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AJAs 2016 Finalists


Slug/Label Backstage Pass
Date Aired or Published Nov. 4, 2020
Media outlet where first aired or published: NTV News
Name of Program: The NTV Evening Newshour
If co-produced, list partner: N/A
Location: St. John's
List awards, grants: N/A
Running time (TV/Radio): 3:45

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

She's known to television audiences world-wide as the flamboyant and funny mom of Real Housewives of Orange County star Lydia McLaughlin. Judy Stirling, 73, steals almost every scene in which she appears. But that's perhaps a glimpse into the real Judy Stirling. Her zest for life is contagious and her light-hearted outlook is heartwarming. She also paints the town wherever she goes, literally - whether it's glitter-bombing people or well, simply painting. That's how Amanda Mews caught up with her, a painting lesson that was as fun as it was informative. But make so mistake, Judy Stirling has as many layers as her painters' pallet - and Amanda delivered a fascinating portrait.

Resources of the newsroom (money and time) available to complete the story:

Amanda Mews and camera operator Glenn Andrews spent an afternoon in Judy Stirling rural Newfoundland home, located just outside the city.

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