Melody Bodette

Deputy News Director

Melody wakes up very early in the morning to produce regional content for Morning Edition. She began at VPR as a part-time production assistant and was promoted to full-time in 2007. She has also served as a news and editorial assistant for The Burlington Free Press. After graduating from Skidmore College, she spent a year in France working as a high school teaching assistant. Melody grew up on a dairy farm in Addison County. She spends her free time gardening, cooking, and being outside as much as possible.

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Health
5:49 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Vermont Father Raising Awareness Of A Little-Known Water Danger

Vermonter Benjo Haller, 27, died this summer in the Bahamas after experiencing Shallow Water Blackout. His father, Dean, is working to raise awareness of the danger.
Corey Chapman

One Vermonter is doing everything he can to raise awareness of a little-known danger connected to swimming and free-diving. For Dean Haller, this effort comes from painful personal experience. His son, Benjamin Haller, died this summer at the age of 27, after experiencing Shallow Water Blackout.

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Environment
8:29 am
Tue September 23, 2014

'The Woodchuck Returns To The Garden' With A New Book

Kale grows in the Tommy Thompson Community Garden in Burlington. Author Ron Krupp has a new book, The Woodchuck Returns To Gardening.
Angela Evancie VPR

Fall is here and for many Vermonters that means wrapping up the gardening season. But others are thinking about getting their hands in the soil, and planning ahead for next year's garden.

Author, gardener and VPR commentator Ron Krupp has a new book out where he chronicles the full year of a garden. It’s called The Woodchuck Returns To Gardening.  He views it as a companion to his first book, The Woodchuck’s Guide To Gardening.

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VPR News
7:36 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Vermont ACLU Sues State Over Traffic Stop, Car Seizure

In this screen shot from police video of a March traffic stop in Wallingford, Greg Zullo, 21, speaks with State Trooper Lewis Hatch about snow on the bumper of his car. Zullo is suing the state of Vermont.
ACLU-VT

The Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the state of Vermont over a traffic stop in Wallingford last March.

The ACLU says that the young man filing the lawsuit was stopped, his car was seized and he was left to walk eight miles home after a trooper said he smelled burnt marijuana.

21-year-old Greg Zullo was pulled over for having some snow on the bumper of his car, which the trooper said was touching or covering the registration sticker on his rear license plate.

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Arts & Culture
8:31 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Hari Kondabolu Brings Serious Laughs To ArtsRiot In Burlington

Comedian Hari Kondabolu performs at ArtsRiot in Burlington on Sept. 18.
Courtesy

Comedian Hari Kondabolu is known for his smart comedy, which often digs deep into issues of race. His newest album is called Waiting for 2042. That’s the year when it’s projected that white people will be the minority in the United States.

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VPR News
10:08 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Two Scottish Vermonters Weigh In On Referendum Vote

The Union Jack, St. George's Cross and the Saltire fly at Adderstone, England on Sept. 8.
Scott Heppell AP

On Thursday, Scottish voters will vote on whether or not to leave the United Kingdom and form their own independent country. While Scots living in Vermont don’t have a vote in the referendum, many are watching it closely, wondering if their native country will be forever changed by the end of the week. 

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VPR News
7:46 am
Mon September 15, 2014

With 'Beetcoin,' Slow Money Aims For A Fast Start In Vermont

A young cow eyes the camera at a dairy in East Montpelier on Sept. 4. Slow Money Vermont, which aims to connect investors with small food businesses, launches next week.
Wilson Ring AP

On Tuesday, the Slow Money Vermont network will launch in Montpelier.

The concept of Slow Money was pioneered by Woody Tasch, the author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered.

Slow Money is groups of people collaborating to invest in small food businesses near where they live.

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The Frequency
9:36 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Vt. Congressional Delegation Mixed On Obama's Approach To ISIS

Vermont's delegation largely supported Obama's plan to combat ISIS.
Toby Talbot AP/file

Vermont’s congressional delegation says they agree with President Barack Obama’s decision to train and equip Syrian rebels to oppose the Islamic state terrorist groups.

In statements released after last night’s address, all three members said they support the president’s strategy.

Senator Patrick Leahy:

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Education
9:14 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Smith: Community Needs To Step Up To Save Burlington College

Mike Smith has been named the interim president of Burlington College.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

It’s been a difficult summer for Burlington College. The small liberal arts school has been under increasing financial pressure after enrollment failed to meet projections. And a regional accrediting body for colleges put the school on probation, citing financial problems.

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VPR News
7:32 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Schatz Enthusiastic About New Role As Head Of DCF

Newly minted Commissioner for Children and Families Ken Schatz, center, discusses his appointment by Gov. Peter Shumlin. Schatz replaces the outgoing David Yacovone, third from left.
Peter Hirschfeld VPR

The Department for Children and Families is under new leadership this week after Commissioner Dave Yacovone stepped down from the position to take another job.

Now Ken Schatz has been named to the post. Schatz has previously served as General Counsel for the Agency of Human Services.

These are not easy times for the department. Two young children who were under DCF supervision died this year, one allegedly abused by a stepfather, another allegedly by his mother.

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VPR News
4:00 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Vermont State Police Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting In Bristol

Vermont State Police released new details Friday regarding Thursday's officer-involved shooting in the town of Bristol.

Bristol Police officers went to a home on Pine Street at around 8:30 p.m. Thursday following a report of a man experiencing a mental health crisis.

After arriving on the scene, they heard a gunshot, and troopers from the Vermont State Police were called to assist.

The officers were approached by a woman with a gun. She was shot and injured by a trooper after they say she ignored orders to drop the weapon.

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