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Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253



Rochester, New York (November 22, 2010) Hélène Biandudi, WXXI News reporter and local host of NPR’s All Things Considered, has been selected to participate in a highly competitive NPR seminar, Covering Issues in Education. The training is part of NPR’s effort to improve local coverage of education across the country. Only 14 reporters were selected from NPR-member stations across the country to take part in this two-day seminar, November 30-December 1.

Biandudi will work with other reporters and NPR editors to identify common issues and themes across state borders.  NPR hopes participants leave with fresh ideas on covering issues in K-12 and higher education for local audiences, as well as ideas for collaborating on regional stories. 
Biandudi covers the education beat in Rochester for WXXI News, and recently reported on the plight of black male students in the Rochester City School District for a special edition of Need to Know Rochester. As part of the special, Biandudi presented three powerful profiles of young men who faced significant challenges as they try to beat the odds.

Biandudi can be heard weekdays from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. during All Things Considered on AM 1370, WRUR-FM 88.5 (until 6 p.m.), FM-HD 91.5-2., WXXY-FM 90.1 (Houghton), and In addition to delivering the latest news on air, Biandudi files news stories, as well as produces special segments for WXXI-TV’s Need to Know Rochester. 

Prior to joining WXXI, Biandudi worked for 48 Hours at CBS as the executive and editorial assistant to the show’s executive producer, Susan Zirinsky. Biandudi has a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism from New York University, and is a member of the Rochester Association of Black Journalists. She currently resides in Rochester.



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