Patti Daniels

Executive Producer, Vermont Edition

Patti is an integral part of VPR's news effort and part of the team that created Vermont Edition. As executive producer, Patti supervises the team that puts Vermont Edition on the air every day, working with producers to select and research show ideas, select guests and develop the sound and tone of the program.

Patti has produced public affairs programs like VPR's symposia and election night coverage, and special projects like the documentaries, Phish: The Final Curtain and States of Marriage. A graduate of Bates College, Patti worked for several years on civil society projects in the former Soviet Union and the Balkans.  Patti is a marathoner and native San Diegan.

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Sunday began the annual observance of Yom HaShoah, a day of remembrance for victims and survivors of the Holocaust.  In communities around Vermont, people gathered to share their own families' history of escape and survival from the genocide of Jews during World War II.

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A few thousand students and parents in the Essex High School community lived through a scary morning last week. A suspected threat to the high school triggered safety procedures for all the schools in Essex Junction. It was a scenario that teachers and students drill for but rarely experience in real life.

The Vermont Center for Ecostudies tracked local forest birds for a 25-year period and has now released an extensive study of the data. One overall finding of this new report was a more than 14 percent decline in the forest bird population in the study areas.

Steve Faccio joined Vermont Edition Monday to elaborate on the findings, including a breakdown of which bird species experienced declines and which ones had increasing or stable populations. Faccio is lead author of the report, a conservation biologist and director of the forest bird monitoring program at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies.

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Congress is on a two-week recess when many members are in their districts to hear from  constituents about major issues facing the country.  Vermont's sole congressional representative, Democrat Peter Welch, talks with VPR's Bob Kinzel and takes questions from Vermonters.

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If you had to pay a fee whenever you needed a plastic bag at the checkout, would it prompt you to remember a reusable bag? What if plastic bags were altogether banned? On the next Vermont Edition, we look at different efforts to reduce flimsy plastic bags.

Outline of Vermont on top of collage of $1 bills.
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Every year, the state budget is the one must-pass piece of legislation for lawmakers and the governor. But getting to agreement on the budget is fraught with philosophical differences and competing priorities.

A group of fans, some wearing Boston Red Sox apparel, hold out baseballs to be autographed.
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The opening week of baseball season means that winter is over (in some places) and that it's time for Vermont Edition's annual baseball show.

Some of the United States' highest military and diplomatic priorities intersect in the Syrian conflict – the aggression of ISIS, the stability of the Middle East, our relationship with Russia and, more broadly, the role the U.S. intends to have in international relations.

Robert Ford was U.S. ambassador to Syria from 2011 to 2014, and now lives in St. Johnsbury. Ford spoke to Vermont Edition on Thursday to share his observations on the conflict in Syria, including a recent deadly chemical attack on a Syrian town.

Volcan Lanin in the background as a bicycle and car travel the road below.
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The Spanish phrase "Mundo Pequeño" means "small world," and it's also the name and the mission of a massive undertaking by three cyclists from our region. 

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A Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in Congress came with a warning that insurance markets will "explode" if the law is not fixed. But how much truth is in that claim, and how stable is Vermont's health care exchange?

On Tuesday, the Vermont House was set to debate H.170 – a bill which would legalize small amounts of marijuana for possession and cultivation. But in a surprise move, at least to many observers, the bill did not get debated on the House floor.

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Three people arrested in Vermont by Immigration and Customs Enforcement had custody hearings in federal court in Boston Monday. Two of them were released on bail, but a third is being held in custody. We review what transpired and what happens next.

Vermont lawmakers working on a bill to legalize marijuana say they have now presented a compromise to Gov. Phil Scott that would address many of the concerns he raised when he vetoed a legalization bill in May.
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The prospects for legalization of marijuana face a big moment this week: the Vermont House will take up a floor debate over whether to legalize possession of some amounts of pot in Vermont.

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People who are suffering psychiatric episodes can end up in the emergency rooms of community hospitals, where doctors and nurses say they are not equipped to provide the treatment these patients need. As Vermont Edition begins a week-long exploration of mental health care in Vermont, we look at the problem of emergency psychiatric care.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders has a packed two-day schedule Thursday and Friday as he travels around his home state to meet-and-greet with Vermonters and hold two town hall sessions. This kind of face-time with citizens in Vermont has become rarer in the last two years since Sanders ramped up a run for president and rose to prominence in national politics.

South Burlington High School and Milton Middle School have both had rocky conversations about race and inclusion during this school year.
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Racial discrimination in Vermont can be an isolating experience — partly because the state has such a small percentage of people of color, and also because the problem often goes unnoticed by Vermont's overwhelmingly white majority.

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In Vermont's 251 towns, citizens are casting votes in an annual exercise of truly local self-government: Town Meeting Day. By Wednesday,Vermont Edition will have a statewide picture of how towns across Vermont weighed in on critical issues.

The golden dome of the Vermont Statehouse with a blue sky background.
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A panel of reporters joins Vermont Edition on this year's Town Meeting Day for an overview of issues being considered around the state.

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A shortage of primary care doctors in most parts of Vermont has the medical community concerned, with nearly 30 percent of primary care physicians over age 60 and nearing retirement. 

Profile of Governor Phil Scott with Vermont flag in background.
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Vermont's state budget tops one billion dollars, and the balance of raising revenue and controlling costs is a contentious issue between the governor and the Democratic leadership in the Legislature.

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