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

Get The New VPR Hat

Dec 10, 2013

  When you make a year-end gift of $75 or more today, you can request the new VPR fleece hat as our thanks to you for supporting VPR!

This jaunty toque is a cozy black fleece beanie made by the Turtle Fur company of Morrisville, Vermont. 

With the VPR logo embroidered in white, you can show off your support of VPR in style, all while keeping your noggin warm during the long Vermont winter! The hat is lightweight, soft, and is one-size fits most.

We are thrilled to announce the launch of VPR Classical in the Montpelier area! VPR Classical is now broadcasting at 99.5 FM, reaching a population of 36,000, including the communities of Montpelier, East Montpelier, and parts of Barre.

  When you make a gift of $35 or more today (Saturday!), you can request a year's subscription to Eating Well Magazine as our thanks to you for supporting VPR!

We are pleased to announce that reporter Peter Hirschfeld will join VPR's capital bureau beginning next month. He'll join Bob Kinzel in covering state government and the Vermont Legislature.

Hirschfeld is a leading Vermont journalist who has covered the Statehouse since 2009, most recently as bureau chief for the Rutland Herald and Times Argus. He began his career in 2003, working as a local sports reporter and copy editor at the Times Argus.

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

$1,000 Gift Certificate to Small Dog Electronics
$1,000 to spend on Apple electronics and accessories at Small Dog Electronics. Shop online or at their stores in South Burlington, Waitsfield, or Manchester, NH. 

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NPR’s Tell Me More is moving to weekdays at 2 p.m. beginning on November 25. It will replace the The Story, which is ceasing production in order for Host Dick Gordon to return to his native Canada. 

Tell Me More has been airing weeknights at 9 p.m. since last year. Hosted by award-winning journalist Michel Martin, the show explores the way we live, intersect and collide in a culturally diverse world. 

Join VPR President Robin Turnau in Manchester, Vermont on Thursday, November 21 for coffee and conversation.  It’s your turn to ask questions and share feedback about VPR News, VPR Classical, and our digital services.  

Robin will be at Northshire Bookstore in their new meeting space at 3 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by the Spiral Press Café.

Planning to come? You can RSVP on Facebook. Hope to see you there!

Family Ties

Nov 6, 2013

You hear a lot about the special group of people we refer to as the VPR Family - our staff, our members, and listeners. But did you know that a handful of VPR staffers are actual family? 

Ever since concerns about lead content in VPR Artist Mugs surfaced in late September, we have been working to understand the issue because the safety of our members is a top priority.

Making Our Mark

Oct 30, 2013

Contractors were at VPR today pouring a concrete foundation for a new NPR satellite dish. Before it dried, we had a little fun decorating the concrete with our names and hand prints!

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There's been a spotlight on Vermont's mental health care system since Tropical Storm Irene slammed into Vermont and flooded the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury. All of the patients at the hospital had to be evacuated immediately and the facility was never reopened. The State Hospital had been funded entirely by state dollars for most of the last decade after safety and security issues caused the federal government to pull its certification. "Let's be candid," says Governor Peter Shumlin, "it was a dump. And we should have been out of there years and years ago."

We are thrilled to announce the creation of a new digital news team at VPR that will work to expand reporting and production of news for our digital, mobile, and social media audiences. 

The team will provide breaking news and enterprise reporting for mobile devices, tablets and at VPR.net. The team also adds opportunities for data analysis of public records, as well as digital maps, apps, and other tools.

The new cross-departmental team has six members:

Storytelling is as old as language itself, and as simple as one person sharing an experience with another. But it takes time and investment to keep the craft of storytelling alive.  
At Vermont Public Radio, we practice the craft of storytelling every day. And that’s why we’re delighted to be media sponsors of the first StoryhackVT, which takes place in Burlington on October 19-20.

It came to our attention recently that today is National Fluffernutter Day, in which we celebrate the venerable sandwich made with peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff sandwich. Did you know that Marshmallow Fluff was invented in New England - Somerville, Massachusetts to be exact - and has been proposed as the official state sandwich of Massachusetts? It even has its own annual festival, called What The Fluff.


Congratulations to Vermont Edition's Jane Lindholm and Patti Daniels for being selected as winners of Vermont's Rising Stars Award for 2013 by Vermont Business Magazine!

The list is comprised of 40 Vermont professionals under the age of 40. Award recipients were selected by a panel of judges for their commitment to business growth, professional excellence and involvement in their communities. 

Update 9/30/13

In response to a listener concern about the presence of lead in the ink of an artist mug from October 2011, VPR brought all 34 mugs produced between Fall 2002 and Fall 2013 to a Williston lab for further analysis.   

Using an X-Ray Fluorescence Analyzer, 10 additional mugs (pictured above) produced between 2002 and 2005 were identified as using inks with traces of lead. However, our vendors continue to assure us that they produced these mugs in accordance with the relevant FDA and Consumer Protection Safety Commission regulations.

Update 9/30/13:

VPR listeners sure can dance! What an awesome party Saturday night in Middlebury! We filled the hall by 7:30 and had a line outside for the next few hours. Everyone got in eventually and danced the night away. 

Thank you for celebrating 30 years of My Place with Joel Najman with us; we hope to do it again! Enjoy more scenes from VPR A Go-Go at our Flickr page! 

Update 9/23/13:

Vermont Public Radio has appointed veteran journalist John Dillon as News Director, and Producer Melody Bodette has been named Deputy News Director, the station announced Tuesday.

Dillon, who has been with VPR since 2001, was chosen following a comprehensive national search this summer.

Do you wonder who Vermont's next great writers will be? Want to hear them in their early, formative years? Don’t miss Millennial Writers on Stage at the Burlington Book Festival this Saturday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. 15 young writers – among the best in the state – will read their work live on stage.

Update 9/23/13: What a fun event! About 400 people turned out to enjoy ice cream, music, and sunshine to celebrate the last of summer. Thank you to the wonderful people of Plainfield for hosting us and for your phenomenal support of VPR! You'll find more photos at our Flickr page!