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
5:52 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Celebration Shows Growth And Diversity Of Vermont's Islamic Community

Muslims celebrated the end of Ramadan with communal prayers and celebrations at the Sheraton Hotel in Burlington on July 28.
Angela Evancie VPR

In Burlington today, Muslims celebrated the end of Ramadan with communal prayers and celebrations. This year’s celebration shows the growth and diversity of the Islamic community in Vermont.

Two thousand worshipers gathered at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

This marks the end of month-long period during which Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset.

And it begins the Eid ul-Fitr or “feast of fast breaking” holiday, where Muslims exchange social visits and celebrate.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Beer Fans Line Up For Small Batch Offerings At Vermont Brewer's Festival

Beer enthusiasts line up for Lawson's Finest Liquids, one of the most popular offerings at the festival.
Annie Russell VPR

With over 30 breweries in Vermont- to say nothing of home brewers- there is craft beer being made in just about every corner of the state.

This past weekend, the Vermont Brewer’s Festival celebrated those beer makers, along with those visiting from New England and Quebec.

At the Burlington waterfront on Saturday, beer lovers lined up to sample a wide range of beers from Vermont’s ever-growing craft beer industry.

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VPR Blog
8:34 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Choosing Vermont: Who Are The State's Young Professionals?

Outdoor attractions like Camel's Hump add to the active lifestyle that keeps some young Vermonters in-state. But many others see more opportunity for career growth in major cities.
ErikaMitchell Thinkstock

State officials have long encouraged young people to stay and work in Vermont. But still, many young Vermonters are choosing to leave the state to find opportunity elsewhere. To this end, the state launched a new jobs website last month, and the Vermont Strong Scholar Program seeks to reimburse tuition for Vermonters in some cases.

Tell us your story. Have you chosen to build a career in Vermont? Or have you made the decision to seek work elsewhere?

VPR News
9:12 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Students Say UVM Residential Life Could Be More Trans-Friendly

Some students are highlighting issues trans students face in UVM's residences.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

The University of Vermont has long been a national leader in the area of inclusiveness for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. And the Advocate magazine counted UVM among the top schools for transgender students in 2012.

But some students say the university still has a long way to go.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Mon June 30, 2014

World Cup Draws International Fans To Burlington

The World Cup action continued in Brazil this weekend, even though the U.S. team had a few days off.

In Burlington, the international flavor of the competition drew fans who cheered for teams from around the world. The U.S. men’s soccer team isn’t scheduled to play again until Tuesday, but that hasn’t stopped Vermonters from following all of the Word Cup games.

At Das Bierhaus in Burlington, sports fans gathered Sunday to watch a match. There’s a table of Dutch-Americans dressed in orange here to root for the Netherlands, who are playing Mexico.

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Vermont Edition
1:57 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Summer School: How To Sing Karaoke

Mackenzie Sivret says it's not necessary to have a great voice to sing karaoke.
nikkytok Thinkstock

Mackenzie Sivret is a two-time karaoke competitor and a frequent performer at karaoke nights in the Burlington area. For Vermont Edition's Summer School series, she shares her advice for anyone thinking about taking the mic.

“Start thinking about what song you’re going to sing before you get to the karaoke bar. Think about what artist’s voice seems similar to yours,” says Sivret.

But she warns against choosing an obscure song, even if you can sing it well.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Mon June 16, 2014

To Fish Or Catfish? Some Kids Choose The Outdoors Over Screen Time

Instructor Karl Hubbard gives Caden Relyea, 11, tips on identifying his most recent catch.
Annie Russell VPR

Fewer people are fishing than in the past, but at Free Fishing Day this past weekend, quite a few Vermonters turned out. And the state is encouraging more kids to get involved in this Vermont tradition.

At the Little Anglers Derby in Colchester on Saturday, almost 50 kids showed up with their families for an afternoon of fishing.

The event was organized by “Let’s Go Fishing,” a division of Vermont’s Fish & Wildlife  Department designed to encourage families to learn the sport.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Course Highlights Vermont's Craft Distilling Boom

Ivan Torres gets hands-on experience in distilling as part of a Vermont Technical College course.
Courtesy Theodore Samuels

Vermont is well known for its craft brewing industry, with several top rated beers produced in the state. But now, a number of craft distilleries are popping up. A recent course at Vermont Technical College gave students a glimpse into this growing industry.

Rum, whiskey, vodka, gin. While these drinks have always been locally enjoyed, spirits haven’t traditionally been a Vermont export.

That’s changing. The craft distilling industry is growing, with more and more spirits being produced by Vermonters.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Mon June 2, 2014

When It Comes To Happiness, Community Is Key

The Gross National Happiness movement seeks to re-design systems with well-being in mind.
VLADGRIN Thinkstock

Nations often think about economic health in terms of the Gross Domestic Product. But a growing movement wants to look at something different: Gross National Happiness.

A group gathered in Burlington this past weekend to discuss how to measure and advance the goals of happiness.

The idea is simple. Everyone wants to be happy, right? So a country’s development should be measured by its citizen’s happiness as well as economic development.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Burlington Out In Full Force For Vermont City Marathon

Runners Kellie Connolly and Cara Cadigan celebrate finishing the Vermont City Marathon.
Angela Evancie

Burlington was buzzing with activity Sunday for the 26th annual Key Bank Vermont City Marathon.

In Burlington’s South Cove neighborhood, spectators gathered to cheer on the runners during Mile 11 of the race.

Judy Flanagan is on hand to offer her cheers to the runners. She’s from Colchester, but her daughter lives right up the block, so this is the perfect spot to watch the runners go by - with easy access to the spread of bagels waiting back at the house.

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