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Burlington Sunrise, 4/4/13

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By Cat Viglienzoni — March 4, 2013

Another sunrise caught on skycam today — this one wasn’t nearly as colorful as the last one, but the planes that streaked across the sky were really cool when sped up. It was taken this morning during the 6 a.m. hour of our morning news.

This was a quicker sunrise — it was over before the show ended. But still pretty!

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April 4, 2013 at 4:06 PM

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 Everything Animals: Owls 101 2/25/13

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By Cat Viglienzoni — March 11, 2013

Almost done with February’s work… last one! This one was an Everything Animals piece that I got to shoot about which owls were active this time of year in Vermont and what people could look (and listen) for to identify them.

I got to meet a barred owl, a great horned owl, an eastern screech owl, and a northern saw-whet owl. It was a rather impressive array of birds (though some were drastically different sizes, as you can tell!)

It aired on February 25 during our 6 a.m. hour for Everything Animals, and then the 6 p.m. news aired a version with the intro cut off.

It was a really fun piece to do, since I am rather partial to owls. I have a soft spot for them. Shooting datas (promos) with the owls too was fun — especially Elfric, the screech owl. Turns out that if you ask him nicely, he WILL look at the camera for you:

Yes, he is missing an eye — most of the birds had something wrong with their vision that prevented them from being returned to the wild and surviving there. So instead they get to be educational ambassadors for those curious about owls.

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WCAX Blind Sled Dog PKG 3/4/13

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By Cat Viglienzoni — March 11, 2013

This is quite possibly my favorite piece I have done so far, and certainly the one that has gotten the most attention.

The story is about a sled dog, Gonzo, who went blind suddenly a few years ago, and nothing could fix it. His owners at the Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel were debating his future when the veterinarian suggested they try to run him with the team, since Gonzo wanted to go out. Over time, Gonzo’s brother, Poncho, realized his brother needed help and became his guide on the course.

Photographer Andy Goodrich and I went over to New Hampshire the week before it aired to shoot the piece (a 2.5-hour drive each way, but it was worth it), and I worked late finishing the script that day.

It debuted on the morning show on March 4 and ran in some form in every broadcast that day (cutdowns at noon and 5 p.m., full pieces in the morning, 6 p.m., and 11 p.m.).

The next morning, CNN called the station and I answered — they asked me to send the piece to them for their affiliates to use, and then they also linked to the story on the northeast section of their home page. So it got quite a bit of attention — as those dogs deserved.

It was just a good piece to do — an uplifting story, which is good to balance out some of the other news we tend to report that isn’t necessarily pleasant stuff.

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March 11, 2013 at 10:52 AM

WCAX Day of Service PKG 1/19/13

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By Cat Viglienzoni — February 11, 2013

Continuing with my backlog of work that I haven’t uploaded yet from when my computer was on the fritz, this was a Saturday reporter shift that I filled in on the weekend before President Obama’s inauguration on Martin Luther Jr. Day.

It was a pretty slow day, so I did the feature piece on the National Day of Service, finding a volunteer group in Burlington. It aired at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. on January 19 on WCAX.

I thought it was a good feature — I remember not having an awesome standup day that day either, but I made it work in the end. I hadn’t really done standup closes too much before.

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February 11, 2013 at 9:30 AM

WCAX Pets in Vermont PKG 1/17/13

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By Cat Viglienzoni — February 10, 2013

It has been a long time since I posted, thanks to my home laptop dying, being resurrected, and the dying again and needing to be replaced, etc. So a month later, I’m back in action.

So… back in January I reported a few times, the first one on a release we got about Vermont being #1 in the nation for pet ownership — and apparently this state likes cats a lot. So I went out to get reaction from people about their pets, and then talk to a veterinarian about the other part of the study that said people weren’t taking them to the vets enough.

It aired at 6 p.m. on January 17 and then again on the morning show the next day.

I’d have used less of the veterinarian’s office shots, but otherwise it was a good piece. I remember having a heck of a time getting the standup right — one of those days when I couldn’t speak it seemed.

Also, I remembered how much awkwardness can be involved with man-on-the-street interviews. But people were nice once we told them what we were doing.

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February 10, 2013 at 4:29 PM

WCAX Nulhegan Abenaki Land Purchase PKG 12-22-12

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By Cat Viglienzoni — December 26, 2012

Over the weekend I was out on a reporter shift (day 6 of the work week!) — and it was my most on-the-road reporter shift yet. It involved a trip up to Barton, VT (that’s a couple hours away from where we’re based in South Burlington), in the snow, in 20-degree temperatures.

Sounds fun, right? I should have dressed warmer because I couldn’t feel my toes at the end (especially in the standup)! In fairness, when I left the house it said it would be 36 degrees…

This was an important story to do though, because of the long road to land ownership that the tribe faced. It aired on WCAX on Saturday, December 22 and again on that Monday.

I had to log that piece and write it in the car on the way back –we got back to the station with an hour before showtime, so I had to type up the piece as fast as I could and hand it off to Mark to edit while I wrote and edited my VO/SOT on holiday skiing. But I got it in and done on time, so that was great.

And then I got the employee recognition of the week for that and the fact that I then came in on my Sunday to help with producing and a breaking news fire. Never a dull moment…

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December 26, 2012 at 3:56 PM