Annie Russell

Weekend Producer/Reporter

Annie Russell is VPR's weekend producer/reporter. She has interned for NPR at Weekends on All Things Considered and for WNYC at On The Media.  She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School.

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Thousands of supporters gathered at Burlington's waterfront this week to cheer on Sen. Bernie Sanders as he officially kicked off his presidential campaign, but not everyone is taking the bid as seriously.

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Andrea Craft is looking for a new place to live. But she's not having much luck.

"Most of the time I don't even really get the chance to apply for the apartment because people won't respond to my attempts to contact them," she says.

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One of Vermont's oldest unsolved murder cases is getting a facelift.

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A lot has happened since Vermont Sen. Norm McAllister was arrested on felony sexual assault charges.

First, there was word he'd resign – but that didn't happen.

Then there was pressure from lawmakers for him to step down, and yesterday a Vermont Senate panel stripped the Franklin County Republican of all his committee assignments.

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While Vermont's lawmakers are unlikely to get around to deciding whether to legalize marijuana this session, the University of Vermont is hoping to keep the conversation about cannabis going with an online Cannabis Speaker Series.

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Registering to vote in Vermont may soon get a little bit easier. On Tuesday, the state House passed a bill that would let citizens register to vote on Election Day itself. Lawmakers still must agree on some changes to the bill before it goes to Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin, who supports Election Day registration.

If he signs it, Vermont will be the 14th state — plus the District of Columbia — that has decided to allow voters to register on Election Day. But laws like this are not without their critics.

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Can music be visual? Wren Kitz, a guitarist from Burlington, thinks so. He recently made a record, For Evelyn, weaving his music with found sound and field recordings to try to give listeners a visual, surreal experience.

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Branded as “The King” or “Ronald Reagan,” potent and possibly deadly batches of heroin are again popping up in New England.

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On Sunday, cyclists from around Vermont are expected to go for a ride that one of their own never had the chance to complete.

Richard Tom, 47, was killed after getting hit by a car last Sunday morning in Hinesburg. The driver of the car – 17-year-old Joseph Marshall – was also killed.


Try to imagine New England 100 years into the future. A future in which access to water isn't a right, but a privilege controlled by the powerful. That's the premise of a new science fiction action film that was written, produced and directed by University of Vermont Matthew Lipke. 

The film is called Elixir and it debuts Friday night at the Roxy theater in Burlington.

On the basic plot of the film