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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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.

Update for 12/2/15: What a day! Our original goal for our Giving Tuesday effort - which we thought was a stretch - was to bring in enough gifts to send 15,000 meals to the Vermont Foodbank. Thanks to 1,705 VPR supporters, our generous challengers are sending 25,575 meals instead. 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 and to our challengers for making this partnership possible.

Vermont Public Radio has elected Nicole Ravlin of Shelburne to its Board of Directors to serve a three-year term.

As co-founder of People Making Good Public Relations, Ravlin works on new business development for the agency and serves the agency’s clients as a lead communications strategist and crisis communication manager. Her clients include international, national, and Vermont brands including: EO Products, The Republic of Tea, Les Trois Petits Cochons, and Darn Tough Vermont.

Join the 12,000 sustaining supporters of VPR and you will be entered in a drawing for a trip to Chicago for a live recording of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me! in Chicago.

Becoming a Sustainer is easy on the budget. All you do is set an automatic monthly contribution that works for you, and your continuing support helps us to bring you the programs – like Wait Wait – that you enjoy and rely on. Sustainers also help VPR plan its finances and save money by spending less on renewal letters.

NPR One is a smartphone app that connects you to a stream of public radio news, stories and podcasts from around the world and your own backyard.

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VPR and the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series presents The Takeaway Host John Hockenberry: “Climate of Doubt”, Wednesday, November 4 at 7 p.m. at Saint Michael's College.

In 2008, the presidential candidates agreed that climate change demanded urgent attention. But that national call to action has virtually disappeared. In his talk, Hockenberry describes what altered the climate change debate.

Join VPR Statehouse Reporters Bob Kinzel and Pete Hirschfeld for a deep dive into the politics and issues of 2016, Thursday, November 5 in Montpelier.

Is the risk of serious injury tempered by the love of sport, the desire to compete and win, and the potential scholastic benefits of being involved in team sports? What are the stresses young athletes contend with as they try to maintain grades and excel at their sport? And is Vermont doing enough, along with its schools, to protect these developing minds and bodies?

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Veteran Vermont reporter Howard Weiss-Tisman has joined Vermont Public Radio as its Southern Vermont Correspondent, covering Windham and southern Windsor counties.

Pledge Drive Light: all of the funding, none of the program interruptions.
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Update 9/21/15: YOU DID IT! Thanks to more than 5,000 listeners, VPR surpassed its membership drive goal of $375,000 on Friday, September 18! In addition to meeting an important financial goal to keep the programming strong, we welcomed nearly 1,000 first-time contributors! Growing the VPR family provides a broad base of support essential to our public service.  

We want to sincerely thank everyone who supported VPR during this drive and all year-round. We truly couldn’t do it without you.

September 22 update: Unfortunately, this event has been canceled on account of health issues. We hope you'll attend other Burlington Book Festival events this weekend! 

Original post: Calling all word nerds! Join us Saturday, September 26 at ArtsRiot in Burlington to meet A Way With Words Host Martha Barnette. 

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Just as you count on VPR to feed your brain, we have a new lunch bag to hold the food that feeds your belly.

For your gift of $150 or $12/month as a Sustainer, we'll thank you with this US-made, charcoal, naturally insulated, Europrene bag to make your desk lunch a little less sad and show off your support for VPR.

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For your gift of $35 or more during the September Membership Drive, we’ll thank you with the official, authentic, authorized VPR Fan Kit!

Our first-ever Fan Kit includes a wallet-sized bottle opener, temporary tattoos, euro magnet, Live From The Fort CD, silicone smartphone wallet and more!

We’ve heard from many listeners recently regarding NPR’s coverage of Bernie Sanders. In particular, many felt that Mara Liasson’s analysis last Wednesday during All Things Considered regarding a possible Joe Biden bid for president missed the mark.

We shared these concerns directly with our colleagues at NPR, who shared the following with us: 

The ferris wheel at the 2014 Champlain Valley Fair.
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Join us Monday, August 31 at the Champlain Valley Fair. We'll be there all day under the VPR tent next to the Maple Sugar House.

We'll have giveaways and the Vermont Edition team will be there collecting your stories for an upcoming special program. Plus, members of the Heliand Consort will give a free concert at 3:30 p.m. under the gazebo. 

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