Virginia M. Bacheler '73

Host of the PBS series Assignment the World

After graduating from Syracuse University, Bacheler worked as a producer/anchor at the PBS affiliate in Syracuse, N.Y., and later as a reporter and anchor for the Syracuse NBC station. In 1976, Bacheler accepted a position at WXXI, the Rochester, N.Y., PBS affiliate, where she served as a reporter, anchor, producer, educational services coordinator and executive producer. While at WXXI, Bacheler became the anchor of "Assignment the World," a weekly 15-minute news show targeted at fourth through eighth graders. This successful show is seen by millions of schoolchildren every week via the more than 90 PBS stations that carry the program. It is the longest running PBS news program, having been on the air since 1959.

In 1983, Bacheler became an assistant professor of communication at SUNY Brockport, teaching courses in broadcast journalism and broadcast writing. Now an associate professor, she has been department chair since 1999.

Bacheler has been the recipient of the Golden Mike Award for excellence in children's programming and the Outstanding Young Women of America Award. She has been cited for exceptional teaching at Brockport where she has received the Instructor of the Year Award. In 1990, she received the Women in Communications, Inc., Rochester Professional Chapters 21st annual Matrix Award, for outstanding contributions to the field of communications.

Today, she lives in Rochester, N.Y., with her husband.



Virginia M. Bacheler
William Smith Class of 1973

Contribution: Host of the PBS series "Assignment the World" and Chair of the Department of Communication at SUNY Brockport

College Activities: Schola Cantorum, Chapel Choir, WEOS, William Smith Congress, Tennis Team

Other Education: Syracuse University (M.S., 1974)




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