Mia Laurenzo

Television Producer

Mia Laurenzo is a 30-year veteran of public television in Miami. She began her career learning every aspect of video production. Currently she is a writer, producer, on-air host and promotions coordinator for TV, radio and the web.  Her experiences include producing for a series, special events and historical documentaries.  As a native Floridian, she is a perfect fit for South Florida's Storyteller Station, WLRN.  She has produced award winning, nationally distributed documentaries like Journey to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade where one year she followed a high school band and a clown as they prepared for the big day and the next year, she had the privilege of being a clown herself.  Previously, she produced Weird Florida: On the Road Again, a sequel to the highly successful show Weird Florida: Roads Less Traveled, where the cast and crew travel over 1,500 miles searching the Sunshine State’s weirdest and wackiest places.   On a more serious note and what she considers to be her most important work, she produced Out of Darkness, Into Light, a documentary on child sexual abuse,which delved into the lives of  three adult survivors, a show in which she was awarded her first of two Emmys.  

Edward VIII - The Nazi King (8 pm)

Was a member of the British royal family in cahoots with the Nazis? Recently declassified FBI files expose a surprising twist in the legacy of Edward VIII. In 1941, President Roosevelt had the Duke of Windsor investigated for suspicion of sympathizing with Nazi Germany. What the investigation found was an astonishing plot to put Edward VIII on Britain's throne as Hitlers Nazi puppet. Under different circumstances, could this relationship have changed history as we know it?

Its the big day and the band is running on pure adrenaline.  For them, sleep was not in the cards.  Far from the land of Sunshine these students are now having to endure the wind and the cold, but that's okay, the energy from the crowd makes them forget all about it.  For this is one of life's most memorable moments...

This is it! The last "official" rehearsal inside the Sheraton Ballroom before the big day.  Yes, I said inside because outside it's been raining, cold and I could swear I saw a snow flurry or two.  That could be me though, a typical Floridian looking for the excitement that snow brings.  Momentarily of course!

There will be one more rehearsal  at 3 am the day of the parade for the NBC crew.  The students have a whopping 10 minute time slot to perform their "American Reunion" themed piece for the cameras. 

Three different airlines transporting upwards of 180 students arriving at three different airports and somehow, if the wind blows just right and the planets are are aligned, everyone is to meet at Grand Central Station. 

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