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

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Vermont Public Radio recently broke ground on an $8 million expansion and renovation of its headquarters, located in Colchester’s historic Fort Ethan Allen district.

“This project represents the next step in VPR’s evolution as a public media organization serving the state of Vermont,” said VPR President Robin Turnau. “Our improved facilities will allow us to enhance and expand our public service while engaging the community in new and innovative ways.”

Snap Judgment Host Glynn Washington
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NPR’s Snap Judgment comes to VPR on Saturday afternoons at 1 p.m. beginning August 1, 2015.

A Prairie Home Companion Host Garrison Keillor
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A Prairie Home Companion Host Garrison Keillor has announced that he will retire as host after next season. He told the Associated Press in a video interview that his plan “is to be a gray eminence” and “fade away into well-deserved obscurity.”

“I have a lot of other things that I want to do. I mean, nobody retires anymore. Writers never retire. But this is my last season. This tour this summer is the farewell tour," the 72-year-old Keillor said.

VPR Board of Directors Chair Charlie Kireker
Daria Bishop

Charlie Kireker, Chair of Vermont Public Radio’s Board of Directors, has been elected to the NPR Foundation Board of Trustees for a three-year term.  

Vermont Public Radio has been honored with national awards for its news coverage – for community engagement, commentary, and multimedia presentation.

“As a public broadcaster, we are accountable to the community we serve,” said VPR News Director John Dillon. “We are honored to receive these awards because they go to the heart of VPR’s mission to provide an essential and trusted independent voice for news and information in our region.”

Over the last year, VPR’s Live From The Fort music video series has brought you some of the best musician’s from Vermont diverse music scene.

This Friday, July 3 at 12 p.m. and Monday, July 6 at 8 p.m., join VPR’s Ric Cengeri  for an hour-long "mixtape" special featuring musicians who’ve played on Live from the Fort. You’ll hear a wide range of genres: rock, pop, folk, R’n’B and more! Check out the playlist below.

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Nothing says summertime like taking in a baseball game! We’ll be cheering on the Vermont Lake Monsters on Friday, July 24 at Burlington’s Centennial Field and we want you to be our guests. We’re giving away 12 pairs of tickets to the game. Enter to win here – the deadline is July 17 at noon.

Hope to see you there, and go team! Click here for the contest rules.

Thanks to all the enthusiastic foodies and travelers who attended our Eating 251 event at Arts Riot! Below you'll find a map of all the places to visit and eat that Ric discussed, as well as establishments recommended by attendees.

Update for June 15: Thank you! VPR met its June 2015 membership drive goal of $325,000 early Saturday morning, after just three days and two hours of traditional pledge drive fundraising. It was one of the shortest drives in VPR history. More than 3,000 listeners contributed to the effort.

After five generations, Emily Post’s family continues the tradition of bringing etiquette advice to the airwaves with Awesome Etiquette, a weekly feature on VPR.

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Having many cooks on the VPR staff means there are almost always treats to be had, so we’re reviving our series VPR Cooks, featuring recipes for dishes we share with each other.

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

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How many listeners does VPR have? How many stations? Who is streaming our programming at VPR.net? We've gathered a bunch of essential facts about VPR right in one place. Download a copy here!

Vermont Public Radio has been honored with three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including recognitions for Continuing Coverage, Writing and Website from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). 

“As a public broadcaster, we are accountable to the community we serve,” said VPR News Director John Dillon. “We are honored to receive these awards because they go to the heart of VPR’s mission to provide an essential and trusted independent voice for news and information in our region.”

The winning coverage includes:

Daria Bishop

Vermont Public Radio has once again been named one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont. It's the third straight year VPR has made the list, placing 11th on the list of the top small to mid-sized companies in the state. 

Update for 3/18/15: We did it! No, YOU did it! We met our goal of $350,000 on Tuesday, March 17, seven hours before the deadline. The drive was supposed to start today, but instead you’re hearing regularly scheduled programming. Thank you for making this experiment in less-disruptive fundraising an incredible success!

We'd love to know what our listeners thought of this campaign. Please take our survey and let us know!

If you've been listening over the last month or so, you may have noticed an increase in promotional spots for Morning Edition. That’s because VPR is participating in a nationwide NPR project to increase listening to Morning Edition. More than 90 percent of public radio stations across the country are working together to grow the Morning Edition audience through June of this year.

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Update for 2/16/15:  Due to popular demand, we have reconfigured the top of each hour during Morning Edition to bring back the Eye On The Sky Forecast from Mark Breen. You'll hear his reports at 6:06, 7:06, and 8:06, following NPR and VPR news. The 6:31 (recreational), 7:31, 7:50 (weather journal), and 8:31 forecasts will stay the same. We hope you like what you hear!

Says You

Richard Sher, creator, executive producer and host of the long-running wordplay program Says You died on Feb. 9 after a battle with cancer. He was 66.

Richard created the program 19 years ago using his talent and passion for language and puzzles. The program is now carried on more than 100 public radio stations nationwide.

VPR is sorry to announce that, due to illness, Says You must postpone their live shows scheduled for Friday, February 13 at Saint Michael's College and Saturday, February 14 at Dorset Playhouse.

The shows will be rescheduled at a later date, and the folks at Says You will be contacting all ticket buyers to make arrangements. For further details please visit Says You's wesbite here.

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