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

ASSIGNMENT: THE WORLD NAMES CARLET CLEARE INTERIM HOST

Rochester, New York (December 9, 2009) – Assignment: The World (ATW), WXXI’s national instructional television program that delivers news and current events to 4th through 8th graders, has announced that Carlet Cleare will serve as interim host beginning January 1, 2010.  Cleare is a reporter and producer for WXXI’s Center for Public Affairs. Her news stories can be heard on AM 1370, and seen on WXXI-TV’s public affairs program, Need to Know.

Cleare will be filling in for ATW host Teej Jenkins, who will be on maternity leave starting January 1, 2010. Jenkins has hosted ATW since 2007, and will return to the set in March 2010.

ATW is the nation's longest-running classroom program, produced by WXXI Public Broadcasting in conjunction with The Associated Press. Each week, the programbrings the top news stories from around the globe, guiding students through complex issues in a safe environment. ATW airs on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable1011/cable11) on Thursdays and Fridays at 6 a.m. throughout the school year, and on more than 90 public television stations across the country. The program is also streamed on the Web. ATW is taped by schools and used in classrooms across the country. The program’s length is 15 minutes, designed to fit into the structure of a classroom period. The program is distributed nationally by the Agency for Instructional Technology in Bloomington, IN (www.ait.net).

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