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.

Ways To Connect

Angela Evancie / VPR

In 2014, the state of Vermont, the number one producer of maple syrup in the United States, began using a new maple syrup grading system developed by the International Maple Syrup Institute.

It did away with Grade B and Fancy, instead making all syrups grade A, adding flavor and color descriptors like delicate, rich and robust.

In a few years all Vermonters will be required to keep food waste out of landfills, but for some institutions that create a lot of food scraps, those requirements kick in a lot sooner. While some of that food waste will be composted, under a new pilot project some of it will be headed to anaerobic digesters that create energy, including the one at Vermont Technical College in Randolph.

Building Bright Futures

There was some potential good news for parents of young children in President Barack Obama's State of the Union address last week. The president focused on the importance of early education, and backed it up with a proposal to increase a child care tax credit up to $3,000.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Democrat Miro Weinberger is wrapping up his first term as Burlington's mayor, and he wants another go at it. He's seeking re-election in March on Town Meeting Day. But he does face a challenge from Progressive Steve Goodkind, who is also the former head of the city's Department of Public Works.

First Term

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

On Town Meeting Day in March, voters in Burlington will decide who will be the next mayor of the Vermont's largest city.

Progressive Steve Goodkind is challenging Democratic incumbent Miro Weinberger. Goodkind has been a long-time progressive. He also worked for the city of Burlington for decades; he served as the city's public works director for years. He says that after he retired, happily, a year and a half ago, he had no intention of running.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Focusing on health care costs, property taxes, higher education and economic development, Gov. Peter Shumlin delivered his annual budget address yesterday.

VPR's Mitch Wertlieb spoke with the governor about his proposal.

Angela Evancie / VPR

The author of numerous works of fiction and essays, Salman Rushdie won the Booker Prize in 1981 for his novel Midnight's Children, and later that decade, became something of a story himself when his novel The Satanic Verses drew outrage from some Muslims around the world, and a call for his assassination issued in a Fatwa by Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini.

So it is also accurate to say that Rushdie knows a thing or two about the power of stories.

Angela Evancie / VPR

Gov. Peter Shumlin's decision to abandon a single-payer health care system this session echoed at the state house last week as protestors from the Health Care is a Human Right campaign interrupted his inaugural address.

Jeff Danziger

In France over the weekend, a nation still in shock over the terrorist attacks that started with the killings of 12 staffers at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo began the long road to recovery with a unity march attended by millions. But the questions regarding how this could have happened, and why, and what happens next, remain.  

Angela Evancie / VPR

Months of waiting are over. A joint assembly of Vermont's House and Senate made it official yesterday: Gov. Peter Shumlin gained a third two-year term with a vote total of 110 to 69 over Republican challenger Scott Milne.