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.

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Morning Edition Host Mitch Wertlieb will be away from the mic for several weeks this spring.
Daria Bishop

Morning Edition Host Mitch Wertlieb will be off the air for several weeks this spring as he recovers from hip replacement surgery.

"I'm going fully bionic!" Mitch says. He had his other hip replaced several years ago.

We’ll all miss Mitch’s in-depth interviews, quick wit and exceptional music beds. Some of us will miss his enthusiasm for the Red Sox. While he’s away, Jake Rusnock and Henry Epp will be waking up early to bring you the news.

Please feel free to leave your well wishes for Mitch in the comments!

Reporters Emily Corwin and Liam Elder-Connors model the new Brave Little State t-shirt.
Angela Evancie / VPR

VPR’s spring membership drive begins Tuesday, April 3 with a goal of $425,000 to help keep VPR strong and independent throughout the year.

Scott Finn will join VPR as president & CEO on May 7, 2018.
WVPB

The Vermont Public Radio Board of Directors has appointed Scott Finn as its new President and CEO.

VPR will continue to carry On Point, which will continue to be produced by guest hosts including Jane Clayson, Tom Gjelten and Ray Suarez.
On Point Radio

Tom Ashbrook, host of On Point, has been dismissed from WBUR, Boston University announced Wednesday.

Ashbrook was placed on leave in December 2017 after 11 current and former station employees filed complaints of sexual misconduct and bullying. Boston University launched two independent investigations, which found that Ashbrook's conduct "created an abusive work environment" but determined it "was not sexual in nature."

Award-winning public radio journalist Sarah Ashworth will return to Vermont Public Radio in March as director of news.
Chris Saunders / NHPR

Award-winning  public radio journalist Sarah Ashworth will return to Vermont Public Radio in March as director of news. She will lead the station’s 15-person news team.

Ashworth brings a variety of experiences to VPR, which has  significantly increased its public service journalism over the last 17 years as a result of audience demand.  She will lead VPR’s initiatives in broadcast and digital news gathering as the organization develops new ways to provide news, enterprise and investigative reporting while engaging the community in the process.

Update 1/4/18: Randy Brock has resigned from the VPR Board of Directors audit committee following his appointment to the Vermont Senate in December.

Original post: Vermont Public Radio has elected two new members to its Board of Directors to serve three-year terms:

John Dillon will become VPR's senior reporter for the New England News Collaborative in January 2018.
Vermont Public Radio

News Director and longtime VPR News reporter John Dillon will take on a new role as Senior Reporter for the New England News Collaborative beginning in January, VPR announced today. 

For every Giving Tuesday contribution to VPR, two generous individuals in Burlington and Shelburne will donate 15 meals to the Vermont Foodbank.
Vermont Foodbank

Update: What an incredible day! On Giving Tuesday 2017 we heard from 1,829 listeners who supported VPR and collectively sent 27,435 meals to Vermonters in need via the Vermont Foodbank. From everyone at VPR, thank you for your generous support. We are so honored to be part of this community.

Friday Night Jazz Host Reuben Jackson will leave VPR in April 2018.
VPR

Reuben Jackson, host of Friday Night Jazz, has announced that he will leave VPR next April. His final VPR broadcast will be Friday, April 27.

“Needless to say, the opportunity to share music I truly love with an audience of devoted listeners for five years has been - and will continue to be for awhile longer - an immense joy,” Reuben wrote in an email to staff. “I want to thank VPR for the unexpected opportunity and for the chance to return the world of radio.”

Use the voice memo app on your smartphone to record a message about why you're a VPR Sustainer.
Emily Alfin-Johnson / VPR

Sustainers: we want to hear from YOU! Why do you sustain VPR? What does being a Sustainer mean to you? Record and share your sustainer love and you might hear yourself during our December membership drive.

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

Thank you! More than 4,300 VPR supporters came together to raise more than $400,000 for VPR in under six days of on-air fundraising - several days shorter than most pledge drives! We met the goal just before 9 a.m. on Wednesday, September 20. Thank you so much to everyone who made it possible and to those who support VPR. 

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 May 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.

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