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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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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Not sure what the deal is with the upcoming Vermont elections? 

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When then-Burlington Free Press photographer Emily McManamy captured the scenes at a monthly pro-wrestling event in St. Albans a few years back, she thought it would just be for a newspaper story. But with the help of the Folklife Center in Middlebury, she’s turned it into a multi-media exhibit that the Center is currently hosting.

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As colleagues, students, family and friends mourn the death of Vermont Law School professor and VPR commentator Cheryl Hanna, we present a collection of the commentaries — both legal and personal — that Hanna contributed to VPR over the years.

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At the University of Vermont's Food Systems Summit this week, a farm labor expert shared a personal perspective on life for some of Vermont's migrant farm workers.

Agroecologist Eric Holt-Giménez traveled to Vermont from Oakland, California, where he's the executive director of Food First, the Institute for Food and Development Policy.

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Ever wondered what it's like to pilot your very own plane? For the next installment of Vermont Edition's Summer School series, we hop into a Cessna 150 for a flying lesson with Kevin Coffrin, an instructor at the Vermont Flight Academy.

Skeptical of a recent statement by the Food and Drug Administration that the agency does not, in fact, intend to crack down on the practice of aging artisan cheese on wooden boards, Rep. Peter Welch said Thursday that he intends to move forward with an effort to block enforcement of that rule.

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A recent rule interpretation by the Food and Drug Administration that aging cheese on wooden surfaces does not conform to sanitation standards has Vermont cheese makers worrying and Rep. Peter Welch working to block funding for its enforcement.

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Question: Are you supporting a local dairy when you buy, say, goat's milk yogurt from South Burlington's new Trader Joe's? Answer: maybe, maybe not. 

While much has been made about the potential impact of Trader Joe's on local businesses, it's more difficult to gauge the pain – or gain – that the store may bring for local growers and producers. That's because Trader Joe's, known for keeping mum about its business model, won't say which of its products it's buying from Vermont businesses. 

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A severe storm system moved through central Vermont on its way southeast this afternoon, producing a short-lived tornado warning and a shower of damaging hail.

While the tornado warning has expired, the National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for southern Windsor county and eastern Rutland county until 6 p.m.

Forecasters and storm chasers took to Twitter to document the storm, nostalgic, perhaps, for this year's punishing winter.

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More than a dozen migrant workers and activists staged a demonstration at a Ferrisburgh dairy farm Friday morning, protesting poor worker living conditions and demanding back pay for three workers who recently quit in response to the quality of their housing.

Living conditions on the farm, which supplies the St. Albans Co-Op Creamery, were sub-par, according to Victor Diaz, who had quit the previous day. He talked about leaky roofs, close quarters, and, most recently, sewage flowing through the sink, shower and washing machine in the trailer that the workers shared.

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