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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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 Agrees With 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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VPR News
11:15 am
Tue September 2, 2014

A 'Reluctant Manifesto' Against Watching Football

Steve Almond is the author of Against Football: A Reluctant Manifesto.
Sharona Jacobs

In just a couple of days from now the pennant chases of Major League Baseball will lose some of their luster, no matter how close the jockeying is. Because for a certain kind of sports fan, baseball is less America’s pastime than a way to pass time before football season begins.

The National Football League is the unquestioned dominant pro sports league in America, and the Superbowl might as well be declared a national holiday for the millions who watch, host or attend parties, and place bets on everything from the coin toss to the final point spread.

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VPR News
3:32 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

On Irene Anniversary, Vermont Disaster Relief Fund Still Doing Damage Control

A gas station that was abandoned after it was nearly destroyed by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene is still in disrepair on Thursday, May 1, 2014 in Bridgewater.
Wilson Ring AP

Three years ago today, Tropical Storm Irene turned much of Vermont into a disaster area of flooded-out roads, homes and businesses.

The effort to raise money to help those in need had started months before Irene, when spring flooding caused its own formidable damage. After the tropical storm, millions more dollars were raised to help Vermonters, and borne out of this effort was the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund.

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Environment
12:17 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Concerns Raised About Oil Trains In The Adirondacks

Government offices, track-side warehouses and Monitor Bay Park campground surround the tracks on the south end of Crown Point, New York. The Adirondack Council has raised concerns about oil trains in the Adirondacks.
Adirondack Council

Ever since the train disaster last summer at Lac Megantic, Quebec, people in our region have been taking more notice of the oil trains traversing our rails.

Concerns have been raised on the New York side of Lake Champlain, where the Canadian Pacific railroad tracks run close to the water.

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Regional Report
6:23 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Regional Report: Investors Tour Chateaugay Prison

Potential investors visited the now closed prison in Chateaugay New York this week. They came at the request of a local Assemblywoman.

Joe LoTemplio has been following that story for the Plattsburgh Press-Republican and spoke with Peter Biello for our Friday Regional Report.

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