August 3, 2020

Tony Gugliotta Steps Behind the Camera


Tony Gugliotta has gone from being in front of a camera to being behind one as an instructor of television production at Seekonk High School. Gugliotta, 39, was a reporter at Providence’s WJAR/Channel 10 for the past eight years.  For the Walpole native, teaching was always something that interested him. Gugliotta has family members who are also in the profession. “I feel like this was the right job for me,” Gugliotta explained. “The whole community has been great. The teachers have been super helpful. The administration has been very helpful.”

In the school’s television studio, Gugliotta shows his students how to shoot video, edit video, and supervises the production of the school’s bi-weekly newscast, which airs on Channel 17.  Gugliotta used to teach interns at WJAR about video production, which was something he enjoyed doing. He said teaching as many as 20 students at a time has been an adjustment. “The classes are big,” Gugliotta noted. “It’s been a challenge to keep everybody’s attention. People learn at different speeds. The (students) have been pumping out some great stuff so I am impressed with their innate talents.”

Gugliotta attended Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island where he double-majored in Business and Communications. He graduated in 2002. His television career took him all over the country, including stints at stations in Idaho and Burlington, Vermont before landing at WJAR. Gugliotta loves New England and enjoyed covering local news stories. “I appreciated the community support from Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island,” Gugliotta said. “Every job has its’ ups and downs and I think Channel 10 was no different for me. I really liked getting out into all the communities that we cover. One day I might be in Newport and the next day I might be in Fall River. I really enjoyed the fact that I got to meet people from the region every day.”

From his time in broadcast journalism, Gugliotta learned how to take criticism in stride and developed what he calls a “thick skin.” “I learned that (the news) is watched with a very keen eye by viewers,” Gugliotta noted. “Everybody has something to say and 95 percent of the time it’s negative. I think it’s important to take what they say to heart to a point and use that to learn.”

Gugliotta’s favorite moments were covering various New England sports teams, including the Patriots in the Super Bowl, the Red Sox in the World Series, and the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals.  “I had some wonderful opportunities (at WJAR) and I am forever grateful for those learning experiences,” Gugliotta add


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