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WCAX Rail Trail PKG 7/19/13

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By Cat Viglienzoni — August 23, 2013

Continuing with the backlog of reporter pieces I haven’t posted yet…

This one was from a very long day that I worked back in July. There was the groundbreaking for a recreational trail that had been in the works for years. The groundbreaking was in the evening and I couldn’t stay for that because we had to get the material back for the evening broadcasts, but we got the important part of the story anyway.

It aired on WCAX on July 19, 2013 for their 6 p.m. broadcast.

It was a really pretty area — if I hadn’t been so tired from working a double shift I probably would have appreciated it a lot more too.

You might be able to guess from some of the video, but it was SO hot that day. That’s why I gave in and wore a dress. And shot my standup early before my hair completely frizzed up. But it was in the 90s or around there.



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August 23, 2013 at 5:52 AM

Burlington Sunrise, 3/26/13

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By Cat Viglienzoni — March 27, 2013

Not a news story post, but I couldn’t resist sharing this gorgeous sunrise that we caught from our skycam during our 6 a.m. hour of yesterday’s morning news.

It began about 6:30ish and Master Control rolled on it through about 7:45. Then I edited it down to a 30-second time lapse. Pretty neat! I think I’ll do it again sometime. We got a great response from viewers when I posted it to our station’s Facebook.


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March 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM

WCAX Snow Tubing PKG 12-27-12

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By Cat Viglienzoni — December 29, 2012

As I mentioned in my previous post, Thursday was busy. After I got done with the noon I went out to do the “snow feature” piece that we didn’t really get to do last year because the winter was so non-snowy.

So I went snow tubing. I’d also never been snow-tubing before (I’m from California… when we use tubes, it’s in the water) — so this was a first for me. And it was fun.

The piece aired at 6 p.m. on December 27 and again the next morning. I thought it came out well — and it came down to the wire with the deadline, but we got it in on time!

This piece was interesting for me because it was one of the rare times when I’ve included myself in the story (the only one that comes to mind was my ravioli piece from last December). But I tried to make the story not really about me, and I think it wasn’t too much.


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December 29, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Seattle Aquarium Visit, Sept. 2012

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By Cat Viglienzoni — November 11, 2012

So I went to Seattle on my vacation back in September… and I’m just getting around to uploading/editing together all the pictures into something I can share with other people in a reasonable, less time-consuming way than my poor family had to sit through at home.

My first stop, being me, was naturally the Seattle Aquarium. It was probably my second favorite aquarium (Monterey Bay is still far and away the best I’ve ever been to — though Seattle had a more extensive touch tank).

It was one of those times I wished I had an HD station camera with me, because all the creatures are so beautiful and colorful and downright impressive that I knew my old camera wasn’t going to do them any justice. But, being a journalist, I tried anyway.

I edited together a slideshow compilation of some pictures (it was an excuse to practice with the editing software tricks anyway):

But I also took some video, though I preface all these videos by pointing out that the camera I used was mostly meant for still photos AND is probably 6-8 years old. So the quality isn’t great, but they’re still interesting I think.

Especially the octopus… and check out how impressive the camouflage is (even if it’s not quite as impressive as this one)!

But even cooler than that was the octopus feeding. The octopus is actually strong enough, they found out, to yank the person feeding it down if they don’t let go of the stick when the octopus pulls it. That didn’t happen here, but the woman told us they’d done a “strength test” to find out.

When the octopus ballooned up before grabbing the fish — that’s called mantling. It does it to make itself look bigger.

Some other crazy facts… a 90-lb. octopus can fit through a 3-inch hole. The only thing that it needs room to fit through is its beak. The rest is basically able to mold through whatever it needs to. Such sneaky creatures! Also, octopi have facial recognition — they can recognize different people.

But if the slimy, super-smart, and suckery doesn’t really do it for you… how about a river otter being absolutely adorable?

That was one happy-looking otter.

Again, sorry that the camera didn’t capture all of them in full glory, but I had to work with what I have. One of these days, I’ll get a smartphone…

Stay tuned for more Seattle vacation blog posts… whenever I get around to cataloging the other two days of travels!


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November 11, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Civil War Painting Restored, WCAX 9/10/11

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By Cat Viglienzoni — February 24, 2012

At some point here I’m going to run out of old work that I never got around to posting. But not yet.

This was my third reporter piece — not really “newsy” but interesting for someone like me who is very into history. I got to go to the unveiling of the newly-restored Civil War era painting by a Vermont artist at the base in Colchester.

The piece aired on WCAX at 11 p.m. (our 6 p.m. got cut short by CBS sports…) on September 10, 2011.

Again, this one I had to pull from our archives, so the supers and anchor intro are missing.

The trip also led to this lovely scene…

Sometimes, you have to park in front of a tank to get to your story.

Somehow, I think the tank would win.


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February 24, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Katherine Paterson PKGs WCAX, 10/14 & 10/19 2011

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By Cat Viglienzoni — February 22, 2012

Delving back through last year’s work that I have yet to post to here, I found my interviews with author Katherine Paterson.

Like with Tomie dePaola, I had read Paterson’s work before and loved it — so I was thrilled to get the opportunity to interview her about her latest work, “The Flint Heart,” which she co-wrote with her husband. They were so nice.

While talking to her (and going through the interviews later on), I realized there were two stories to tell: hers, and her new book’s. So out of that interview came the first piece, a profile of Paterson as an author, which aired for the 6 p.m. news on October 14.

The second piece aired in our Books Over Breakfast segment on the morning show on October 19 and focused on the creation of her newest work.

The second piece I forgot to grab the on-air version for, so there are no supers or anchor intro because I had to pull it from our video file.

I was really impressed by her insights on writing and the way our society today perceives and takes in works of literature, as well as how our language has changed and is still changing. It’s one of those interviews I’m very fortunate to have had the ability to do at my job.


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February 22, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Sesame Street on WCAX 2-7-12

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By Cat Viglienzoni — February 7, 2012

Today we had some visitors to our morning show. That isn’t unusual — we typically have one or two guests per day. But these ones were a very colorful bunch.

Sesame Street Live was coming to Burlington for a couple days of shows, so they reached out to us to appear on our show. I set it up, and it was a lot of fun for everyone. You won’t see me at all — I was upstairs timing out the segments and crying laughing during the ensuing hilarity.

Their first appearances during our weather chat segment were not planned, but they were so amusing. The way the studio was set up, they have to pass the tech set (where weather chat was in progress) to get to the soft set (where the interview was going to take place). Except they didn’t go the other way, around the cameras. The result: Elmo made a sneak peek appearance and hung out there for a little while.

Then we got to their actual interview, where Keagan sprung a surprise on Jennifer (who was filling in that day) — a hug from Cookie Monster.

But of course, everyone was waiting for Cookie Monster to help our meteorologist Gary with the weather… and he did!

Gary called for backup help with the forecasting. This is what he got.

Now, as the producer, I’d known that Elmo and Cookie Monster were going to show up… but I did NOT know about Grover… Gary’s apparent alter ego. If you didn’t watch until the end of the video above, you’ll know what I mean.


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February 7, 2012 at 1:06 PM