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


Rochester, New York January 16, 2009 – On Monday, January 19 WXXI's Carlet Cleare and NPR’s Margot Adler will board a bus, chartered by the Rochester New York Chapter of Barbers & Beauticians, headed to Washington, DC for the Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. Cleare will provide local reports throughout her trip, while Adler will file her stories for NPR. Their reports can be heard during Morning Edition (5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.) and All Things Considered (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.) on WXXI-AM 1370 and WRUR FM 88.5. Upon her return, Cleare will join Bob Smith on 1370 Connection on Wednesday, January 21 at 12 noon on AM 1370/HD91.5-2 to share her experience with listeners.

Monroe County Legislator Willie Lightfoot, who owns a barbershop, organized the Rochester New York Chapter of Barbers & Beauticians for Obama trip. The chartered bus will leave the evening of Monday, January 19 and return on Wednesday, January 21. Cleare and Adler will attend the swearing-in ceremony and the Inaugural Parade.

Cleare joined WXXI’s Center for Public Affairs as a part-time reporter/producer in January 2008. She is also a barber, and has worked at Dixon Barber Shop for ten years. At WXXI she reports on news topics relevant to the community, and helps to create and develop story ideas to produce comprehensive and compelling news stories. Cleare earned her Associates degree in Communications in Media Arts from Monroe Community College in 2004 and received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications/Journalism at St. John Fisher College in 2006.

Margot Adler is an NPR correspondent based in NPR's New York Bureau. Her reports can be heard regularly on All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition. Adler specializes in in-depth features, focused on reporting the human story in New York City. Adler received her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Master's degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York in 1970. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1982.

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