Silverstein, WXXI’s President & CEO. “We’re pleased that he has agreed to continue his Political Notebook with us, and I’m sure our radio listeners and WXXI Newsroom web readers are as well.”

Caputo launched his Political Notebook in 2005 and since then, it has evolved into a weekly column posted on WXXI's Public Newsroom at wxxi.org and printed in the Messenger-Post Newspapers, which will also continue. “We’re delighted to have Mike Caputo joining us here at CGR and are also pleased to be able to strengthen ties between CGR and WXXI,” said Kent Gardner, President & Chief Economist for the Center for Governmental Research. “Mike’s continued role with the Political Notebook makes sense for both organizations.”

A journalist for 17 years, Caputo started as a radio reporter at a news station in the suburbs outside of New York City (Rockland County). For more than a decade he was a print journalist at a variety of New York State papers including the Democrat and Chronicle. At WXXI, Caputo produced and hosted the weekly news magazine Need to Know. Caputo resides in Rochester with his wife Susan Lundy and their two children.

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