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
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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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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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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5:45 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Choosing Vermont: 'I Can't Think Of A Better Place To Raise My Family'

Dan Marchetti on the Grammar School campus with his daughter.
Courtesy Dan Marchetti

Dan Marchetti, 34, is the head of school at the Grammar School in Putney. Originally from Connecticut, a national job search landed Marchetti and his family in southern Vermont.

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5:25 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Choosing Vermont: 'This Is Home Now'

32-year-old Maureen McElaney says she loves Burlington and the growing tech scene, but has already seen friends move away.
Courtesy Maureen McElaney

Maureen McElaney is a digital advisor and soon-to-be quality assurance engineer at Dealer.com. She also founded the Burlington chapter of Girl Develop It, a nonprofit that encourages women to learn to code and break into the tech industry.

While it was her husband's job that brought the couple to Vermont two years ago, the Philadelphia native wasted no time immersing herself in the local tech scene.

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5:45 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Choosing Vermont: 'It's A Lonely Place To Be'

Jenna Pugliese is the environmental manager at Stratton Mountain Resort. After coming to Vermont for a summer job right after graduating college, where she initially fell in love with the small-town charm of Stratton and the beautiful weather.

A 32-year-old homeowner, Pugliese is active in several young professional groups and travels to Brattleboro frequently for events.

The upstate-New York native hasn't yet found a romantic partner and finds that her rural lifestyle can be isolating.

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