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WXXI’s Mona Seghatoleslami Wins Journalism Award

Aaron Winters
Classical host Mona Seghatoleslami

The Public Media Journalists Association (PMJA) has announced awards for outstanding journalism, and two WXXI staffers have earned accolades for their work.

Mona Seghatoleslami won 2nd place in the ‘Best use of Sound’ category for a feature she did called “New Sounds from Ossia” about student-run ensemble at the Eastman School of Music.

Listen to Mona’s feature.  

WXXI’s Beth Adams earned a top spot for her radio feature “Mission Mustang” about a place in Honeoye Falls where horses helps veterans readjust to their civilian lives. (This piece was also named "Outstanding Feature" earlier this year by the New York State Broadcasters Association.)

Listen to Beth’s story.

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Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steve Bunch works with Liberty, a wild mustang, at the EquiCenter ranch in Honeoye Falls.

According to WXXI news director Randy Gorbman, the PMJA awards are grouped in divisions by newsroom size.  WXXI is in category ‘A,’ one down from the largest newsrooms in the country.  Gorbman adds that WXXI was the only public radio newsroom in its division in New York State to win an award in any category in from the Public Media Journalists Association.

Brava, Mona and Beth!