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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VPR News
5:30 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Despite Clouds, Burlington Celebrates Pride Parade

Brass Balagan, a group that describes themselves as a radical street band, performed at the Pride Parade.
Annie Russell VPR

Burlington residents took to Church Street in droves to celebrate the city’s annual Pride Parade. Despite clouds overhead and chilly temperatures, spectators lined the parade route and gathered in Battery Park.

LGBTQ groups, community members and local businesses marched in the parade alongside politicians and religious organizations.

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VPR News
6:06 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Tech Workers Say State Jobs Website Is Lacking

A new jobs website launched in June as part of a larger economic development plan to draw more workers to the state, but some think the website is flawed.
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State officials have said they want to attract more skilled workers to the state and keep more Vermont grads here. To that end, officials often point to a new jobs website created earlier this summer.

But not everyone thinks the site is useful.

The website Great Jobs in Vermont launched in June as part of a larger economic development plan to draw more workers to the state.

When it launched, Gov. Peter Shumlin and other state officials said the goal was to bring more awareness to Vermont-based companies and job openings.

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The Catch-Up
12:13 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

The Catch-Up: Lake Champlain Is Kinda Gross

You might have heard about these blue-green algae blooms on Lake Champlain. But do you know what they smell like? What causes them? The health effects? VPR reporters Annie Russell and Taylor Dobbs take a field trip to an active bloom in St. Albans Bay to get some answers.

For a map of algae problem areas, check here.

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VPR News
5:20 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Winooski Voters Will Choose Between Veterans And Newbies

The Winooski farmer's market was the scene of last-minute campaigning for the city's two House seats.
Annie Russell VPR

Four candidates walk into a farmer’s market…

It sounds like the beginning to a joke, but this being Vermont, that was the scene in Winooski Sunday.

With traffic zipping through the roundabout nearby, candidates spoke with market-goers as a band played.

The race for the city of Winooski’s (and a small part of Burlington’s) two House seats is putting the spotlight on the changing demographics of the city. Voters will have a choice between familiar faces and political newcomers. 

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VPR News
4:29 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Choosing Vermont: Voices Of The State's Young Professionals

Young professionals in Vermont shared their thoughts on living in (or leaving) Vermont.
Photos courtesy Peter Brown, Ariel Brooks, Alex Shevrin, Dan Marchetti, Ben Bonaccio and Maureen McElaney

For VPR's Choosing Vermont series, young professionals from across the state shared their thoughts on living in (or leaving) Vermont. Eight voices were heard on-air, but countless more wrote in to tell us their stories.

We asked that interviewees simply share their individual experiences. We followed up the series with a conversation with Economic Development Commissioner Lisa Gosselin.

We expect to follow up on this series, and hear from more of Vermont’s young professionals.

Regional challenges

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The Catch-Up

The Catch-Up is VPR's news explainer series: we tell you what you need to know about the news in Vermont.

Do you have feedback or a suggested topic? Contact The Catch-Up.

The Catch-Up
3:45 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

The Catch-Up: Primary Elections, Explained

What's the point of primary elections? What are "open primaries"? In the first installment of The Catch-Up, VPR's new explainer series, we tell you what you need to know.

For more information from the Vermont Secretary of State's office, check out this page.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Corren Stresses Write-In Campaign At Kickoff Event

Lietenant governor candidate Dean Corren used his campaign kickoff event to emphanize his Democratic write-in campaign.
Annie Russell VPR

Vermont will choose a lieutenant governor in November. It’s shaping up to be the race to watch this fall.

Saturday at the statehouse, Progressive candidate Dean Corren officially kicked off his campaign for the office. There, Corren emphasized his Democratic Primary write-in campaign.

The kickoff was hosted by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield. Yes, that Ben and Jerry.

“Some say the incumbent has the advantage,” Cohen said, introducing the event. “That's what they said about Häagen Dazs.”

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VPR News
5:33 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Choosing Vermont: What's The State Doing To Keep Vermont's Young Professionals?

VPR's Choosing Vermont series has featured the voices of Vermont's young professionals - why they stay, and why they may choose to leave.

Vermont's Commissioner of Economic Development Lisa Gosselin says it's not a new issue.

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VPR News
5:45 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Choosing Vermont: 'Vermont And I Are Growing On Each Other'

Peter Brown came to Vermont for college and hasn't left. He and his wife love living in Burlington with quick access to the outdoors.
Courtesy Peter Brown

31-year-old Peter Brown is a software developer at Agilion, a remote company based in Burlington. While Brown could make web applications anywhere, he chooses Vermont because of the quality of life he says he hasn't found anywhere else.

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