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

Vermont Public Radio has been honored with four regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in electronic journalism, including recognition for Continuing Coverage, Audio Documentary, Hard News, and Website, from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). 

The winning coverage includes:

Continuing Coverage of the problems with Vermont Health Connect 

Michelle Owens

This week, the VPR staff participated in two days of workshops on diversity. The sessions were led by Keith Woods, NPR's Vice President of Diversity in Programming and Operations, and Luis Clemens, editor of NPR's Code Switch project.

Angela Evancie

Updated April 16: The first two StorySlam competitions at Skinny Pancake were sold out events, and testament to the incredible storytellers we have here in Vermont! 

We've received a few questions about how to get tickets. They are available directly from The Moth's website, and they generally go on sale one week before the event. 

All the stories are being recorded for possible broadcast or feature on The Moth's You Tube channel.

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We want to assure our supporters that VPR's online donation page is safe from the Heartbleed Bug, an online security vulnerability. 

We use Blackbaud Payment Service, Blackbaud Merchant Services, and Netcommunity to process our membership payments. Last week our vendor assured us that all sites remain secure and your personal information has not been compromised. 

VPR

We recently published our 2013 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.  You can download VPR’s 2013 Annual Report here. Thanks so much for listening to and supporting VPR! 

Update for April 4: WOXM is back on the air, now at 89.1 FM. Thank you for your patience!

We are happy to announce that VPR Classical’s Middlebury station, WOXM 90.1 FM, will move to 89.1 FM in early April. This change will allow us to increase the station’s power and double the population served from 49,000 to 100,000 Vermonters.

VPR has been named as one of the 2014 Best Places to Work in Vermont by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

It's the second year VPR has been named to the list, in a program designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Vermont.

VPR's March Membership Drive is Wednesday, March 19- Friday, March 28 with a goal to raise $250,000. I hope you'll become a Sustaining Member or make a one-time gift to VPR to support all of the news, music, and conversation you rely on. Check back here for daily updates on how the drive is going!

Update for Monday, March 31:

For so many of us up north, this day could not come soon enough: Spring officially arrives at 12:57 today. Not that it looks that way outside...but it's something, right?

We're celebrating spring in many ways today at VPR: first, when you become a Sustaining Member or make a gift of $35 or more today, we'll thank you with a Bee's Garden Seed Kit from High Mowing Organic Seeds

Happy Pi(e) Day!

Mar 14, 2014
Brendan Kinney

The VPR Staff couldn’t resist a bit of social time this afternoon to enjoy some delicious pie in honor of everyone’s favorite number, 3.14159.

Included in the lineup of delights was banana cream, strawberry rhubarb, sweet potato, bacon quiche, and two key lime pies.

Robin Turnau shared her super-simple recipe for key lime pie below. What’s your favorite pie recipe? Share it with us in the comments, and happy Pi(e) Day!

Mix together:
1 can condensed milk
1/2 cup key lime juice
3 egg yolks

Enter To Win!

Mar 12, 2014

VPR is giving away several drawing prizes during our March 2014 Membership Drive. The sooner you make a gift, the more chances you have to win!

Already a Sustaining Member of VPR? You're automatically entered to win! If not, click here to become a sustainer or make a pledge today - and thank you so much! Good luck!

$2,000 gift certificate to Ski Rack
Find everything you need to enjoy the outdoors, from skis and boots to bikes, clothing, and outerwear.

We've heard several reports over the last week from listeners having a hard time receiving VPR Classical at 95.1 from Sunderland/Manchester. 

This past week we checked all of the equipment at our transmitter site. All of the equipment appears to be working fine and we are broadcasting at full power. We are now looking into other possible issues including some sort of local interference or antenna problems.

The ultimate battle for supremacy is here: who is the greatest and most dominant personality in all of public media? Who will reign supreme as the King or Queen of Public Media? Terry Gross? Mister Rogers? The Dowager Countess? Ira Glass? 

Vote for your favorites each week in public media’s answer to March Madness from our friends at WHYY in Philadelphia! 

VPR's Citizens Of The World Tours will venture to Morocco June 11-19, 2014. Host Steve Zind offered his thoughts about why he's looking forward to traveling with you: 

UPDATE FOR 2/28/14:

Thanks to everyone who has provided feedback about the VPR Classical restructuring. Hearing your comments reminds us how important a responsibility we have to our listeners and supporters. It’s a responsibility we take very seriously, and we carefully consider any change we make to our programming. Again, this was a very difficult decision for VPR and not one we made lightly.

Montpelier translators 94.1 (VPR News) and 99.5 (VPR Classical) are off the air due to technical problems at the site. It is expected to take all week to correct the issues.

Updated 2/17/14: Both stations are back on the air as of Monday afternoon.

The broadcasts on our other news and classical stations are not affected and you can stream online and mobile as well.

Over the last several years, VPR has been working to improve energy consumption at our historic 19th-century headquarters, located in Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester. Our efforts are being presented as a case study this week as part of the Better Buildings By Design conference in Burlington, hosted by Efficiency Vermont.

We began in 2008 with lighting projects, which yielded far greater savings than we ever imagined: 25,000 kilowatt hours per year.

House lawmakers gave final approval to a wide-ranging gun bill Tuesday night. The legislation heads now to the Vermont Senate, which is expected to hold a final vote before the end of the week.
Angela Evancie / VPR file

Governor Peter Shumlin delivers his budget address Wednesday, January 15 at 2 p.m.  You can listen on VPR's live stream from the Vermont House.

Lawmakers have a busy agenda when they return to Montpelier this month, and you can count on VPR for comprehensive coverage of the Statehouse during the 2014 session.

Vermont Edition will broadcast live from the Statehouse on Tuesday, January 7 at noon for interviews with the House leadership. 

Need a gift for the public radio fan on your holiday shopping list? Give that person a gift that keeps on giving: a VPR membership!

Just make a gift at VPR.net and check off "Gift Membership" on the pledge form. We'll send you a beautiful card and a VPR Euro bumper sticker to give to the recipient. He or she will enjoy being part of the dedicated community of listeners who power the news and music, and you’ll feel good knowing that you’re giving the gift of great radio. 

Meet Pledgie, VPR's own Elf On The Shelf. In addition to scouting for Santa on who's been naughty and nice on the VPR Staff, he's helping us out with our membership drive by spreading cheer and taking the occasional year-end gift from our generous listeners.

Check out some of Pledgie's adventures here, or follow VPR on Instagram!

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