Charlotte Albright

Reporter

Charlotte Albright moved to Vermont from Maine in 2006, after more than a decade of reporting and producing for Maine Public Broadcasting Network. She has also contributed  many  stories to NPR. Her first project for Vermont Public Radio was a series on farming, followed by frequent free-lancing. In January 2012 she joined the VPR staff and now covers the Upper Valley and the Northeast Kingdom.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Health Coaches Help Patients Battle Chronic Illness

Jennifer McFarlin has been working with a health coach from Dartmouth Hitchock Medical Center to lower her weight as she manages her diabetes.
Charlotte Albright vpr

More than 25 million Americans suffer from diabetes, and one in every 10 health care dollars is spent to treat it. But what if those patients were coached to live healthier lives?

One hospital experimenting with this new strategy is Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

That’s where 39-year-old Jennifer McFarlin spends a lot of time. Like approximately 500 other patients getting treated at Dartmouth Hitchcock, she has diabetes.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Budget Cuts Threaten Some Mental Health Services For Teens

Micah Porter and Katie O'Day, with a program called Youth In Transition, seek out teens who may need help in the Upper Valley
Charlotte Albright vpr

Earlier this summer, the Shumlin administration announced that revenue projections have been too rosy and that budget cuts will now be needed.

That’s creating stress among social service providers.

One program that faces an uncertain future due to cuts endeavors to help at-risk young people in the Upper Valley. 

Micah Porter is 19, with a mop of curly red hair springing out of a baseball cap.

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VPR News
2:57 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

One Northeast Kingdom State's Attorney Out And Another In

In the Northeast Kingdom, final results of two races for State’s Attorney are still trickling in. One  incumbent appears to have lost his job, but another is widening his  lead. 

In Essex County, former state senator and current State’s Attorney Vincent Illuzzi is leading Julianne Woolard, a public defender for juvenile offenders.

During the campaign Woolard criticized Illuzzi for being too quick to prosecute first-time or juvenile offenders who might turn away from crime if diverted to alternative justice programs, like drug courts.

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VPR News
5:00 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

New NEK Meat Processor Speeds Local Farmers' Goods To Market

Production Manager Edmund Lessard shows off a cutting tool at Northeast Kingdom Processing in St. Johnsbury.
Charlotte Albright VPR

There’s a new meat processing plant in St. Johnsbury, and that’s making it easier for livestock farmers in the Northeast Kingdom to get their goods to market. Northeast Kingdom Processing is owned by a beef rancher from Derby, and managed by an experienced meat cutter named Edmund Lessard.

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VPR News
4:54 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Newport Conference Center Deal Falls Through

Bill Stenger and Tony Pomlerleau have had an on-again, off-again agreement to transfer ownership of a waterfront plaza strategically located on a causeway overlooking Lake Memphremagog.
Michel Gagnon Flickr

A keystone in the redevelopment plan for the city of Newport has toppled. Jay Peak Resort owner Bill Stenger was counting on buying a shopping center from real estate developer Tony Pomerleau, and converting it into a convention center and marina.

But after some starts and stops, the deal has finally fallen through.

Bill Stenger and Tony Pomerleau have had an on-again, off-again agreement to transfer ownership of this waterfront plaza. Strategically located on a causeway overlooking  Lake Memphremagog, Stenger says it would make a great convention center and marina.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Ebola Unlikely In U.S., But Preparations Underway

A Nigerian health official wears a protective mask on Aug. 4, 2014. Though the chances of contracting the disease outside of West Africa are extremely slim, American hospitals are preparing for a possible outbreak.
Sunday Alamba AP

Grim news about the Ebola virus is filling the airwaves these days. And although the chances of contracting the disease outside of West Africa are extremely slim, American hospitals are preparing for a possible outbreak. Colleges are also starting to get questions from parents about whether international students could carry the virus to campuses.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Lots Of Choice In Northeast Kingdom State's Attorney Races

The Essex County Courthouse in Guildhall is an historic venue for trials. The State's Attorney, Vincent Illuzzi, faces a challenge from Julianne Woolard in the August 26 primary.
Charlotte Albright VPR

Voters in the Northeast Kingdom will have some clear choices in the upcoming primary election for state’s attorney. In Orleans County, the incumbent faces three challengers, and two of them have served as his deputies. In Essex County, the race pits a veteran of state politics against a juvenile defense attorney who wants to find alternatives to litigation.

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VPR News
5:26 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Got Chard? School Cooks Learn New Recipes With Fresh Ingredients

Rebecca Cragin, a cook in Orange County North Supervisory Union, washes chard for a vegetable pie at a summer institute for school nutritionists at St. Johnsbury Academy.
Credit Charlotte Albright / vpr

With a new school year just around the corner, cafeterias are gearing up for hordes of hungry kids. And there are new federal guidelines for making more nutritious breakfasts and lunches.

But young eaters can be picky. So school chefs in Vermont have created a new cookbook filled with healthy, appealing, kid-tested dishes. The recipes recently got a trial run in the culinary arts room at St. Johnsbury Academy, where school nutritionists gathered for a summer institute.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Job Pressures Keep School Principals On The Move

Every year, Vermont’s Agency of Education reports staffing shortages to the federal government. This year the most pressing needs include math, science, foreign languages, educational technology, health, and principals.

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VPR News
5:37 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

For First Time, Orleans County Leads In Job Growth

Orleans County, often described as one of the poorest in the state, is now leading the state in job creation.

That’s according to data supplied to the state legislature’s Joint Fiscal Committee by the Department of Labor. 

Bill Stenger, president of Jay Peak Resort, attributes the improvement partly to its expansion.

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