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Behind the scenes with Vt. storyteller Eva Sollberger

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It is Joan Robinson's favorite part of her job-- inspiring kids to be creative. Robinson is retiring from the Flynn Theater after 18 years with the education program. And there to capture it all-- Eva Sollberger.

"I've never seen her teach a workshop and she is amazing," Sollberger said of Robinson.

Sollberger tells Vermont stories in a documentary style, letting the people she interviews shine.

"I guess I would call myself an artist slash storyteller slash multimedia producer, which is a title I made up," she said.

Six years ago, the 38-year-old started a weekly video segment for Seven Days called "Stuck in Vermont." Since then, she has created more than 30 hours of content with 2 million views.

Reporter Kristin Carlson: What do you think you've learned about Vermont and Vermonters?

Eva Sollberger: I have learned that Vermont has every type of person you can imagine, every type of person under the sun.

This week "Stuck in Vermont" turned 300; 300 episodes all taking viewers on a ride to experience Vermont, its people, places and events. That's longer than most TV shows run.

Kristin Carlson: What was it like growing up in Vermont?

Eva Sollberger: Well, not that picturesque for me. I moved to Vermont when I was 7 from Manhattan and that was a tough transition.

In high school, Sollberger felt like her quirky personality didn't fit in. So, she left Vermont to go to college, and then learned film and editing in California. She returned to Vermont to be close to her mom.

"I always tell people just look for the lady with a camera on a stick," she said.

"That's one thing about her job-- it's a one-woman show; she has control over everything," said Cathy Resmer, the associate publisher at Seven Days.

Sollberger works full time for the newspaper Seven Days, her 5-10 minute videos are posted on their website. But you won't often catch her at the Burlington office; she's either out on shoots or editing stories in her home.

Kristin Carlson: This is the famous Eva wardrobe.

Eva Sollberger: Yes, it's a bit of a kerfuffle.

Sollberger is known for wearing one-of-a-kind items from another era. They speak to her.

"Clothes have a story to tell and what I love about vintage clothing is-- is that you can look at it and imagine the person who used to wear it," she said.

Her personality can seem as bold as her clothes, but her sister, Margot Harrison, says that's only one part of her.

"I think some people see these light-hearted introductions that she will give and they think it is a breezy thing for her," Harrison said. "But if you talk to her when she's editing really late at night, you will see how seriously she takes this. She really cares about telling people's stories and doing it well."

An extrovert who can actually be quite shy.

"And to this day I still have nerves interviewing people, asking people to be interviewed because it's something I take really seriously," Sollberger said.

Kristin Carlson: What do you think makes a good story?

Eva Sollberger: To me, a good story is where you want to know more. It's something where you walk away from a video and you had candy and you want more candy. It's just so delectable.

Three hundred stories and counting... turning the idea of being stuck in Vermont on its head.

"Vermonters surprise you," Sollberger said. "When I was a teenager I wanted to get unstuck from Vermont, but now I'm perfectly happy to be stuck in Vermont."

In total, Eva Sollberger has created more than 30 hours of content with 2 million views.

For the 300th episode, Kristin Carlson turned the tables on Sollberger, producing a "Stuck in Vermont" on her. Click here to watch it.

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