Annie Russell

Deputy News Director

Annie Russell is VPR's Deputy News Director. 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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You might have thought lead poisoning was largely a thing of the past but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children in at least 4 million American households are still being exposed to high levels of lead.

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Vermont's Hindu community came together this past weekend to celebrate one of the biggest annual holidays in the Hindu religion. Now, the group is longing for a spiritual home of its own.

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For the last five months Vermont State Sen. Norm McAllister has been awaiting trial on sexual assault charges.

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Tuesday night, Vermonters attended viewing parties across the state to see the Democratic presidential candidates debate for the first time.

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The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. is unveiling a first-of-its-kind early warning system for genocide.

The recently-named leader of Vermont's Department of Health Access has been making headlines this week in Rhode Island.

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Vermont poet Ellen Bryant Voight has been named a 2015 MacArthur Fellow. The 72-year-old will receive what's informally called the "genius grant" including $625,000 to pursue her work with no strings attached.

A good workout can help boost your mood if you might be feeling a bit down.

Now, a new study out of the University of Vermont found regular exercise could help reduce the risk of suicide in students who are bullied.


Summer may be coming to an end, but you can hold onto a little bit of sunshine with the dreamy sounds of Vows, a Burlington and New Jersey-based duo.

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The leader of Vermont's Catholics has a key role in this week's Papal visit to the U.S.

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A charity event on Saturday will mark a grim anniversary in Burlington.

Ten years ago, 31-year-old Laura Winterbottom was abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered in Burlington. Winterbottom, an bright young artist and teacher, was approached walking from a Church Street bar to her car on College street.

The senseless crime rattled the community. For some, it was an eye-opening reminder of the widespread cultural problem of sexual violence.

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The University of Vermont produces many graduates who go on to join the Peace Corps.

UVM recently ranked seventh among top volunteer-producing colleges and universities across the country, with 25 alumni currently serving worldwide.


As of Tuesday afternoon, Vermont's largest city has a new top cop. Brandon del Pozo was sworn in as Burlington's police chief earlier today.

Sometimes Vermont's sewage plants dump sewage into rivers and lakes. And they're allowed to. What's up with that?

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A new batch of U.S. citizens were sworn in at a naturalization ceremony in Burlington last week. Nineteen new Americans participated in the ceremony at the Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington.

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This month marks four years since Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont. In the aftermath, President Barack Obama vowed the Federal Emergency Management Agency would be there to help with recovery. But an investigation by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and Al Jazeera America found FEMA hasn't exactly been prepared for the new normal of climate change. 

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There’s been a lot more talk over the past week about something that’s had a hard time finding political traction in Vermont: tougher ethics laws. Republican State Representative Heidi Scheuermann has advocated for ethics laws in the past and joined VPR to discuss the issue.

Some of the decisions issued by the Vermont Supreme Court can be a little ... well, boring. But what if there was somebody to explain the idea of "legal indemnification" as two buddies arguing over a dinner tab? Or if you could have a caricature of Yosemite Sam walk you through the ins and outs of Vermont's Professional Responsibility Board? 

There’s some controversy growing around the man who’s in line to be Burlington’s next Chief of Police. Mayor Miro Weinberger has nominated New York City Police Deputy Inspector Brandon del Pozo to be the city’s next top cop, but some activists are planning to protest his City Council confirmation vote on Monday. 

It's been dubbed "marry out, get out" - a controversial law that strips members of the Canadian Kahnawake Mohawks of their tribal rights if they marry a non-native.