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

Emily Alfin-Johnson / VPR

We're recording our next Live From The Fort concert and you’re invited to be part of the audience! Come hang out in VPR’s Studio One for a live performance by The NEKTones on Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m.

Vermont Edition, VPR’s daily public affairs program, has been honored with a 2017 Gracie Award® for a November show entitled “Ladies, Let’s Talk.”

Protect My Public Media

The Administration's FY 2018 budget blueprint, released March 16, proposes to end future funding for public broadcasting. Take action now by signing the petition at protectmypublicmedia.org to urge Congress to protect federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 

American Public Media

After more than 20 years of exploring the world of food as host of The Splendid Table, Lynne Rossetto Kasper is retiring at the end of this year. Award-winning The New York Times Magazine columnist and Top Chef Masters judge, Francis Lam will become the new host of the program as of March 10.

Sustainer Sprint race bib
Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR

VPR’s Sustainer Sprint is a 30 hour race to welcome 300 new Sustaining Members to the VPR Family. The sprint begins Friday, March 10 at 6 a.m. and ends at noon on Saturday, March 11.

VPR Contest Rules

Mar 9, 2017

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. 

VPR Classical Now Available In Stowe
Photo: blackred, iStock; Illustration: VPR

VPR Classical, Vermont’s 24-hour classical music network, is now available in Waterbury, Stowe, Morrisville and Hyde Park at 96.5 FM.

Angela Evancie / VPR

On Wednesday, a new era begins in Vermont state government when the new Legislature convenes, and new leadership takes over in the House and Senate. Vermont Edition is broadcasting live from the Cedar Creek Room at the Statehouse for the opening day of the Legislature.

Alex Keefe, Annie Russell, Peter Biello

Alex Keefe, VPR’s local host of All Things Considered and co-host of the podcast Brave Little State, will be leaving VPR next month to return to his hometown of Chicago as senior editor for government & politics at public radio station WBEZ in Chicago, Illinois.

VPR Classical is throwing a holiday-themed sight-reading party on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Hotel Vermont in Burlington.

Bach & Brews is VPR Classical's chamber music open mic series: classical musicians and vocalists are invited to get together to play music together while having a few drinks (if you want!). The goal is to bring classical music to unexpected places, without all the formalities of a traditional concert.

UPDATED: What an amazing day! Our original goal for our Giving Tuesday effort was 1,700 gifts, which would have matched last year's campaign. Instead, we received 1,826 gifts! As a result, 33,846 meals will be provided to Vermonters in need via the Vermont Foodbank, thanks to the Vermont Community Foundation. Your incredible generosity of spirit continues to astound us. We feel so fortunate to be able to serve this community. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

UPDATED: 107.9 WVPS and 90.9 WOXR were temporarily off the air on Friday, November 18, 2016. This also affected our translators at 99.5 and 94.7 in Montpelier. The outage began around 1 p.m. Reception has now been restored.

We want to extend a huge thanks to our 12,500 Sustaining Members - and offer you a chance to save money for VPR, see your support go further and enter for a chance to win an iPad Air!

Vermont Public Radio will broadcast six live candidate debates leading up to the General Election on November 8, moderated by Bob Kinzel, Peter Hirschfeld and Jane Lindholm.

Most of our live debates will air during Vermont Edition. The debate schedule is as follows:

Attorney General: Tuesday, Oct. 25, 12-1 p.m.

  • Deb Bucknam (R)
  • TJ Donovan (D)

State Treasurer: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 12-1 p.m.

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Vermont Public Radio has elected three new members to its Board of Directors to serve three-year terms.

Sudershan Adhikari, a Nepalese refugee has lived in Vermont since 2012. He opened The Spice Trader's Kitchen restaurant in Winooski less than three years later and now employs five people including Bhakta Pradhan at work behind him.
Nina Keck / VPR

Listenwise helps teachers use stories from VPR in their classrooms. To find more public radio stories and lessons for your middle and high school ELA, social studies, and science classrooms you can sign up for a free Listenwise account!

Nancy Harrington applies epoxy to filters to attach them to aluminum rings. Harrington is one of the 106 worker-owners at Chroma Technology in Rockingham, which will be expanding in a $19 million deal that could eventually add 26 well-paying jobs.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Listenwise helps teachers use stories from VPR in their classrooms. To find more public radio stories and lessons for your middle and high school ELA, social studies and science classrooms you can sign up for a free Listenwise account!

What a week! We’re thrilled to report that VPR raised more than $402,000 during the launch of the “grassroots” phase of the VPR Next Capital Campaign, which has been matched 100 percent by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation. Overall, we’ve raised more than $8.75 million of our $10 million goal from more than 1,500 supporters. 

Here's how one listener summed up why she supported VPR Next:

Studio One
Wiemann Lamphere Architects

Vermont Public Radio has received a $1 million commitment from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation in support of the VPR Next Campaign.

Daria Bishop

We are thrilled to share with you that VPR Classical Managing Producer Kari Anderson and her husband Neel welcomed a son to the world in late July. All are doing well and we have it on good authority that Aki has already become an avid listener.

Kari will be away on maternity leave until late October and we hope you’ll enjoy classical music on weekday mornings from VPR Classical's Linda Radtke.

Please join us in congratulating Kari and her growing family!

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