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
5:20 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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VPR News
12:01 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Choosing Vermont: 'I Couldn't Do My Job, As It Exists Now, In Vermont'

Kate Warren says that while she appreciates her home state, there are more opportunities in Washington, D.C.
Courtesy Kate Warren

Kate Warren, 25, grew up in Richmond, but after leaving for college in New York's Hudson Valley, she hasn't moved back. Now based in Washington, D.C., Warren works as a professional photographer.

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VPR News
5:45 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Choosing Vermont: 'I Don't Know If I See Myself Here'

Alex Shevrin loves living in Burlington, but can imagine leaving Vermont eventually.
Courtesy Alex Shevrin

A teacher at an alternative school, Alex Shevrin first came to Vermont as a student at UVM, where she also earned her Vermont teacher's license.

The 27-year-old loves her life in Burlington, but career mobility for both her and her partner make her wonder if she's here to stay.

On why she stays

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VPR News
5:30 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Choosing Vermont: 'People Are Pushing For An Ideological Ideal That We Agree With'

Ariel Brooks with her husband Nathaniel Brooks, and daughter, Anne Darwin Brooks.
Kelly Fletcher

Ariel Brooks is the director of non-degree programs at Marlboro College. Living in Guildford with her husband and daughter, Brooks grew up in small-town New Mexico. Having met her husband in Boston, the two left the city in favor of southern Vermont.


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