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

AM1370 REPORTER RACHEL WARD CHOSEN TO PARTICIPATE IN THE NPR NEWS ECONOMIC TRAINING PROJECT

Rochester, New York (May 19, 2009) – WXXI news reporter and All Thing Considered local host Rachel Ward has earned a fellowship for the NPR News Economic Training Project. Nearly 100 reporters nationwide applied for the program. Ward was one of only 20 selected. The NPR News Economic Training Project seeks to grow strong coverage of economic and business news across public radio, with a particular emphasis on work being done at local member stations. The project will train local public radio journalists to report and produce high-quality regional economy stories, and generate stories for local and national broadcasts. 
Ward will spend nearly four months developing local economic stories under the direction of the project's supervising editor, and will attend a weeklong workshop in Los Angeles in June 2009. WXXI nominated Ward to further strengthen its extensive lineup of economic news and analysis on radio, television and online.  For information, go to WXXI.org/economy.
Ward signed on with WXXI as local host of All Things Considered and reporter in April 2007. A native of Columbia, Maryland, Ward earned her Master of Arts degree in Telecommunications from Ohio University. Prior to joining WXXI, Ward worked for public and non-commercial radio stations in Ohio and Washington, D.C.

You can hear Ward weekdays on All Things Considered from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on AM1370/HD91.5-2 and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on WRUR-FM 88.5. Ward resides in West Irondequoit with her fiancé Stephan.

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