Irene Fink, TV program director for WXXI, recently was recognized as the Charles Impaglia Programmer of the Year by TRAC Media Services and Public Television Programmers’ Association at its annual meeting in New Orleans.
The award goes to someone who “developed a program format that had a significant impact on his/her community” and “demonstrates an ability to creatively use changes in the media environment to his/her station’s advantage.”
Fink is responsible for programming strategy and scheduling on WXXI’s TV stations and City 12 in the city of Rochester.
PTPA praised Fink’s impact at WXXI and the effect she had on the community. She was honored for weighing all content decisions with the audience and community in mind, being a good communicator and collaborator to ensure WXXI’s content reaches the widest audiences across multiple platforms and going above and beyond in the programming and promoting of the Move to Include initiative, which ensures people with disabilities are included in WXXI content throughout the year.
Fink joined WXXI in 1998 as a casual in the engineering department. She moved to the TV division in 2002 as traffic coordinator. She was promoted to assistant director of TV programming/traffic in 2006 before becoming TV program director in 2009. Fink, of Bergen, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in communication from The College at Brockport.
This is the second award presented to Fink from PTPA and TRAC Media. The first was the Golden Grid Award in 2011, which she received in recognition of her ability to help strengthen her community by scheduling high-quality programs.