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

Meet Althea Freeman-Miller of Burlington, designer of the VPR Artist Mug for this drive. Check out her Etsy shop here! And, you can get her specially-designed artist mug for a pledge of $90 - or get two for $144!

It's Throwback Thursday at VPR! Everyone who makes a pledge to today – in any amount – will receive a Mystery Artist Mug from the last 10 years!

VPR began commissioning mug designs from Vermont artists in 1992. Since then, more than 60 mugs have been created to celebrate VPR and its community. 

What's your favorite VPR Artist Mug? Let us know in the comments. And thank you for your support! 

Today in our Stories That Matter series, Sustaining Membership Coordinator Jean Murphy describes a recent StoryCorps episode that will stay with her for a long time. 


Vermont Edition Host Jane Lindholm got a little carried away with her garden this year. That, or she has a really, really green thumb. For the last month or so, we've been finding baskets of cucumbers in the VPR kitchen, with notes signed "The Cucumber Lady," pleading with us to take them off her hands.

We continue our series about the stories that have mattered to VPR Staff today, with contributions from Mitch Wertlieb and Mary Williams, your morning companions on VPR News.   

Credit Indaia Whitcombe / WUNC

The Story, which airs weekdays at 2 p.m. on VPR News, will broadcast its final program on North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC this fall.  That's because Dick Gordon has decided to return to his native Canada, where he started his journalism career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, to be closer to his family. 

Stan Rashid

Througout this week, VPR will present special news coverage and programs marking the two-year anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene, and we'd like you to contribute to the conversation. 

You're invited to share your photos from before and after the storm. What did your surroundings look like before Irene, after the storm - and what do they look like today? You can post photos at VPR’s Facebook page, or email them to community@vpr.net

Michelle Owens / VPR

Last Friday afternoon, the VPR staff gathered under a tent on our front lawn for our annual employee recognition picnic.

We ate barbeque, played corn hole and badminton, and recognized these six VPR staffers for their years of dedication to VPR:

Ben Resnik / VPR

Over the next few weeks, we'll be hearing from VPR staffers about the public radio stories that have mattered to them. Today, Brendan Kinney, vice president for development and marketing, explains why this recent commentary about why Pete Rose should enter the Hall Of Fame with Ichiro Suzuki by Frank Deford stopped him in his tracks.


VPR has been honored with a Seven Daysie award for Best Radio Station for the sixth consecutive year! The Daysies are voted on each year by readers of the Burlington-based weekly paper Seven Days and cover restaurants, artists, stores, festivals, journalists, media and more around Vermont. We're honored to be the top pick again this year. It is an honor be your essential and trusted independent voice for news, information, music and cultural exploration.

Lesli Blount / VPR

 More than 650 VPR fans came to the Shelburne Museum on July 20 for the annual VPR Listener Picnic. Except for 10 minutes of rain, the weather held out and everyone enjoyed hearing from Here & Now Host Robin Young, live music by Joshua Panda & The Hot Damned and Rick & The Ramblers, food truck treats, and exploring the museum.

My visit to Cape Breton and to Prince Edward Island this October with VPR caps off a series of tours I've led with ties to Celtic music and culture.  

We are pleased to announce that Vermont Public Radio has been honored by the Public Radio News Directors Inc.

Updated at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 25:

It is a well-documented fact that Morning Edition Host Mitch Wertlieb sometimes makes promises during membership drives that he wishes he hadn't.

Like the time he and Jane Lindholm made a Call Me Maybe video.

Or the time he recorded a funky rap that some listeners wrote in VPR's honor.

What if VPR were a lemonade stand? How do businesses that give away their product survive? Through the generosity of the people who use the product!  Check out this video we made in honor of summer and the membership drive, starring several VPR staff children! You can support VPR online here, or by calling 1-800-639-6391.


Ben Resnik

We may be partial, but we think that VPR has the greatest staff in the world – we love it when new folks join the VPR Family, and we truly hate to see them move on. And because we consider you members of the family too, we wanted to let you know about some recent comings and goings:


My Place Host Joel Najman was honored with a resolution from the Vermont Legislature yesterday, congratulating him on 30 years as “Vermont Public Radio’s rock and roll impresario.”

Watch the week's news get the treatment it deserves in the comfort of the Palace 9 Theater in South Burlington, Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, The Latchis Theater in Brattleboro or the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, VT, when the NPR news quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! brings its star power to the big screen for a special LIVE performance sent nationwide to movie theaters.

VPR is pleased to host this special "Cinecast" in Vermont on Thursday, May 2 at 8 p.m. at the Palace 9 Cinema in South Burlington.

  They're there in your time of need. They have stunning strength and agility. And they look great in tights! We're talking about superheroes. At VPR, we think of our sustaining members as superheroes because they support VPR with automatic monthly contributions of $5 or more.

And yes, you do look great in tights!