Annie Russell

Weekend Producer/Reporter

Annie Russell is VPR's weekend producer. 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. She loves the Boston Celtics unconditionally.

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A Rutland man was put in voluntary quarantine after visiting West Africa and returning to the state.

And then everyone went nuts.

Halloween is around the corner, but some comic fans dress up in costume year-round. And all manner of characters came out for the first annual Vermont Comic Con in Burlington this weekend. Folks dressed in elaborate costumes ranging from obscure comic characters to fairytale favorites.

For some, it’s a chance to be a hero – or a villain – for a day.  

Curtis Swafford won the “novice” category in the costume contest. He dressed as Edward Elric from “Fullmetal Alchemist,” a Japanese manga series.  

Young Vermonters often leave the state in search of higher-paying opportunities in big cities, but increasingly, tech and engineering jobs are available right here.

At Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium, job seekers showed up with resumes in hand, and companies were ready to greet them.

Much has been said about Burlington’s growing tech industry, and nowhere did it seem more robust than the eighth annual Vermont Tech Jam.

The taxi-ish company Uber has launched in Burlington. Will convenience win out, or is Uber's hyper-competitive philosophy a bad fit for Vermont?

The lieutenant governor’s race is the one to watch this election season. And this weekend, both candidates hit the campaign trail. Or at least the campaign track.

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott was in the middle of a race this weekend. Well, two races actually.

“For some of my competitors, they think being lieutenant governor is somewhat of an interesting hobby for a race car driver,” said Scott.

Scott had just completed a time trial to qualify for the Milk Bowl at Thunder Road in Barre. It’s one of the biggest stock car races in Vermont.

The next few weekends are expected to be among the busiest for fall tourists hoping to peep some leaves and sample cider donuts, but Saturday’s rain forced some visitors to alter their plans.

On Route 100 between Waterbury and Stowe, traffic was crawling this weekend.

It’s a great spot to play the license plate game. New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey, not to mention Quebec, are all represented within a five minute drive.

Goddard College is facing a storm of criticism for inviting a man convicted of murdering a police officer to speak at the school’s commencement this weekend. The college defends the decision.

Mumia Abu-Jamal will address a small group of graduates, at one of 20 ceremonies held annually.

Abu-Jamal was convicted for the December 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. He was originally on death row, but his sentence was reduced to life imprisonment without parole in 2011.

Everybody seems to want an invite to Ello, the new social network pitching itself as the anti-Facebook. We talk about Ello's Vermont roots and its challenges.

Disclosure: VPR is an investor in Fresh Tracks Capital's Fund II. That fund was not used to finance Ello.

Parking rates in Vermont’s largest city are going up. And Burlington will introduce “smart” parking meters where drivers can pay with credit cards.

But the roll-out of the new system has been pushed back by a month.

If you’ve ever driven around downtown Burlington looking for a parking spot, you know it feels as though spaces are limited.

The Vermont Democratic State Committee voted Saturday to formally endorse Progressive Lt. Gov. candidate Dean Corren.

But that doesn’t mean he’ll have access to all of the party’s resources.

Corren already had the Democratic nomination under his belt, thanks to a write-in campaign in the Democratic primary. But the party stopped short of formally endorsing Corren.

That changed Saturday, when Democrats voted 31 to four in favor of endorsing the Progressive candidate.