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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Can jokes about depression and anxiety be funny? Aparna Nancherla thinks so.

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The auditor is charged with being a watchdog of state government. The mission of the office is to "foster the prevention of waste, fraud and abuse."

Police say five people are dead after a wrong-way driver caused several dramatic crashes on I-89 in Williston around midnight Sunday.

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After a year of unsuccessful contract talks, the Burlington School Board has moved to impose working conditions on teachers without their approval. The teachers' union has rejected that move, but the school board maintains it simply doesn't have the money to agree to the teachers' proposal.

Tensions are running high between the Burlington School Board and the city's teachers union. After unsuccessful contract talks, the board moved to impose working conditions on teachers last week, without their approval.

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Dr. Carol A. Moore, the former president of Burlington College, has spoken out about the college's closure earlier this year in a letter to the editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

In the letter, titled "What Really Happened at Burlington College," Moore blames the school's financial trouble on former board members and a large land purchase authorized when Jane Sanders was president of Burlington College.

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New England governors and eastern Canadian premiers last week signed a resolution on climate change. 


You may be tempted to call Hari Kondabolu a political comic, but he'd prefer you to call him a "Mainstream American Comic." That's the title of his latest comedy album. Kondabolu, who will be performing Aug. 26 and Aug. 27 at Vermont Comedy Club, spoke with VPR about the album, discussing race and finding humor in politics.


When you think of sketch comedy, the Mormon Church may not be the first thing that springs to mind. With the huge popularity of the play The Book of Mormon, you might think of the church as more of a punch line. A new documentary is changing that by following a sketch group called “Studio C” based in Provo, Utah. It's made up of practicing Mormons, with oversight from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The federal Department of Justice's decision to stop using privately-run prisons is reverberating throughout Vermont.

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Vermont officials have been warning drug users about a potentially dangerous batch of heroin that's been making the rounds over the past week. They say it may be responsible for at least 10 overdoses so far, but no deaths.

New Hampshire has been toughening drug charges against dealers who sell deadly doses and one dealer in Bennington County was charged with second-degree murder last winter.

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A new study shows Vermont's opioid crisis is taking an incredible toll on one population: newborn babies. The study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS, that can occur in newborns whose mothers are addicted.

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The first time Michelle Cunningham sold her homemade doughnuts at the Burlington Farmers' Market, she made too few. After selling out before noon, she realized there was a market in Vermont for high-quality doughnuts made from local ingredients.

If you live in Vermont, there's a good chance your electric bill will go up a bit this fall. State regulators at the Department of Public Service have approved a rate increase for Green Mountain Power, the state's largest utility.

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Earlier this summer, thousands of members of the Rainbow Family of Living Light, a loose affiliation of peace activists, made their way to the Green Mountain National Forest for their annual celebration of nature and hippie culture. This year’s festivities peaked around the Fourth of July, but the gathering is still winding down.

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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On Wednesday, Seven Days reported that the Franklin County state's attorneys office dropped sexual assault charges against Sen. Norm McAllister after learning new information that posed an "ethical dilemma" for prosecutors, requiring them to abandon the case.

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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.