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

For Immediate Release


(Rochester, New York) June 2, 2014 – WXXI News and the Innovation Trail received three 1st place awards and five special mention citations from the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association at the association’s annual awards ceremony, held in Saratoga Springs, New York on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

The 1st place awards included one for ‘Best Feature,’ won by the WXXI Newsroom for a series called “50 Years Later, Rochester Remembers the Dream.” Beth Adams, Carlet Cleare, Kate O’Connell, Jeanne Fisher, and Helene Biandudi-Hofer all contributed to that series.

The Innovation Trail, a collaboration of five upstate New York public media outlets led by WXXI, won a
1st place award for ‘Best News Series’ on the “Economics of Refugees in Upstate New York.” Contributors included Ryan Delaney, Ashley Hirtzel, and Kate O’Connell. They also brought home a 1st place award in the ‘Best News Special/Documentary’ category for “Chemical exposure at Goodyear’s Niagara Falls plant will impact workers for years to come.” The reporters on that story were Matthew Leonard and Jim Morris.

Special Mentions were won in the following categories:

‘Best Feature’- “Orchestras: Boosting Younger Audiences Through a Sound Exchange” Reporter: WXXI’s Carlet Cleare

‘Best News Special/Documentary’ – “Racial Profiling in Rochester Policing” Reporter: WXXI’s Carlet Cleare

‘Best Enterprise Reporting’ – “New York during the fracking moratorium” Reporters: The Innovation Trail’s Matt Richmond, Ryan Delaney, and Kate O'Connell

‘Best Continuing News Coverage’ – “Economics of Guns in Upstate New York”  Reporters: The  Innovation Trail’s Matt Richmond, Kate O'Connell, Sarah Harris, Marie Cusick, Joanna Richards, and Ryan Delaney

‘Best Interview, TV’ –  “An Interview with Solomon Northup's Great Great-Granddaughter” Reporter: Helene Biandudi Hofer


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