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


Rochester, New York (June 28, 2011) – WXXI received three awards for Excellence in Broadcasting from the New York State Broadcasters Association (NYSBA).  The awards were presented at NYSBA’s annual banquet at the Sagamore Resort Hotel in Bolton Landing New York. The awards recognize outstanding achievement among New York's radio and television stations. WXXI’s President Norm Silverstein, along with Education and Media Producer Lisa Famiglietti and Assignment: The World host Teej Jenkins accepted the awards.

Assignment the World (ATW), produced by WXXI Public Broadcasting in conjunction with The Associated Press, received the NYSBA Award in the “Best Individual Program or Series Designed for Children” category. The series brings the top news stories from around the globe into classrooms each week as host Teej Jenkins guides students through complex issues in a safe environment. ATW is used in classrooms throughout the United States to help students understand global events, and to supplement curriculum in Social Studies and English.
WXXI News earned a NYSBA Award for its State of Disrepair Series. As part of a larger statewide reporting project, WXXI's Helene Biandudi, Carlet Cleare, and Zack Seward investigated and filed reports on bridges, water treatment facilities, and rural broadband in communities near Rochester.

WXXI News was also awarded a NYSBA Award in the “Best Feature Story” category for its Rochester Interfaith Hospitality feature reported by WXXI’s Jeanne Fisher. The story looked at a Rochester area program that has had impressive results in helping homeless families get back on their feet. The Rochester Interfaith Hospitality Network, or RIHN, has served over 200 families since opening six years ago.

 The New York State Broadcasters Association represents the interests of over 300 television and radio station in the New York State Assembly, the United States Congress, and various other legislative bodies. Since 1955, NYSBA has fought many battles on behalf of broadcasters including opening New York’s courtrooms to broadcast television coverage, putting broadcasters on equal economic footing with newspapers, and defending the confidential sources of broadcast journalists.

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.

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