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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A jury in Burlington yesterday found Allen Prue guilty in the murder of Melissa Jenkins.

Jenkins was 33 years old when she was murdered on March 25, 2012. Her body was found in the Connecticut River the next day.

Jenkins was a teacher at St. Johnsbury Academy. Allen Prue, 32, was charged along with his wife Patricia Prue in the murder, but Patricia Prue will be tried separately. That trial is expected to begin in February.

A sentencing date for Prue has not yet been set, but he is facing up to 35 years to life in prison.

Any parent of young kids--or even older ones for that matter--struggles with the question of how much screen time kids should be exposed to in a given day or week. Experts say it should be limited, but what's the definition of "limited"? And how realistic is it in a 21st-century life populated by screens on every device from phones to tablets and computers, before we even get to TV's?

“St. Albans Invaded! Several Citizens Shot! Great Excitement Prevails!” Those were the headlines 150 years on Oct. 19, 1864.

What came to be known as the St. Albans Raid brought the Civil War, the great majority of which was fought in the south, to the northern hills of Vermont as confederate soldiers attacked and held St. Albans hostage. The details of the siege are told in a new book by author Michelle Arnoksy Sherburne, The St. Albans Raid: Confederate Attack on Vermont.

South Burlington students will be back in school on Monday, after a deal was reached between the teachers’ union and the school board to end a strike.

The South Burlington Educators Association and the South Burlington School Board agreed on Friday to allow mediator Joseph McNeil to join in the session, which began on Saturday morning.

Fair season is wrapping up in Vermont, but at the Addison County Fair and Field Days, organizers are trying to get to the bottom of a counterfeit ticket operation that could have cost them thousands of dollars.

Evan Johnson had that story in the Addison Independent and he spoke with VPR's Peter Biello for our Friday Regional Report.

Readers of the Burlington Free Press will soon be without a byline some of them have been familiar with for 37 years. That’s because veteran Free Press reporter Sam Hemingway announced he’s retiring from the paper.

Sam Hemingway has graciously agreed to join us in our VPR studios to talk about his long reporting career.

Beginning in January, the University of Vermont will offer a first-of-its kind professional certificate in food hub management.

Food hubs are organizations that help connect farmers with restaurants and stores to sell their food, and they’ve been growing in popularity in recent years. 

Ann Karlen will be one of the faculty members of the new program. She’s the founding director of the group Fair Food in Philadelphia, and says food hubs are especially important to farmers who need a distributor for selling to larger markets.

Early voting has been temporarily suspended in the city of Burlington, after it was determined that five Republican candidates for Justice of the Peace were omitted from the ballot.

The error was brought to the attention of the city clerk’s office by the Burlington Republican Committee.

By now you are no doubt familiar with the news that several West African countries are suffering from an outbreak of the potentially deadly Ebola virus. That awareness, depending on how you react to media coverage of the epidemic, may have morphed to concern, anxiety, or — hopefully not — panic, after a man in Dallas came down with the virus following his travels to Liberia and back to the U.S.

Can one course connect the big bang and its origins of life on earth with humans and the future? That’s the idea behind Big History, which is now being taught in thousands of high schools across the country, including here in Vermont. And oh yeah, it’s backed by Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates.

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