Michelle Owens

Manager of Marketing and Communications

Michelle manages VPR's strategic and day-to-day marketing and communications. A graduate of Boston University's College of Communications, Michelle moved to Vermont on a whim and joined VPR in 2002. Prior to that, she was a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Michelle is a founding member of the Green Mountain Derby Dames, Vermont's first roller derby league, and competed for six seasons under the public radio-esque pseudonym Susan Slamberg.  She loves anything to do with the outdoors, traveling, and cooking. She lives in Burlington with her husband and dog.

Ways to Connect

VPR is giving away an iPad Pro during the September membership drive.
Small Dog Electronics

In just a few powerful days this September, the VPR community will come together to raise all the money in half the time — that's $400,000 in less than a week so we can bring you more of the news you need with fewer program interruptions for fundraising.

VPR is giving away a number of prizes during its membership drive. Learn more about available prizes, eligibility, how to enter and odds of winning in the complete contest rules. 

Peter Fox Smith has shared his love and knowledge of opera with VPR audiences since the station first went on the air in 1977.
Jordan Silverman

A Passion For Opera, which airs on VPR Classical Saturdays at noon, will end production next month. The last program will broadcast on Saturday, September 9.

Robin Turnau's career at VPR began in 1989. She has been President & CEO since 2009.
Daria Bishop

Robin Turnau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vermont Public Radio, has announced plans to step down in March 2018.

VPR's 40th anniversary is August 13, 2017. We're celebrating by remembering 40 moments that have defined VPR over the years.
Daria Bishop / VPR

Vermont Public Radio's 40 years of public service is made up of many moments - some watershed, others small and incremental. Together, along with the tremendous support of our community, they built VPR into the essential resource it is today. In honor of our 40th anniversary, here are 40 notable moments that defined VPR over the years.

VPR's renovated and expanded headquarters was designed to be a public place. Come check it out at VPR's 40th Anniversary Block Party.
Jim Westphalen

On Saturday, September 9, join us at VPR headquarters in Colchester for a 40th Anniversary Block Party. Get a peek behind-the-scenes of our renovated and expanded headquarters and meet the people who bring VPR to life.

VPR's Newsroom.
Jim Westphalen / Jim Westphalen Photography

VPR has announced several changes to its news and digital staff that bring new leadership to Vermont Edition, integrate digital and broadcast content and focus on podcast development.

VPR "Founding Mother" and current Commentary Series Producer Betty Smith behind the mic in 1978.
Archives / VPR

VPR celebrates its 40th anniversary on August 13, 2017. Join us all month as we look back at everything we've accomplished together, while looking forward to the next 40 years of public service.

VPR's renovated and expanded headquarters provides a flexible and collaborative space for VPR to do its best work, as well as a public performance studio.
Jim Westphalen

After three years and donations from more than 2,000 supporters, Vermont Public Radio surpassed the $10 million goal for its VPR Next Capital Campaign on June 29.

The successful completion of the campaign positions VPR to embrace the opportunities of a dynamic and changing media landscape, while solidifying its strong foundation built on 40 years of public service.

'How The Iowa Caucus Works, In 2 Minutes (Starring Legos)' won a national Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Video.
Angela Evancie & Taylor Dobbs / VPR

A podcast exploring the status of Abenaki Native Americans in Vermont and a video that uses Legos to explain the Iowa caucus, and breaking news coverage of the Northeast Kingdom EB-5 scandal have won Vermont Public Radio three national journalism awards for its work in 2016.

Thanks to amazing support from our community, we have raised more than $9.9 million towards our $10 million goal for the VPR Next Capital Campaign.

Vermont Gives

VPR is a proud partner in Vermont Gives, a statewide 24­-hour challenge to celebrate and support the local nonprofits that are essential to our quality of life here in Vermont. Vermont Gives Day is Wednesday, June 7 at 6 p.m. through Thursday, June 8 at 6 p.m.

Protect My Public Media

On May 23, 2017, the Trump Administration sent a full budget proposal to Congress for fiscal year 2018. Like the “skinny budget” blueprint released earlier this spring, it proposes elimination of federal funding for public media. Visit protectmypublicmedia.org to contact Congress, tweet your support and recruit your friends and neighbors to become advocates for public media.

VPR 107.9 in Burlington and VPR Classical 106.9 in Woodstock will be off the air for maintenance at various times this month. You can listen online here at VPR.net or via your stream player of choice.

We recently published our 2016 Annual Report, which includes financial information, photos and a look at VPR's impact in the community, thanks to the help of loyal members and listeners like you.  

You can explore the report here. Thanks so much for listening to and supporting VPR, and please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Photo: Angela Evancie/VPR / Illustration: Anna Ste. Marie/VPR

This event has been postponed. The legislature is late in adjourning so we're delaying News & Brews until May 24th, 6:00 at Stowe Cider. Sorry for the inconvenience! Please let us know if you are no longer able to attend. We hope to see you there.

Update 5/12/17: This event is now full. If you'd like to be added to the waiting list, email Ty Robertson at trobertson@vpr.net.

VPR

Brian Donahue, VPR’s Chief Financial Officer/Vice President for Finance and Administration, will leave the station in June to become Chief Operating Officer of the new Essex Westford School District.

NEPR

Broadcast journalist Henry Epp will join Vermont Public Radio this month as the local host and reporter for the afternoon NPR news program All Things Considered.

Henry comes to VPR from New England Public Radio (WFCR) in western Massachusetts, where he was the local host of Morning Edition. He got his start in radio as an intern at WFCR in 2011, later becoming a reporter and frequent substitute host of All Things Considered.

Photo: Courtesy Apartment 3 / Illustration: Anna Ste. Marie/VPR

We're recording the next Live From The Fort show and you’re invited to be part of the audience. Come hang out in VPR’s Studio One for a live performance by Burlington garage rock band Apartment 3 on Friday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Patti Daniels
VPR

Patti Daniels, executive producer of Vermont Edition, VPR's flagship public affairs program, will step down from her position in August.

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