Across the Fence is a daily, 15-minute television program co-produced by University of Vermont Extension and WCAX-TV, Channel 3. It is the only program of its kind in the United States, and airs weekdays at 12:15 p.m. on WCAX. The majority of programs are videotaped in the studio in advance of airing, with a studio host. Some programs and segments are videotaped on-location for later broadcast.

The daily Across the Fence audience is approximately 18,000 to 20,000 households, ages 45+, and from across Vermont, northern New York, western New Hampshire and southern Quebec.

Across the Fence covers a wide range of issues and topics; however, its primary goal is to inform viewers about activities being conducted by University of Vermont faculty, staff and students which benefit viewers and their communities.

Faces of Across the Fence

Fran Stoddard, Host

Fran is a veteran broadcast journalist who has covered the people and issues of Vermont for four decades. She is a familiar face to viewers across our state and region through her work on Vermont Public Television, where she was Producer/Host of the popular award-winning “Profile” program from 2001-2011. She also co-hosted “Switchboard”, the weekly evening call-in program on Vermont Public Radio.  In addition to her on-camera work, Fran is a former Associate Professor at Champlain College, where she taught video production. Fran is committed to building stronger, healthier, and more economically vibrant small cities and towns across Vermont and the nation, through her work with the Orton Family Foundation, and now “Across the Fence “and WCAX-TV.


Will Mikell, Producer

Will became the producer of Across the Fence in 2002 upon the retirement of long-time producer Lyn Jarvis. Scheduling guests, story and script development, and program selection are among the many roles Will has in the production of each daily episode. Before taking the ATF producer’s position, he was a writer for UVM Communications and a reporter at WCAX-TV from 1985 to 2000. Will is a native Vermonter and a graduate of St. Lawrence University.


Keith Silva, Associate Producer

Keith has the enviable task of telling stories about the people and places that make Vermont Vermont. After graduating from Norwich University in 1995, he began working for Across the Fence as a videographer and editor. As Keith transitioned from being behind the camera to being in front of it (something he once said he "would never do"), he learned to incorporate his skills as a visual storyteller into being an on-location reporter and producer.


Jeanne Keefe, Program Support

Jeanne began working for UVM Extension and the Vermont 4-H Program in 2002. In 2006, she joined the Across the Fence team to support the program. She enjoys speaking with the guests, taking calls from viewers, and the variety of topics that the show covers.