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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 Winter Bugs PKG 2/19/13

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By Cat Viglienzoni — March 10, 2013

At some point, I will get out of February with this backlog of pieces. This one was me dabbling back into the science-y realm that I love to talk to an entomologist about what the winter this year (which was VERY different than the winter last year) means for the state’s bug population. It’s a question we’d been getting from gardeners, since there are many in Vermont.

The real response is that it’s too early to know for sure, but they are “cautiously optimistic” that many of the pests that were rampant last year with the warm winter we had would not be as bad this year.

The piece was supposed to debut on my show, but the evening news needed to fill time during the week and they used it instead, so it aired on February 19 at 6 p.m., and again on my show the next morning.

It was an interesting piece for me to do, since it was a good follow-up to the bugs piece I did last summer. If you look, you can see bits of the footage from that in this piece…


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March 10, 2013 at 8:25 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 Spiny Softshell Turtle PKG 11/9/12

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By Cat Viglienzoni — November 10, 2012

I filled in as a reporter again yesterday — and I got to go back out on my science beat for the first time in a while, which was really fun.

The piece I ended up doing was actually a follow-up to my previous piece over the summer on the spiny softshell turtle hatchlings’ release. This time, I checked in at the beginning of the wintering process — and this year is VERY different for the staff at ECHO, thanks to warmer weather this year that affected when the turtles hatched. Basically, they hatched early and so more of them (hopefully!) made it to Lake Champlain to hibernate in the dirt and gravel underwater there over the winter — but that meant that instead of 40+ hatchlings, there are only 8 this year!

Watch the hatchlings… they are SO cute!

Anyway, the piece rounded out the A block on Friday, November 9, at 6 p.m. on WCAX. (Poor Darren… you could tell he had a cold!)

I would have liked to get a second voice in the piece (I’d done informational phone interviews a few times that day with Vt. Fish and Wildlife biologist Steve Parren, who rounded up the hatchlings for ECHO, but our schedules didn’t work out, which prevented me from interviewing him on camera). My photographer Shelly was great — she caught all the turtle winks and adorable poses the hatchlings were making.


WCAX Electricity Efficiency Grant PKG 10/1/12

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By Cat Viglienzoni — October 3, 2012

As promised in my last post, the second installment of Mondays work — this one is the evening news piece that I did. It was a shorter piece (by our station’s standards) on a new grant/initiative in Burlington to introduce “on-bill financing” to small business owners looking to upgrade to more electrically-efficient appliances, etc. but who didn’t have the upfront capital to invest.

It ran in the A block of the 6 p.m. news on October 1, 2012.

It was not designed to be a longer piece because to be more in-depth I needed to actually go talk to small business owners, and due to the time constraints of that particular day (and the fact that I think it’s still a bit early to track them down, seeing as they hadn’t heard about the initiative yet), I was not going to be able to do that. It would be a good follow for sometime after the new year when the program actually rolls out.

So a decent piece for what it was, I thought.


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October 3, 2012 at 4:19 PM

WCAX Williston Road/Route 2 Paving PKG 6/6/12

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By Cat Viglienzoni — June 8, 2012

I’ve started doing some more fill-in reporter work for the summer — the first of these pieces was on a project on a busy road here in Vermont — Route 2/Williston Road in Burlington/South Burlington.

Rather than tie up traffic during the day by shutting down lanes, VTrans opted to do the work at night. Originally, that was my story (quick and easy, right?), but then during the course of delving into the project a bit deeper, I found out that the City of South Burlington was also looking to try out a totally new lane structure for part of the road, to see if it worked.

That’s when the story became a bit more interesting. It aired that day (June 6) on the 6 p.m. news on WCAX.

I also got my first criticism with this piece — a woman wrote in expressing displeasure that I hadn’t spoken to homeowners along the road. A valid point, but the reason I did not was in part because VTrans had been instructed to to the road grinding in the most residential areas during the day because of the noise issue. The trade-off with this project was that people would have to put up with night work, but they would not have to sit through a traffic headache during the day.

Since I was working that day, and I livesided my piece the next morning on my show as well, I did the webcasts for those two days too.

June 6:

And for June 7:

Between this and the transit, it was a long week — but a good one!


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June 8, 2012 at 4:44 PM