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


Rochester, New York (January 22, 2009) – David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and author, will guest host a 1370 Connection special on the state budget Friday, January 30 at 12 noon on AM1370/HD91.5-2. This radio special kicks off a new partnership WXXI’s Center for Public Affairs has with Johnston in the Center’s continuing effort to foster a deeper understanding of community issues. Johnston will also host a four-part economic history series, How Did We Get Here?, as part of Need to Know, beginning Friday, February 6 at 8:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (DT21.1/cable 1011). It will air for four consecutive Friday nights, and repeat the following Sunday at 12:30 p.m. The series will trace our economic system to the beginning of civilization, revealing founding principles and age-old struggles that have survived thousands of years of humanity. Each week, Johnston will provide an engaging new perspective on our current economic plight, through the words of philosophers, ancient stone carvings, powerful leaders, and an eloquent peasant.

Johnston recently retired from The New York Times, where he was a senior reporter covering tax policy and other economic issues. Johnston is also a columnist for the journal Tax Notes and teaches the law of the ancient world at Syracuse University Law School. He is also the author of three books, including New York Times best sellers Perfectly Legal and Free Lunch.

1370 Connection, WXXI’s two-hour talk and information show, airs weekdays from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on AM1370/HD91.5. It repeats weekdays at 9 p.m. Need to Know, WXXI’s weekly, in-depth news program, airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m. and rebroadcasts Sundays at 12:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (DT 21.1/cable 1011), and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. on AM1370/HD91.5-2. Podcasts of Need to Know episodes are available at <>.

WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. Log on to for more information about our services and programs.

Press Release Index