Annie Russell

All Things Considered Producer/Reporter

Annie Russell is VPR's All Things Considered producer/reporter. She came to VPR from NPR's Weekends on All Things Considered and  WNYC's  On The Media.  She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School.

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From Bagdhad to Istanbul to Bangladesh, attacks being associated with ISIS have terrorized the world over the past week. 

Terrorists in Dhaka, Bangladesh slaughtered 28 people at a restaurant over the weekend.

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Starting Wednesday morning, U.S. House Democrats staged a rare sit-in on the House floor to demand action on gun violence. Vermont Rep. Peter Welch was among those that participated, and spoke to VPR Wednesday afternoon from the cloakroom off the House floor.

Soon one of Vermont's oldest papers will no longer put out print editions daily. Leaders of the Rutland Herald and its sister paper, the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, announced Monday that starting next month, both publications will only be printing the paper four days a week.

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It's all but certain that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic presidential nominee. But Sen. Bernie Sanders has been saying for months that he's staying in the race until the convention — in part — to influence the party's platform.

The Pride Center of Vermont is holding a vigil Wednesday for Amos Beede, the transgender man who died of injuries sustained in an attack on May 23 in Burlington.

Finding the capacity to care for acute mental health cases in Vermont has been a challenge in recent years, especially since Tropical Storm Irene shut down the state mental hospital. 

That challenge may be about to get even more difficult.

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Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo says the recent beating death of a transgender man living in a homeless camp near Burlington's Barge Canal may have been the result of "petty" fighting between camp factions rather than motivated by bias.

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New state data out last month show the vaccination rate for kindergartners is on the rise in Vermont. But so is the number of parents claiming religious exemptions to getting their kids vaccinated. That's as the state is phasing out another exemption that let parents skip vaccinating their kids for philosophical reasons.

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When you think of drug use in Vermont, you probably think about the opioid epidemic. Back in 2014, Gov. Peter Shumlin dedicated his entire State of the State address to it. And the problem become a top priority for treatment professionals and law enforcement.

But sometimes, a crackdown on one drug makes the illegal drug market shift toward another, and Vermont authorities have noticed a surge in crack cocaine use and related violence.

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Dr. Carol Moore, the president of Burlington College, spoke with VPR Wednesday about what she called "not a pleasant topic": the closure of the college, the contributing factors and what's next for BC students.

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The imminent closure of Burlington College next week is getting national attention thanks to the school’s former president and the presidential campaign.

Last week, Rutland Mayor Chris Louras announced about 100 refugees would be arriving in the city starting in October. The announcement came as a surprise to local lawmakers and residents, who up until that point had not been told anything about the plan.

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What do Flannery O'Connor, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Ulysses and State Treasurer Beth Pearce have in common? They're all referenced on the new record from Burlington-based band Violet Ultraviolet.

Songwriter Jake Brennan spoke with VPR about the new album Pop City and the inspirations behind it.

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Voters in Indiana handed Sen. Bernie Sanders a key victory in Tuesday's Democratic presidential primary. The win came after a series of electoral losses to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the announcement that the Sanders camp would be cutting more than 200 staffers. Sanders says he's still fighting to win the nomination — though he acknowledges it'll be an uphill fight.

Earlier this week Mayor Christopher Louras announced the city of Rutland will take in 100 Syrian refugees starting in October. Louras says he’s been working closely with state and federal refugee agencies to create Vermont’s first relocation community for Syrians.

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Another Tuesday, another spate of presidential primaries. This time, voters in five northeastern states are casting ballots but far-and-away the biggest prize is Pennsylvania.

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After his loss Tuesday night, Sen. Bernie Sanders flew back to Burlington. 

“Today we took Secretary Clinton on in her own state of New York and we lost," Sanders told reporters at the Burlington Airport. "I congratulate Secretary Clinton on her victory.”

The Brattleboro Reformer, the Bennington Banner and several other Vermont newspapers are getting a new owner.

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Southern Vermont has been dealing with water contamination from the chemical PFOA, but it's becoming clear the issue is more widespread. The suspected carcinogen has not only been found in drinking water in Pownal and Bennington, but also in New York and New Hampshire.

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This month marks 27 years since the start of pro-democracy protests in China that culminated in the Tiananmen Square massacre in June 1989. To this day, the Chinese government tries to suppress what really happened during the protests.

But that hasn't stopped Fang Zheng from telling his story.

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