Angela Evancie

Managing Editor for Podcasts

Angela Evancie is VPR's managing editor for podcasts and the host of VPR's people-powered journalism podcast, Brave Little State.

Angela joined VPR's news team in 2013 as as a digital producer; she became the station's first digital editor for news in 2015. Her work on the team helped earn VPR numerous national awards, including a 2016 national Edward R. Murrow Excellence in Video award for a Lego explanation of how the Iowa caucus works, a 2015 Associated Press Media Editors (APME) Community Engagement award for VPR's Traces Project and a 2014 Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) award for VPR's multimedia campaign coverage. In 2015, her story about the difficulty of determining what's local at Trader Joe's was awarded a regional Edward R. Murrow award in the writing category.

In 2016, Angela and former VPR All Things Considered host Alex Keefe launched Brave Little State, a podcast about curiosity and Vermont that aims to make journalism more inclusive, more transparent and more fun. The fifth episode of the show, about Vermont's Abenaki Native Americans, earned a national Edward R. Murrow award for news documentary. 

Angela has contributed work to NPR, This American Life and The Atlantic, among other outlets. She launched her journalism career with a 2010 Compton Mentor Fellowship and a 2011 Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism. 

Angela attended Middlebury College and holds a master of arts degree from the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English. A native of Addison County, she now lives in the Upper Valley.

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Debate about school funding has long involved discussions about tuitioning, where students attend schools in districts other than their own with funding from their home districts.

These can be public schools, independent schools — even, in some cases, schools out of state or in Canada. In South Burlington, there are many schools enrolling school choice students just miles away from one another, including the public South Burlington High School and the independent Vermont Commons School.

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The Alchemist brewery has joined 23 breweries across the country in a pledge to reduce their operations' greenhouse emissions and to join the call for substantive action on climate change.

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As Vermonters, we're used to our cheese and our beer and our spirits cleaning up at national and international competitions. But a San Francisco-based award recently bestowed on two Vermont producers recognizes culinary achievement in an unorthodox category: preserves.

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When Nathan Benn was a very young photographer in the early 1970s, he got an assignment from National Geographic to go shoot pictures of Vermont. When you look at those photographs now, many of which were never published in the magazine, they are so clearly from a different era.

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Your Christmas tree may be dry and droopy and dropping its needles, but as far as the goats at Pine Island Farm are concerned, it's looking pretty tasty.

That's according to Karen Fruedenberger, project manager at the Vermont Goat Collaborative in Colchester, which is currently soliciting unwanted Christmas trees, a.k.a. goat snacks, on its Facebook page.

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Today, the term farm-to-table signifies the epitome of local food. But nearly 200 years ago, it meant something entirely different when Thanksgiving turkeys traveled hundreds of miles from Vermont farms to Massachusetts tables — on foot.

"Turkey drives" were an autumnal tradition from the 1800s to the early 1900s, and involved the overland strolling of flocks of turkeys from all corners of Vermont to their destination — and demise — in Boston.

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Before a recent batch of the Cellars at Jasper Hill's Bayley Hazen Blue cheese was finished aging, before it was ready to sell, and before it would be crowned – or rinded? – "World's Best Unpasteurized Cheese" at the World Cheese Awards in London, its makers knew they had something special.

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Food grown and produced in Vermont may soon be making an appearance at a new market opening in Boston. The initiative is part of a new "domestic export program" called for by an economic development bill signed into law by Gov. Peter Shumlin earlier this year.

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A Vermont man is in voluntary quarantine to prevent risk of spreading the Ebola virus after he returned this week from West Africa. Officials say the unnamed man was attempting to help in Ebola-affected areas of Guinea and Sierra Leone. But they said he does not have symptoms of the deadly disease.

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For an office that can't actually do that much, the race for Vermont's Lieutenant Governor – between incumbent Republican Phil Scott and Progressive/Democratic candidate Dean Corren – is getting a lot of attention.

VPR's Peter Hirschfeld explains why.

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Growth in Vermont's local food systems is outpacing that of the state's overall economy by a rate of three to one and creating thousands of new jobs, according to new numbers identified by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund.

Over the past five years, local food systems have grown at a rate of 3 percent, while Vermont's economy as a whole has only grown at a rate of 1 percent. 

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With the announcement Monday morning that IBM is offloading its chip division, including its plant in Essex Junction, to the California-based semiconductor manufacturer GlobalFoundries, we sifted through the archives to find photographs of the plant's early days, IBM products at use in Vermont and beyond, and the shifting fortunes of the company and its local employees through the years.

Here's what the approach to the Essex plant looked like in 1958:

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Beginning in January, the University of Vermont will offer a first-of-its kind professional certificate in food hub management.

Food hubs are organizations that help connect farmers with restaurants and stores to sell their food, and they’ve been growing in popularity in recent years. 

Ann Karlen will be one of the faculty members of the new program. She’s the founding director of the group Fair Food in Philadelphia, and says food hubs are especially important to farmers who need a distributor for selling to larger markets.

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Recent sightings of a low-flying helicopter in Chittenden and Franklin counties have left some residents puzzled. But if you've been hypothesizing about covert NSA ops in the Green Mountain State, put your fears aside.

The chopper has been spreading seed for cover crop onto cornfields.

"Yeah, it's a winter cereal rye," Kirsten Workman, an agronomy outreach professional with the University of Vermont Extension's Middlebury office, said Monday.

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Heading into the November elections, Gov. Peter Shumlin is sitting on more than $1 million. So we decided to check out where it came from.

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Purchasing a CSA isn't the only way for individuals to invest in Vermont's food economy. Or, it won't be, when Slow Money Vermont gets off the ground.

The new network, an offshoot of the national movement that aims to "bring money back down to earth," will connect local entrepreneurs with investors in an effort to contribute to the state's sustainable food economy.

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With more than 80 percent of precincts reporting, most major primary races showed a clear victor before midnight on Tuesday, but the three-way race for the Republican nomination the U.S. House of Representatives was still tight. As of Wednesday morning at 9:15 with 240 of 275 districts reporting, Mark Donka held a lead of 94 votes over Donald Russell. Donald Nolte trailed Donka by 409 votes.

Here are the latest unofficial results from the Secretary of State:

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Following the Monday morning death of former Vermont U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords, VPR dug into its archives for recordings of the pivotal moments in Jeffords' career – including his bombshell 2001 announcement that he would leave the Republican party.

We also dusted off the tape of Jeffords' announcement, in 2005, that he would retire from the Senate, re-digitized The Jeffords Effect, a five-part series we created in 2002, and collected photographs of Jeffords' time in Washington and Vermont.

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If you've ever made iced coffee, your efforts may have involved pouring piping hot joe over ice cubes that immediately melt, or sticking your leftover coffee in the fridge. But there's another way. Oh yes.

For this week's Summer School lesson, we get an education in cold brew coffee. It's perfect for the summer, because you don't even need to boil water – but you do need a bit of patience.

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