by Peter Freyne
Started the "Media Notes" item in the Ol' Inside Track column way back in the 1980s. The local daily pretty much ignored the existence of the local TV news operations and their staff - they could buy ad space if they wanted to - but that was about it.
But there's no business like show business, folks, and TV News is definitely show business, eh?
Haven't been doing a good job keeping up with the turnover, so let's catch up in Freyne Land, eh?
Bianca Slota is a new reporter over at WCAX-TV, our local CBS affiliate.
Bianca, a Maryland native, arrives after a couple years breaking into the TV-News biz in Anchorage, Alaska. She studied journalism at the University of Maryland.
That's former Ch. 3 videographer Kika Bronger (a St. Mike's grad), now with New England Cable News, behind Bianca, giving her the "V" sign.
Welcome to Vermont, Bianca!
And someone who needs no welcome to Vermont is Reporter Rachael Morrow.
That's Rachael with the microphone in St. Patrick's gob at a recent presser regarding AG Alberto Gonzales' resignation. She's got a few months in already at WGOP, er. sorry, at WCAX-TV News. Been mostly on the early-morning news shift.
Rachael studied journalism at Lyndon State College and worked at the Caledonian Record in St. Johnsbury.
Also we hear there's another new reporter at WCAX this week, but we haven't crossed paths yet.