Release Date: 
Mon, 06/08/2015

For immediate release
Contact: Kristin Tutino, 585-258-0253

(Rochester, New York) June 8, 2015 – WXXI received one 1st place award and seven special mention citations from the New York State Associated Press Association at the association’s annual awards ceremony, held in Saratoga Springs, New York on Saturday, June 6th.

“Schools for South Sudan”, a WXXI-TV series reported by Helene Biandudi Hofer, received the 1st place award for Best News Series.  Hofer traveled to South Sudan to explore the issues of education, diversity and racism in the war-torn country and compared them to the issues faced locally in Rochester, NY. The series was supported in part by The Community Foundation.  

WXXI also received seven ‘Special Mention Awards’ for the following:

  • WXXI-TV-Best News Special/Documentary –  “Human Trafficking in Monroe County
  • WXXI-Radio – Best News Series – “Lessons from July 64”
  • WXXI-Radio  – Best Interview –  “Sharp Ears: Rochester's Top Musicians Guide You to the Artists Most Worth Your Time”
  • WXXI-Radio – Best Enterprise Reporting – “New Ban the Box Ordinance Aims to Help More Locals Find Work”
  • WXXI-Radio – Best Feature – “Artist Transforms MRI Exam Experience Through Musical Collaboration''  & “Rocking With Bach and The Gang”
  • WXXI-Radio – Best Website – ``Understanding the Affordable Care Act"


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. WXXI also has a long-term affiliation with Little Theatre, which helps enhance the cultural life of the community and strengthens two of Rochester's most vital arts institutions. Log on to wxxi.org for more information about our services and programs.