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WRVO International provides a continuous stream of programs from the BBC (United Kingdom), CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), Radio Netherlands Worldwide, Deutsche Welle (Germany), and other broadcast services around the world. Many of these programs provide perspectives on current affairs different from those presented by U.S. media.
WRVO International is available online and as a stream available in the free WRVO app for iPhone, iTouch, iPad, and Android. iPhone, iTouch and iPad apps are available as free downloads from the Apple App Store. The WRVO app for Android is available as a free download from the Android Market.
Up to the minute news from around the world. The BBC World Service is heard overnight on WRVO-1 and throughout the day and night on WRVO International (WRVO-3, available online and on Wi-Fi).
Rachel Ward is the Rochester-based editor of the Innovation Trail. She edits the multimedia work of the Innovation Trail crew and oversees the project's content and editorial vision.
Prior to joining the Innovation Trail, Ward reported on business and the economy in western New York with NPR's Economics Training Project, and hosted All Things Considered at WXXI-AM. Her reports have appeared locally and nationally.
Ward came to WXXI after earning a master's degree in telecommunications through Ohio University's public broadcasting fellowship program, where her thesis research centered on how public broadcasters are reacting to new technologies like podcasting.
Ward has also worked for the Association of Public Television Stations, and interned at WAMU-FM in Washington, DC. Her undergraduate degree in anthropology and English is from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Zack Seward had only a few weeks to catch his breath between graduating with a master's in journalism from Columbia University and becoming the first reporter hired for the Innovation Trail.
Prior to his graduate studies, Seward was a production assistant at the PBS NewsHour, where he researched and developed breaking news stories as well as features for both the Health and Arts & Culture units. He also served at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver with the NewsHour, and wrote for the NewsHour's Art Beat blog.
Seward got his start in public media when he was an anthropology student at the University of Chicago, as a production intern for WTTW's Chicago Tonight. He has also conducted internships in regional transportation planning and neighborhood revitalization. He's originally from San Francisco.
Inside Europe is a one hour weekly news magazine that explores the topical issues shaping the continent. The program includes interviews with newsmakers and personalities, background features and cultural reports from correspondents throughout the region.
Grahame Lucas is head of Deutsche Welle's (DW) South Asia service, is responsible for radio programming in Hindi, Urdu and Bengali as well as for regionalised English language programming for Asia as a whole. "Asia is one of the priorities in Deutsche Welle's strategic planning at the present time. By putting the responsibility for our programming to this region in the hands of one person we have strengthened our commitment to a part of the world which is developing very quickly indeed", says Bettermann.
Lucas, who took over his new responsibilities at the start of the year, has been with Germany's international broadcaster since 1983. He was born in London but also has German nationality. At Deutsche Welle he has held editorial positions in the Central News Service and the English Service for North America before becoming political correspondent in Bonn for both radio and television.
After a period as Deutsche Welle correspondent in Brussels Lucas returned to DW's broadcasting house in Cologne in 2000 as Head of News and Current Affairs in the English Service of DW-Radio. He was also responsible for the regional programming for Asia and Africa. He became Deputy Head of the English Service in 2001.
"I guess I don't sound terribly Aussie on the air", she says. "But there's a good reason for that. When I arrived in England in the 1960's from Australia, the kids at school used to tease me all the time because of my Aussie accent. It used to drive me nuts so the accent had to go ! Unfortunately, when I got went back to Australia in 1975, I sounded so posh that I got teased again for being a Pom! I just couldn't win."
After doing her Bachelor of Arts in history and then a Postgraduate Degree in Library Science in her home state of Queensland, Helen Seeney decided journalism was for her and went back for a degree in journalism. "I knew I was on the right track when I won a Journalism Award for the Queensland Division of The Institution of Engineers in Australia. You see, I didn't know a thing about engineering, but I knew I could write!"
Helen loves the challenge each week of putting together a one hour sound rich show about Europe. "It's great fun dealing with the reporting team as well as having the opportunity to interview people who are actually making decisions about Europe's future."
She's always been an avid traveler and can never quite decide where to go next on holidays. Since arriving in Gemany, eastern Europe has held a particular attraction for her.
Werman is currently a senior producer with Public Radio International's The World, covering music for the program and as a part-time host. Werman has been working in journalism since he was 16 when he worked as a copy boy at the News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina. His journalism experience includes documentary photography, print, radio and television. A former Peace Corps volunteer, Werman got his start in radio while freelancing in Burkina Faso, West Africa, for the BBC World Service, where he later worked as a producer. "Radio impressed me in Africa," says Werman. "Everyone had one, broadcasts happened in many languages, and in the two coups I witnessed, the radio station was important booty: it and the electrical generator were always the first targets."
In 1990, he started up a new public radio station in the Adirondacks and hosted a daily two hour news and public affairs show there for four years. This was followed by a half year stint in Rome, Italy where he was the correspondent for Monitor Radio. In 1995, he was invited to assist in creating the format for The World, where he has worked since. In 1997, he began providing the Global Hit segment, in which musicians and musical trends around the globe are linked and used as a lens to understand the news. This segment has also become a popular podcast as part of the PRI News podcasts.
Werman has been the recipient of awards from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters for an original radio drama that he wrote; the Sony Awards for an exposé on child labor in West African gold mines; from the New York Festivals for a BBC documentary on the 1987 assassination of Burkina Faso's president; and the first annual Unity award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association for coverage of diversity issues.
In 2007, he won an Emmy for his story "Libya: Out of the Shadow" on the PBS program Frontline/World, about the 2006 total solar eclipse that brought thousands of tourists to Libya just after it had rejoined the community of nations. Werman was the first American television and radio journalist to go to Libya after Muammar al-Gaddafi renounced weapons of mass destruction in December 2003, a move that would lead to Libya losing its pariah state status.
Lisa Mullins hosts the American broadcast of the BBC documentary series "The Changing World, " which focuses on such issues as Muslims and modernity, and the black market trade in guns. She co-produced "The Vegetable Chronicles, " an award-winning series of public radio documentaries about diet and disease. For six years, Mullins hosted the American broadcast of the annual Vienna Philharmonic's New Year's Day concert.
Public radio program directors nationwide have praised Mullins as one of the best announcers in public radio. She received the bronze award for "Best Network Anchor" in the New York Festival's international radio competition, and "Boston Magazine" honored her with its Best Radio Voice Award. Mullins has won numerous other awards, including the Golden Reel Award in the category "National News and Public Affairs" from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.