Tony Ruffolo in Rio

Tony Ruffolo in Rio

RIO DE JANEIROWPXI-TV video journalist & WC grad Tony Ruffolo took viewers and social media followers up close and behind the scenes at the Rio Games.

The Channel 11 News videographer was embedded at the Olympics as the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh covers the events in Brazil with live broadcasts, stories and social media posts.

He’s often worked next to crews from NBC’s “Today” show, etc.

Ruffolo’s days were long. His video gear is heavy.  Working the Rio Games was a lot more work than chasing stories in Pittsburgh.

Image courtesy Tony Ruffolo.

The set of NBC’s “Today” in Rio. Image courtesy Tony Ruffolo.

Image courtesy Demany Lewis.

Image courtesy Demany Lewis.

“I have to carry in my run bag (what we call the backpack that our extra gear – more batteries, microphones, etc.) everything I’ll need for the day.

At home, I can leave some of it in the car. Battery dies? No problem, I’ll run out to the car for another. So this is what is wearing me out.

Additionally, I am walking a heck of a lot more to get to the story. The shuttle buses only drop us off near a locale. It is never right at the location we need to be.

Sure the days are longer with the commute time and events not being scheduled around my shift. I was tired enough that I dozed off on the shuttle this morning.”

The WPXI news team in Rio. Demany Lewis, Tony Ruffolo, Mike Drewecki and Gordon Loesch

The WPXI news team in Rio. Demany Lewis, Tony Ruffolo, Mike Drewecki and Gordon Loesch

Demany Lewis intrerviews 1500meter ‪#‎BronzeMedal‬ winner Jenny Simpson. ‪

WPXI’s Ruffolo & Lewis sit down with 1500meter ‪‎Bronze Medal‬ winner Jenny Simpson. ‪

Ruffolo worked side by side with WPXI reporter Damany Lewis as they hit the streets of Rio and the Olympic venues as one of two crews on scene from WPXI.

Their work was featured on Channel 11 newscasts and is available on wpxi.com.

Ruffolo is engaged in social media for the station.  In Rio, he posted insightful and entertaining entries about his experiences as a member of the Pittsburgh media working in Brazil.  He also shared interesting and candid images and short video clips on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for Channel 11.

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Ruffolo is a 1985 graduate who studied under Dr. David Barner in the broadcasting program.  Ruffolo and his Channel 11 peers will remain in Rio until August 22.

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