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College Honors Alumna’s Professional Achievement

Virginia Bacheler '73 exemplifies the potential of William Smith graduates

(March 31, 2004) Geneva, N.Y. — The William Smith Alumnae Association awarded its Alumna Achievement Award to Virginia Bacheler '73 on March 26 at a ceremony on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. Bacheler is best known as the host of “Assignment the World,” a children's current events show on WXXI public television in Rochester that she hosted from 1980 until 2002.

Bacheler embarked upon her television journalism career in 1974 as a features producer at WCNY, a PBS station in Syracuse. She soon moved in front of the camera and became a reporter/anchor with WSYR, an NBC affiliate in Syracuse in 1975. In 1976, Bacheler joined WXXI, where she was employed for more 25 years.

Since 1983, Bacheler has also been on the faculty of SUNY Brockport's communications department, where she now serves as associate professor and department chair. She is the executive producer of SUNY Cable News, the weekly student-produced television newscast, as well.

As a William Smith student, Bacheler was involved in Schola Cantorum, Chapel choir, WEOS, William Smith Congress and the tennis team. She also spent time abroad studying at the University of London. After graduation from William Smith, she went on to attend the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University, where she received an M.S. in television journalism.

“In recognition for her excellence in teaching and in journalism, and for the inspiration she provides for the William Smith women who follow her, we are proud to honor her with the Alumnae Achievement Award,” said Laura E. Hamilton '78, chair of the 2004 award committee.

Begun in 1999, the William Smith Alumna Achievement Award honors alumnae for distinction in their chosen fields.

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