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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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.

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

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

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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.

To Donate:

This spring, public radio stations across the country will begin their traditional on-air pledge drives. While they will be raising critical funds necessary to serve their communities, they will also be interrupting programs for a full week (or more).

We think there's a better way. Last spring, VPR eliminated an entire pledge drive because fans and friends across the region contributed before the scheduled start of the on-air drive.

VPR is seeking applications from listeners who would like to join VPR’s Community Forum.

The Community Forum is a volunteer group that provides community input to VPR about its programming and public service somewhat similar to a focus group.

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If the winter blues are getting you down, we have the cure! Join My Place Host Joel Najman for VPR A-Go-Go, a cabin fever 60s dance party on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m., at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury.

A team of VPR News reporters are reporting from Iowa in advance of the presidential caucuses on February 1. Over the next week, VPR will focus on the run up to democratic caucus in Iowa, where Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is locked in a tight race with Hillary Clinton.

Coverage highlights include:

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What helped send Steve Zind to Afghanistan to report on the deployment of the Vermont National Guard, launched Outdoor Radio, created VPR’s smartphone apps, and built a remote studio in Brattleboro? Gifts made to the VPR Journalism Fund.

Vermont Public Radio has once again been named one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont. It's the fourth year VPR has made the list of the top small to mid-sized companies in the state. 

The annual list is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Vermont. Companies from across the state were evaluated on company workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics; and a survey to measure the employee experience.

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Two years ago, Gov. Shumlin highlighted the state’s opiate epidemic in his state of the state address. January 11-15, 2016, VPR News looks at the progress that’s been made and the problems that remain in a special series, State Of Recovery.

Highlights of the series include:

Where's Alex Keefe?

Jan 12, 2016
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Over the last couple of weeks, you may have noticed that Alex Keefe has been away from the mic as host of All Things Considered. He is on a temporary leave of absence to attend to a family matter. 

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VPR will be live at the Statehouse this week for the opening of the 2016 legislative session:

Tuesday, January 5Vermont Edition, VPR’s daily news magazine, will broadcast live at noon. Hosts Bob Kinzel and Jane Lindholm will speak with House Speaker Shap Smith, Republican Sen. Joe Benning, Progressive Rep. Chris Pearson, and reporters.

Individuals aged 70 ½ or older can make charitable gifts to qualified organizations through direct transfers from their IRAs without paying income tax on the IRA distributions. You can improve your overall tax situation while helping VPR’s public service mission.

You can make a direct transfer if:

On Monday, VPR’s Bob Kinzel reported on a recent Vermont Attorney General report on outside "paid fundraisers" in Vermont. Since VPR is named in the report, we wanted to share some background with you.

In 2012, VPR hired a company called Aria, which works with many public media companies in the United States, to make some donor calls on our behalf.

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