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Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253

WXXI’S KAREN DEWITT NAMED MEDIA PERSON OF THE YEAR BY THE WOMEN’S PRESS CLUB OF NEW YORK STATE

Rochester, New York (May 27, 2010) – WXXI’s Capitol Bureau Correspondent Karen DeWitt was named "2009 Media Person of the Year" by the Women's Press Club of New York State at its 44th Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation last week. DeWitt was acknowledged for her accomplishments covering news in Albany for WXXI and nine other NYS Public Radio member stations.

"Karen’s professionalism, insightful and thoughtful reporting has been, and continues to be a model for others in our field," writes Press Club President Deborah Sturm Rausch in a letter announcing DeWitt’s award.

DeWitt has covered state government and politics since 1990. She is also a regular contributor to the statewide public television program about New York State government, New York Now, and is a frequent guest on WXXI-TV’s news and public affairs program, Need to Know Rochester.

DeWitt previously worked for WINS Radio, New York, and has written for numerous publications, including Adirondack Life and the Albany newsweekly Metroland. She is a past recipient of the prestigious Walter T. Brown Memorial award for excellence in journalism from the Legislative Correspondents Association. DeWitt is a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo.

The Women’s Press Club was formed in 1966 by a small group of women journalists committed to supporting women in the communications profession. Today, its members include women and men, who work for radio and television stations, newspapers, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private companies. They are also freelance writers, entrepreneurs and students.

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