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WCAX Peanut Allergy Treatment PKG, 4/26/13

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By Cat Viglienzoni — May 13, 2013

This was the reporter piece I shot on the same day I anchored (see previous post), and I loved the story.

It’s about a family whose young boy has a peanut allergy so severe that exposure to peanuts used to require hospitalization. Then, thanks to a program to desensitize him to peanuts by slowly increasing his exposure to peanut flour, he can now eat three peanut M&Ms and not see any reaction.

Check out his story, which aired first on April 25 at 6 p.m. and the next morning at 5 a.m. (shown below) and 6 a.m.:

The important thing to note is that he is not cured — what this does it it makes it possible for him to eat things that probably don’t contain any large amount of peanuts, or come into contact with traces of peanuts, and not have a reaction. So it’s peace of mind for him and his family, but not a permanent solution. And if he stops eating the peanut M&Ms, he will lose that desensitization. It also may not be as useful for someone who has multiple nut allergies, since it only targets peanuts.

For more information, visit the story on our website.

It was a fun story to shoot — especially since he was very excited to be on TV!



WCAX “Scary Gary” Halloween Forecast 10/31/12

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By Cat Viglienzoni — October 31, 2012

Halloween is a pretty fun holiday. A holiday made even more so when your meteorologist has a sense of humor.

Every year Gary does his “Scary Gary” Halloween forecast. It involves wrapping himself in a green cloth (except for his head) and then telling us what the weather will be like between different spooky-named places in the country. And of course everything culminates in a trick-or-treat forecast for the kids.

It’s ridiculous and 100 percent fantastic. Some of our viewers always write in and tell us their kids look forward to this morning all year because they find Scary Gary so funny.

And really — after watching that — who can argue with them?


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October 31, 2012 at 11:45 AM

WCAX Red-Tailed Hawk Interview 10/8/12

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By Cat Viglienzoni — October 8, 2012

At last, the second part of my hawk series — where we introduce you to Isis, the beautiful red-tailed hawk who I had the pleasure of meeting when we shot the two pieces. She was actually very well-behaved overall (although she didn’t like being pointed at once!).

It aired twice on the morning show on October 8 — at the end of the 5 a.m. hour and again at the end of the 6 a.m. hour for our weekly Everything Animals segment.

I liked this one a bit better than the first piece (which was also good). Probably because this one had the actual hawk in it.

I have to admit that holding the hawk was harder than I’d thought — Isis wasn’t heavy, but the angle I had to hold my arm out at to keep the bird happy was tricky. If I put my arm down, it’s instinct would have been to climb up to the highest part (my shoulder), and that was a bit closer to my face than I was comfortable with that beak being. Not to mention I wouldn’t have any protection from the talons.

Craig was nice enough to take some photos of the experience — I have to share them here because they turned out so well.

My favorite photo — gorgeous colors and pose!

Another angle, also a good shot.

Isis is about to try to take off. Call this the behind-the-scenes moment of our photoshoot… but look at those incredible wings!

Anyway, I had so much fun doing these pieces — what an experience. And I learned a few things I didn’t know about hawks in the process!

For more on my previous experiences with hawks, check out the first of these two pieces and my up-close encounter with a red-tailed hawk in Boston my sophomore year of college.


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October 8, 2012 at 4:48 PM

WCAX Hawk Migration Interview, 9/17/12

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By Cat Viglienzoni — September 20, 2012

I’ve been on hiatus for a while — thanks in part to changes on our morning show (hired a new anchor and switched the format to a more standard two-anchor show), and a well-deserved vacation (it had been a while… as in, 9 months).

I went out to shoot this piece — the first of two about hawks — at the end of August, and it ran while I was on vacation in California. This piece was more timely — geared to the beginning of hawk migration season in Vermont as the fall approaches and temperatures begin to drop. It ran as the kicker at 5 a.m. and again at the end of the 6 a.m. hour in the Everything Animals segment of my show — and then again at 6 p.m. I’m told. This is the morning version.

I thought it turned out okay — my photographer Lance was great and the editing was awesome. I need to get a bit smoother with the live-to-tape interviews, but since this is the second one I’ve ever done, I think I did well considering.

I could not have asked for a more picturesque day to film — Mount Philo was SO beautiful that day. It was perfect.

In the next piece, Isis — a hawk — makes an appearance — and I got to hold that beautiful bird! It should air next month, so keep an eye out for it!


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September 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM

WCAX Folklife Center Irene Website PKG 8/27/12

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By Cat Viglienzoni — August 27, 2012

A year ago today I was doing my first reporter piece for WCAX about preparations for Tropical Storm Irene — with no idea of how much that storm would impact Vermont and shape our news coverage for the next year.

Today, I livesided a piece I did on a digital archive from the Vermont Folklife Center aimed at preserving memories from the storm:

This was part of our station’s series coverage, called “Irene: One Year Later” that aired originally on August 26, 2012. I livesided it here the next morning on my show. It was crazy going back through the town and seeing what had — and hadn’t — been repaired in the year since the storm hit.

To submit memories, go to this website and follow the instructions:

It was also Steve’s first day anchoring on the morning show — and our first show with a dual-anchor format! So a big day as a producer for me as well.


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August 27, 2012 at 12:38 PM

WCAX Everything Animals: Baby Goats PKG 6/11/12

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By Cat Viglienzoni — June 14, 2012

There are a few things you learn as a producer. One is that it’s always good to have options. Occasionally, you need a piece on the back burner in case you just don’t have time to set something up.

This was one of those pieces for our Everything Animals segment on our show. While I was out doing my East Montpelier bears piece a while back, I happened to be talking with the homeowner about her 5-day-old kids (baby goats, not humans!), and so we shot a quick interview with her that I knew I could turn into a cute feature at some point before summer rolled around.

It aired this Monday during our 6 hour on the WCAX morning news.

It was a cute feature.


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June 14, 2012 at 11:34 AM

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