From the President



After 28 years as WXXI President, I will be retiring in 2024

After 28 years of serving as the leader of what I believe is the best public media organization in the country, I am officially announcing my retirement. I will stay on in my current position until a successor is named in 2024. 

It has been an honor to have worked with an amazing team of professionals on so many programs and projects that have benefited this community and promoted the best of Rochester to the entire nation. 

The support we received from our community allowed us to expand in ways that other stations could only dream about. WXXI expanded its mission and acquired the Little Theatre, an icon of downtown Rochester, and preserved the CITY paper, now CITY magazine. And we raised the funds to make the projectors digital in our cinemas, and still managed to have the best popcorn in town!

I look forward to the great things WXXI will accomplish in the future. Rest assured, I will always remain WXXI’s biggest advocate. 

I could go on and on, but you can read more about my retirement in the press release by clicking here.


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