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

We are thrilled to welcome James Stewart to VPR Classical as our new local afternoon host. Get to know him in our latest ProFile, and listen to his program weekday afternoons from 4-7.

My name...is James Stewart.

VPR employee since...January 2015.

Public radio listener since...I was an undergrad.  It was a great way to learn the repertoire that I was required to know for my degree.

The Vermont Senate has voted for a bill that raises the state minimum wage to $15 an hour over a 6 year period
Taylor Dobbs / VPR

VPR will be live at the Statehouse this week for the opening of the 2015 legislative session, vote for governor, and inauguration.

Wednesday, Jan. 7: Vermont Edition will broadcast live at noon with Statehouse Reporter Bob Kinzel and Speaker of the House Shap Smith.

Daria Bishop / VPR

The goal for VPR's December Membership Drive is $350,000. VPR's programming and services are broad and diverse, but their common thread is you. Your financial support has had a real and powerful impact, making Vermont Public Radio an incredible resource for the entire region.

Please make a difference with a year-end gift to VPR today. And be sure to check back here throughout the drive for updates.

Get to know Alex Keefe, VPR's new All Things Considered host. You'll hear him weekday afternoons from 4-7 p.m.

My name... Alex Keefe

VPR employee since... November 10, 2014.

My job at VPR... local All Things Considered host and reporter. You'll hear me on the radio each weekday afternoon. My goal: Get you the information you need at the end of your day, help you make sense of the news and (hopefully) show you parts of Vermont you didn't know existed. Also: Ask a lot of questions.


You may have heard the startling news recently that the CBC - Canada's public broadcaster - suspended and then fired Jian Ghomeshi, who hosted Q. He has a since been publicly accused of subjecting numerous women to violent assaults during sexual encounters.

VPR will broadcast live candidate debates this campaign season, moderated by Jane Lindholm and Bob Kinzel. The first three debates will air within Vermont Edition:

Attorney General: Tuesday, October 7, 12-1 p.m. in Colchester. Jane Lindholm moderates.
Bill Sorrell (D)
Shane McCormack (R)

Secretary of State: Friday, October 10, 12-1 p.m. in Montpelier. Bob Kinzel moderates. 
Jim Condos (D/R)
Ben Eastwood (P) 

VPR A Go-Go... Again

Sep 10, 2014

VPR's epic 60's dance party with Joel Najman was such a success last year, we're doing it again! Join us on Saturday night, September 27 at Higher Ground in South Burlington for VPR A Go-Go part two.

What if you could support your public radio station and fight hunger in Vermont at the same time?

Well, now you can. Vermont Public Radio has joined forces with the Vermont Foodbank and Hannaford Supermarkets to help our neighbors in need of food assistance. 

For every gift to VPR during our September Membership Drive, Hannaford Supermarkets will donate 10 meals to the Vermont Foodbank.

Two new programs debuted weekday afternoons at 2 during the week of August 4. You can now enjoy The Takeaway with John Hockenberry Monday - Thursday, and Science Friday with Ira Flatow on Friday.

The Takeaway

Herb Ross

Update, 7/26/14: While there is a chance of rain in the forecast, the site has a large pavilion for cover as well as the gallery in the barn and restaurant.

This year's VPR Listener Picnic is on Sunday, July 27 from 11-2 at Lareau Farm, home of American Flatbread, in Waitsfield. Admission to the picnic is free and we'll be there rain or shine.

Alison Redlich

Join VPR President Robin Turnau in Bennington, Vermont on Monday, July 14 for a conversation about how VPR is serving you. It’s your opportunity to ask questions and share feedback about VPR News, VPR Classical, and our digital services.  

Robin will be at the Crazy Russian Girls Neighborhood Bakery at 443 Main Street at 2 p.m.

Update for June 30: We have a winner! "Mikaela's Dancing Chicken," pictured above, received about 40% of more than 600 votes cast. The design was created by Mikaela Luke-Currier of Randolph Elementary School. Her art will be featured on a VPR t-shirt this summer. Stay tuned.

Update for June 10: Voting is now open! Click here to view the six finalists and vote for your favorite. Voting ends Friday, June 27.

Monday is Pet Day today for VPR’s membership drive! We’re asking you to tell us about your pet when you make a contribution to VPR today. 

VPR's June Membership Drive is June 10-21 with a goal to raise $325,000, which helps pay for all of the news, music, and conversation you rely on. I hope you'll join VPR or renew your membership today, and check back here throughout the drive for updates.

Update for Saturday, June 21, 12:26 p.m.


We're pleased to announce that following a national search, Morning Host and Producer Kari Anderson has been selected as VPR Classical's first Managing Producer.
Kari has been VPR Classical’s morning host since 2012. In her new role, she’ll lead the classical staff and work with them to unify vision, content, and community engagement. In a region that boasts a rich and eclectic music scene, we're looking forward to making VPR Classical an even more integral part of the community.


VPR is giving away several drawing prizes during this membership drive. The sooner you make a gift, the more chances you have to win!

Airline Ticket Giveaway: Two pairs of roundtrip airline tickets to anywhere in the continental United States from Travel Leaders - Child/Albany Travel. Visit friends, take a vacation, or stay home and send your family away! (Value $1,200 per pair)

iPad Mini: Two iPad Minis from Small Dog Electronics: all the fun of an iPad in a smaller, compact package. (Value $400 each)

Michelle Owens / VPR

Wishing the best of luck to the VPR staffers taking part in this weekend's Vermont City Marathon in Burlington. Brendan Kinney and Patti Daniels will be running the full marathon,  while Nina Keck, Lesli Blount, Heather Dieringer, Francesca Orsini, and Angela Evancie will participate in the relay under the very public radio-esque name Wait, Wait...Don't Pass Me. 

If you're out there on Sunday, cheer them on! 

VPR Bikes To Work

May 13, 2014

In honor of National Bike To Work Week, several VPR staffers have been pedaling their way to work. 

Left to right, that's Brendan Kinney, Sage Van Wing, Michelle Owens, Angela Evancie, and Kari Anderson. 

Do you ride your bike to work? What are your favorite tips and tricks for bike commuting?

You brush your teeth. You’re kind to animals. And you support your public radio station. This Mother's Day, show your mom what a good kid she raised by saying thanks with a Mother Myrick's Lemon LuLu cake or a Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea Package from VPR.

Order online or call 1-800-639-6391 by Friday, May 2. We’ll send you a great gift for Mom and you’ll get more of the news, music, and conversation you love.