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Contact: Juan Vazquez, Innovation Trail, Managing Facilitator, 585-258-0240

INNOVATION TRAIL WINS THREE FIRST PLACE AWARDS FROM THE NEW YORK STATE ASSOCIATED PRESS BROADCASTER ASSOCIATION

Rochester, New York (June 7, 2011) – WXXI’s Innovation Trail reporters brought home three first place awards and several special mentions from the New York State Associated Press Broadcaster Association (NYSAPBA) at the association’s annual awards ceremony held in Saratoga Springs, New York on Saturday, June 4, 2011. Innovation Trail is a group of journalists from five upstate New York public media outlets led by WXXI who are dedicated to providing in-depth reports about the innovative technologies, businesses, and policies that are helping rebuild the region’s economy.

The Innovation Trail team earned a first place award for its news series Reinventing the Windmill, a project that focused on the controversial issue of wind energy. Innovation Trail reporters Zack Seward, Daniel Robison, Ryan Morden, and Emma Jacobs filed more than two dozen feature reports, spot reports, and blog posts on the issue. The series concluded with a live call-in show hosted by Innovation Trail editor Rachel Ward. Morden, reporting out of WRVO in Syracuse, was also recognized for his body of Innovation Trail work – winning first place in the small market category. Robison, reporting out of WNED in Buffalo, won first place for a medium market station in best enterprise reporting for his West Valley nuclear reprocessing facility feature.

Innovation Trail is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Led by WXXI, it is a collaboration among WNED (Buffalo), WRVO (Syracuse/Oswego), WSKG (Binghamton) and WMHT (Albany). To learn more, and read their news stories visit: www.InnovationTrail.org/.

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