James Oliver is the Chief Photographer at WCAX TV. He is a Burlington, VT native, grew up in the Old North End of the city and attended the University of Vermont.
Mr. Oliver is a Veteran of the US Army having served in Vietnam as a Combat Cinematographer and in the U.S. Army European Command as a cinematographer shooting training and propaganda films. He joined WCAX in 1969 as a Staff Photographer. In the days before videotape the job entailed shooting, processing and editing news as well as commercials on film. Throughout the 1970s he was primarily assigned to the Central Vermont Bureau.
Mr. Oliver worked with Marselis Parsons on the EMMY Award winning "Dimension" show in 1979. Mr. Oliver served as a Producer and eventually Co-Executive Producer of the station's coverage of UVM Hockey and Basketball Games when WCAX produced and broadcast live sports events. Mr. Oliver is particularly proud of the having been the Field Producer for the Vermont Bi-Centennial Series and the remote road shows produced by WCAX News in the 1990's. In 1995 he was promoted to his current position as Chief Photographer. In recognition of the work he has done in television news journalism in 1999 Oliver was awarded the "Vermont Associated Press Distinguished Service Award".
Friday, April 18 2014 5:16 PM EDT2014-04-18 21:16:40 GMT
Vt. State Police say a small plane has crashed on Interstate 89 north in Highgate. A state airport official confirms that a single-engine aerobatic plane was in the vicinity of the Franklin County StateMore >>
The pilot of a small plane parachuted to safety before his aircraft crashed on Interstate 89 north in Highgate Friday. More >>
Friday, April 18 2014 4:13 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:13:39 GMT
Police have released the name of the young man killed in a motorcycle crash Thursday in Burlington. Police say just after 6 p.m. Thursday, Tyler Benjamin, 24, of Winooski, hit a guardrail on the beltlineMore >>
Police have released the name of the young man killed in a motorcycle crash Thursday on the Burlington beltline.More >>
Friday, April 18 2014 1:02 PM EDT2014-04-18 17:02:32 GMT
A sugaring season was cut short in Swanton overnight after a shed caught fire. Fire officials tell us they got the call around 1:30 a.m. Friday for the sugarhouse fire on Woods Hill Road. They say theMore >>
Sugaring season was cut short in Swanton early Friday morning after a shed caught fire. More >>
Friday, April 18 2014 3:38 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:38:06 GMT
A Colchester police officer charged with drunk driving has been disciplined by the town, but the details are not being released. Jeremy Wyskiel, 36, was charged with DUI last month after police say heMore >>
A Colchester police officer charged with drunk driving has been disciplined by the town, but the details are not being released.More >>
Friday, April 18 2014 12:36 PM EDT2014-04-18 16:36:37 GMT
New York lawmakers are engaging the public in the fight against the rise of opiate addiction. The state Senate has created a task force to hear from law enforcement, health care, social service and educationMore >>
New York lawmakers are engaging the public in the fight against the rise of opiate addiction.More >>