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Contact: Kristin Tutino, Station Publicist, 585-258-0235

WXXI’S NEED TO KNOW NOMINATED FOR A NEW YORK EMMY

(Rochester, New York) February 23, 2009 – WXXI’s news and public affairs program, Need to Know, has been nominated for a New York Emmy Award in the News Special category for its Response to Murder report. The special edition went beyond the sound bite reporting on community violence and told the powerful story of the murder of a 16-year-old Rochester boy. The special explored how the Rochester community was affected when Daniel Davis was murdered in the City. The 52nd Annual New York Emmy® Awards gala will be held on Sunday, March 29, 2009 at the New York Marriott Marquis, Times Square.

In Response to Murder, WXXI Reporter Carlet Cleare and Videographer Marty Kaufman explored the killing of 16-year-old Daniel Davis, who was shot to death in a stranger’s driveway on May 12, 2008. Through the voices of people connected to the incident, the reportlooked at how the community’s law enforcement, emergency services, media, educators, teens, and many others reacted when a young black male was lost to violence. The report was edited by Marty Kaufman and Dinh La, and written and produced by Julie Philipp.
After Davis’ story was told, WXXI Managing Editor Julie Philipp and WDKX’s Liz Medhin talked with Rochester Police Chief David Moore, and took viewer calls commenting on issues raised by the program. The Need to Know special began an ongoing community dialogue about violence in Rochester on WXXI television, radio and Web.

Need to Know is Rochester's only in-depth news and public affairs program. Need to Know provides balanced and in-depth coverage on community issues that matter to Rochesterians. The program is produced by WXXI's Center for Public Affairs and hosted by WXXI’s Managing Editor Julie Philipp. It airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m. and rebroadcasts Sundays at 12:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11)/WXXI-HD (DT 21.1/cable 1011). It also airs Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. on AM 1370/HD91.5-2.

The New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, founded in 1955, is the preeminent membership organization serving the television industry. NY NATAS fosters creativity and inspires excellence through the renowned Emmy® Award, the most prestigious honor and most coveted peer-recognition symbol of distinction in television.

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