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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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The Vermont Legislature is back in session and this week, VPR's Morning Edition checked in with legislative leaders about their priorities in the coming session.

Sarah Copeland-Hanzas represents Bradford, Fairlee and West Fairlee in the House of Representatives, and she's the newly chosen House Majority Leader.

Gubernatorial Vote

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In Vermont, all eyes turn to Montpelier this week as the 2015 legislative session kicks off. VPR's Morning Edition checked in with legislative leaders to hear about their top priorities and the issues they'll be focusing on for this coming session.

Republican Don Turner represents Milton and also serves as the House Minority leader.

Gubernatorial Election

Vermont students lost over 8,000 days of classes in one school year due to suspension and expulsion. That's according to a new report, and perhaps most telling in that report is the fact that those disciplinary actions were two to three times more likely to be taken on students with disabilities.