Congrats to the WXXI & CITY News Team!

Congrats to the WXXI & CITY News Team!

Tue, 05/24/2022 - 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Our news team has won two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and two Excellence in Broadcasting Awards from the New York State Broadcasters Association (NYBSA).

The Edward R. Murrow Awards honor outstanding achievements in broadcast and digital journalism. It recognizes local and national news stories that uphold the RTDNA Code of Ethics, demonstrate technical expertise, and exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community. 

WXXI News’ weekly podcast Ear Shot, which recaps the most compelling stories of the week, received the Edward R. Murrow Award in the “Podcast” category. The episode submitted was titled “Buy a T-shirt, get the weed for free.” The podcast series is produced by editor/producer Veronica Volk, and this particular episode included a story about the retail market for recreational marijuana by CITY magazine reporter Gino Fanelli. Other contributors in the episode include Morning Edition host/reporter Beth Adams and WXXI Classical Music host/reporter Mona Seghatoleslami.

The second Edward R. Murrow Award recognized the work of photojournalist Max Schulte and CITY magazine Life Editor Rebecca Rafferty for their video story, “Meet the Rochester pianist who makes silent movies sing.” Awarded in the “Video” category, the three-minute feature spotlights the work of Philip Carli, who has been accompanying silent films on the piano since he was 13 years old.

The regional Edward R. Murrow Award winners now move on to the national round of the competition. National winners will be announced in summer 2022.

The NYSBA awards recognize outstanding achievement among radio and TV stations in New York State.

“Violinist returns to Eastman to collaborate with Students/Faculty,” a story by WXXI Classical Music host/reporter Mona Seghatoleslami, won the NYSBA Award in the “Outstanding Feature” category. The feature shares details about an Eastman Music School alumni who returns to the school to work with students.

The second NYSBA Award recognized “The Siren’s Song at Eastman Opera Theatre” in the “Outstanding Audio” category. The piece, produced by WXXI Classical Music host/reporter Brenda Tremblay, spotlights a double bill of American operas at the Eastman School of Music.

The NYSBA Awards ceremony will be held at the Country Club of Rochester on September 20, 2022.