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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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. 

Kris Anderson

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.

Angela Evancie / VPR

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.

Toby Talbot / AP

As if leading the country in maple syrup production weren't enough, Vermont producers upped their output to nearly a million gallons in 2012.

The number represents a surge of more than 50 percent since 2007, according to the final results of the 2012 federal Census of Agriculture.

In 2012, Vermont produced 999,391 gallons of syrup, or 43.5 percent of the national total, according to the results, which the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released on May 2.

Chris Cammock / "Why We Stay"

There are two types of people in this state: those who stay here, and those who leave.

Well, maybe it's not so simple. Some people leave and come back; some people leave but still call Vermont home; some people boomerang to and fro for years before returning to settle down for good; some people arrive from "away" set down their own roots.

Over 50 eligible Vermont schools can provide universal free school lunch — offered to all students, and made available without requiring an application — next school year, thanks to a new provision offered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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The Addison County Regional Planning Commission has voted in favor of Phase II of the Vermont Gas Pipeline.

At a meeting in Middlebury Wednesday night, the commission voted 15 to 11 that the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project, which would pipe gas from Middlebury to the International Paper Mill in Ticonderoga, New York, conforms with "applicable provisions" of the Addison County Regional Plan.

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It's easy to find goat milk and goat cheese in Vermont. Goat meat, not so much.

That makes it hard for members of the state's refugee population. The city of Burlington is home to more than 6,000 Africans, South Asians and Central Europeans who are accustomed to eating goat on a regular basis.

But there's a movement afoot to meet the demand not only of refugees in Vermont, but of ethnic populations throughout New England and what may be a growing mainstream market for the meat. 

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You know the old saying: March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Well, Wednesday and Thursday's weather may prove at least half of that adage true. A massive storm is hitting New England.

Track the National Weather Service radar for our region with this handy tool from WNYC.

Final Update 4:30 p.m. 3/13/14

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Two cyclists walk into a bar. Then they get on stationary bikes and pedal like crazy.

It's a form of racing called goldsprints, and it's a social event as much as it is an athletic competition. Ingredients for a goldsprints event are simple: Two bikes, front wheels removed, set into a metal frame. The back wheels go on rollers. Add a little music and an emcee, and you've got yourself a sporting good time.

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Addison County sent a strong message of opposition to Phase II of the Vermont Gas pipeline at Town Meetings held on Monday and Tuesday.

At Cornwall's Town Meeting on Monday evening, voters passed a non-binding resolution to oppose the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project, 126-16.

Also on Monday, residents in Shoreham also approved a non-binding resolution to oppose Phase II of the pipeline, 63-38.

And Monkton voters strongly denounced the pipeline on Tuesday, with three speakers delivering prepared remarks against the project and no one speaking in support.

Toby Talbot / AP

The first Tuesday in March has special meaning in Vermont. It marks Town Meeting Day, when communities gather to participate in a tradition with roots in the beginnings of American democracy. It is self-governance at its purest, and Vermont towns have charted their courses and balanced their budgets this way since the 1800s.

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Small-scale agriculture is alive and well in Vermont, despite a national trend that shows farmland being consolidated into fewer, bigger operations.

That's according to preliminary results from the 2012 Census of Agriculture, conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Toby Talbot / AP

Vermont's slaughter and meat processing industry is booming, and meat inspectors at the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets can't keep up.

That's according to Diane Bothfeld, deputy secretary at the Agency, who told participants at a policy roundtable at the Northeast Organic Farmers' Association of Vermont (NOFA) winter conference on Feb. 16 that the Agency is looking to expand its staff to meet a growing demand for locally butchered and processed meat.

Edward Koren

Edward Koren will be appointed Vermont's second cartoonist laureate on Feb. 27, the Center for Cartoon Studies announced Monday.

Koren, a longtime cartoonist, illustrator and cover artist for The New Yorker magazine, will succeed James Kochalka, who was appointed in 2011.

Koren's work is characterized by black-and-white sketches of shaggy creatures, often resembling wolves, as well as humans with large noses.

Last fall, Vermont's Poet Laureate and Cartoonist Laureate collaborated on a unique project: a small book of illustrated poems. Poet Sydney Lea and cartoonist James Kochalka traded verse and drawing for what became Vermont Double Laureate Team-Up.

A new study that explores the impacts of domestic violence on employees' productivity and morale has inspired more than 40 local businesses to begin establishing formal domestic violence policies.

Angela Evancie / VPR

In a day marked by ceremony and substance, lawmakers returned to Montpelier on Tuesday, greeting each other like old classmates and then getting right to work on the vexing issue of health care.

House Speaker Shap Smith banged his gavel shortly after 10 a.m. to call the House to order for the second half of the biennium. The speaker made a reference to the first day of school as he reminded the 150 House members to be on time.

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A law passed last spring that led to new rules for commercial on-farm slaughter is going through some growing pains.

H-515, the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets housekeeping bill, made it legal for farmers to facilitate on-farm slaughter, but not conduct it themselves. The limitations – and wording – of the rule are causing some frustration and confusion.

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