WXXI News Named a Finalist for Four New York Associated Press Association Awards

Release Date: 
Wed, 04/06/2016

WXXI News Named a Finalists for Four New York Associated Press Association Awards

(Rochester, NY) April 6, 2016 – WXXI News has been named a finalist for four New York Associated Press Association Awards. Honoring stations for their excellence in broadcasting, the winners of the New York Associated Press Association Contest will be announced on June 4th at an annual awards ceremony held in Saratoga, New York.

WXXI News Finalists include: 

  • WXXI’s Innovation Trail reporter Sasha-Ann Simons’ story entitled The Crackdown on Silicosis is a finalist in the Best Feature, TV category. The feature looks at how OSHA plans to reduce silica dust exposure for construction workers, and if the efforts are too late. Innovation Trail is a team of reporters dedicated to filing stories on the economy, technology, and innovation in upstate New York. 
  • Need to Know host Hélène Biandudi Hofer’s feature Rochester’s Poverty Crisis is a finalist in the Best Public Service, TV category. This feature examines how the home of Susan B. Anthony, the place known as the World’s Image Center, one of the first “boomtowns” in America, an area rich in colleges and universities, arts and philanthropy, has become synonymous with poverty. Need to Know is WXXI’s weekly news and public affairs show, which airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. on WXXI-TV. 
  • WXXI Vice President of Radio Jeanne Fisher’s production work in Change Ringing in Rochester is a finalist in the Best Use of Sound, Radio category. The segment shares details about a set of ten new bells that were installed in the tower of the Church of Ascension.
  • WXXI News Team’s coverage of Genesee Street Mass Shooting is a finalist in the Best Spot Coverage, Radio category. Multiple news stories, as well as WXXI’s daily talk show Connections with Evan Dawson, covered the mass shooting that took three lives and injured four others. The WXXI News Team that worked on this story includes: Michelle Faust, Veronica Volk, Randy Gorbman, Beth Adams, and Evan Dawson.



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. The formal affiliation between WXXI and the Little Theatre, established in December 2011, enables the two organizations to work more efficiently by pooling resources and strengths in a number of areas including back-office operation and improved fundraising capabilities.  Log on to wxxi.org for more information about our services and programs.