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Wasatch Students Meet with George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts

Wasatch High’s broadcasting students spent the past week learning from NBC and ABC personnel in New York City as they completed a Travel/Study experience. At NBC, they met Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Meredith Vieira, and toured several NBC studios, such as the Nightly News studio, the Saturday Night Live studio, and the Jimmy Fallon studio. But they really experienced the wonder of broadcasting at Good Morning America.

Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos, anchors of Good Morning America, visited with the students in the studio between segments of last Wednesday’s show. The Wasatch students were the only visitors during the show since GMA has closed their audience related activities at the network. However, because of the long-standing relationship Wasatch High has with Good Morning America, the students were given special treatment and allowed into the green room and into the studio and control room during the broadcast.

“We love it when Wasatch High comes back to New York,” said Steve Rubbinaccio, one of the cameramen and technicians who works to bring the show to life. “Wasatch has been coming here for nine years now, and we look forward to their visit. We got to know Mr. Moss years ago, and the students that show up each year are always impressive. These are kids who have a passion for what we are doing and who listen and ask questions of all of the members of the staff. It is fun to have them here.”

Ed Luisi, stage manager for GMA, also looks forward to Wasatch’s students. “I tell them what they need to do if they want to be part of something like this,” he said. “I also think it is important to teach them how to balance their lives. Work can’t be everything. Family and faith must have a high priority.” Mr. Luisi has worked for GMA for over 25 years. “The world of broadcasting is changing,” he told the students, “but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice what is important to achieve something of substance. Work hard, but keep your priorities,” he advised.

Robin Roberts was visiting with the students during one of the breaks in the show and when it was suggested that a picture be taken of her with the group, George Stephanopoulos ran over from the other side of the studio and jumped in the picture. “You can’t take this without me in it,” he said to the students.

In addition to their broadcast experiences, the students also visited several notable sites in New York, including Wall Street, ground zero, the Staten Island ferry, Central Park and Times Square. They attended “Wicked” and participated in a special tour that took them to a number of locations in New York where TV shows and movies were filmed.

BY    03/16/2011

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