Messages from the President

03/02/2018 - 4:48pm

This national celebration is designed to engage music educators, students, and communities to promote the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools.

01/29/2018 - 12:46pm

February marks the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. On February 19, 1968 the show premiered on WXXI-TV and on PBS stations across the country. The series changed the landscape of children’s educational television forever as Fred Rogers brought his warm and heartfelt messages to millions of young viewers.

01/02/2018 - 10:59am

I hope your holidays were shared with family and friends and that you are looking forward to 2018. One of our wishes for the New Year is to help build a more inclusive community by inspiring and motivating people to embrace different abilities of all people.

12/07/2017 - 1:35pm

As we enter the holiday season and approach the end of 2017, it’s a good time to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year. In addition to compelling programming from NPR, PBS and the Little Theatre, we are proud of our many events and opportunities to engage with our community. I don’t have space for everything, but I’m pleased to share some of the highlights of the year.

11/10/2017 - 12:14pm

This month our news department has launched a new podcast called Exited, which introduces listeners to a group of teens with disabilities who are transitioning into adulthood. The podcast is led by reporter Karen Shakerdge from WXXI News’ Inclusion Desk, which is a multi-platform reporting effort to inform and transform attitudes and behavior about inclusion.

10/30/2017 - 10:07am

In preparation of Election Day, our news department has been working hard to bring you information about local political candidates and their platforms. I hope you have had a chance to hear many of the candidates on Connections with Evan Dawson, and tuned in for our Monroe County Sheriffs Debate last week.

09/25/2017 - 4:07pm

According to state and local health departments, the number of deaths related to opioid and heroin use is on the rise in Monroe County. To shed light on what law enforcement and health care providers are calling an “epidemic”, WXXI-TV and its national healthcare series Second Opinion will devote an evening of special programming on the issue on Thursday, October 26th.

09/06/2017 - 2:44pm

This week, the House of Representatives will debate a spending package for next year. The bill currently includes public media funding but it’s important that we continue to engage our lawmakers to push this vital funding past the finish line.

08/28/2017 - 9:43am

School is back in session! Homework Hotline, our live, statewide education program, kicks off Monday, September 11 at 4:30 p.m. and airs Monday through Thursday throughout the school year. Designed for kids in grades 4-12, Homework Hotline is hosted by teachers from the Rochester City School District who are experts in subjects across the NYS curriculum.

08/07/2017 - 4:12pm

The sweeping and powerful documentary, The Vietnam War, which is being referred to as Ken Burns’ most ambitious film, premieres next month on WXXI-TV. In anticipation of the series, WXXI has partnered with local organizations to host outreach events to engage our community in a conversation about what happened during the Vietnam War.