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

For Immediate Release

THREE WXXI STAFFERS RECEIVE ROCHESTER MEDIA ASSOCIATION AWARDS

(Rochester, New York) July 17, 2013 – WXXI’s Beth Adams, local host of Morning Edition, Alex Crichton, local host of All Things Considered, and Lisa Famiglietti, Education and Multimedia Producer were all award recipients at the Rochester Media Association Awards Banquet held at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on June 15, 2013.

Adams received the Impact Award, which honors individuals with distinguished careers in local media who also have made substantial contributions to the community.  Adams joined WXXI as local host of Morning Edition on AM 1370 in 2012 after a more than two decade radio career. She was the longtime host of the WHAM Morning News in Rochester, where she was recognized for her work by the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the New York State Humane Society.  This year’s Impact Award winners – which also include Rich Funke, former News10NBC anchor and Jack Garner, critic and columnist for the Democrat and Chronicle joined last year’s honorees Don Alhart, longtime WHAM-TV Channel 13 anchor; Carol Ritter Wright, retired reporter and columnist for the Democrat and Chronicle; and Brother Wease, radio personality with 95.1.

Crichton was honored with the Established Media Professional Award. Local host of All Things Considered on AM 1370, Crichton delivers local news, weather and traffic reports beginning weekdays at 4 p.m. He joined WXXI in 1984, going on the air with a news/jazz/public affairs format.  Over the years has reported on sports, produced news and music programs, hosted a daily then a weekly jazz show, produced live remotes, worked on TV auctions, conducted interviews with all sorts of people from musicians to politicians, and engineered talk shows.

Famiglietti received the Young Media Professional Award. She joined WXXI in January 2008 as a production assistant and quickly moved up the ranks. In August 2010 she was named WXXI’s Education and Multimedia Producer, and now serves as producer for WXXI’s statewide educational series Homework Hotline. She also serves as producer for WXXI’s national Xerox Rochester International Jazz Fest series and segment producer for its national health series Second Opinion. She’s also part of the production team for WXXI’s local series Norm & Company and the Democrat and Chronicle’s web series Clever Kitchen.

The Rochester Media Association was formed in early 2011 to build a community of professionals from a wide range of local media organizations through social activities and networking, professional development, and recognition.

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