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

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: 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:

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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!

Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife

Listenwise helps teachers use stories from VPR in their classrooms. Working with VPR we identify relevant local news stories, design and develop classroom resources around them and make them available for free at VPR.net. 

We recently published our 2015 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.  

We've gone digital this year in order to be environmentally-friendly and good stewards of our supporters' contributions.

You can download VPR's 2015 Annual Report here. Thanks so much for listening to and supporting VPR! 

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Nearly a year ago, VPR broke ground on an expansion and renovation of our headquarters in Colchester's historic Fort Ethan Allen.

Kathleen Masterson / VPR

Listenwise helps teachers use stories from their local public radio station with students in their classrooms. 

Melody Bodette / VPR

Listenwise helps teachers use stories from their local public radio station with students in their classrooms.

Steve Zind / VPR

Vermont Public Radio has been honored with five first-place regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). 

"These awards demonstrate the commitment VPR has to energetic and comprehensive public service," said John Van Hoesen, VPR's chief content officer. "We appreciate this recognition of excellence by the industry; it underscores our responsibility to provide essential and trustworthy news and information for all generations in a time of rapid change."

The winning coverage includes:

For five years now, VPR has hosted Cake Week, a five-day binge of creativity, quantity, sugar and camaraderie among public radio stations. Its origin story is based in the happy coincidence of several Vermont Public Radio staff birthdays in early April, but after one of our colleagues moved to another public radio station across the country, it became a competition. This year, a record SIX stations spent the week baking and eating cake. Here are a few of our favorites!

Eight public media organizations in New England, including Vermont Public Radio, have received a $625,538 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to establish a regional news collaboration.

Contribute by Thursday, March 31 and you’ll automatically be entered into a drawing for a $2,000 gift card to Small Dog Electronics.

Small Dog Electronics is Vermont’s Apple retailer. You could use the gift card for an iPad Pro, Apple TV, Macbook, Apple Watch, or anything else at their stores or online at smalldog.com.

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