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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Tues 9/10/13 at Noon & 7PM:  One year ago, the Red Cross of Vermont and the  New Hampshire Upper Valley started a program to train and equip towns to set up their own emergency shelters, an experience familiar to some towns during Tropical Storm Irene. Doug Bishop of the Red Cross updates us on the 40 towns that have participated in the Local Disaster Shelter Initiative's first year.

AP/Sam Myers

Thurs 9/5/13 Noon & 7 PM  Head Start programs are best known for providing pre-school education for low-income families. But Head Start also supports children’s development, and family relationships.

AP Photo/Alden Pellett

Fri 8/16/13 at Noon & 7PM:  Family history can be a mix of photos and stories passed from generations, with a little mythology thrown in. But when people want to get serious about learning their lineage, they join the ranks of genealogists who use state records and research databases to uncover details about their family's past.

These were some of the voices in the news this week....

Court Rules Against State In Vt. Yankee Federal Preemption Case

Toby Talbot / AP/file

Thurs. 8/15/13 at Noon & 7PM:  A federal appeals court has handed the state of Vermont a significant defeat in its efforts to close the state’s only nuclear power plant.  Entergy, the corporation that owns Vermont Yankee, sued the state in 2011 over two state laws that would have forced the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to close when its original 40 year license expired in 2012.

Grain growers in Vermont are reporting a particularly tough season. Growers says grains like wheat don’t do well in wet conditions, particular like those Vermont had in the early summer when wheat is flowering.

Ben Gleason of Gleason Grains says this is the worst season he’s ever had. Gleason grows wheat, mills it into flour and sells the finished product.

He says he may resort to buying grain from another farm in order to keep his flour business running:

AP/Steve Legge

Tues 8/13/13 at Noon & 7PM: Look across the farm fields of Vermont and corn is what you’re most likely to notice. But some growers have been experimenting with other grains and finding success.

AP/Toby Talbot


Tues 8/6/13 at Noon & 7 PM:

The Vermont Department of Health will receive a five-year, $9.9 million federal grant to for substance abuse prevention among young people. The state announced Monday that the funds from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will be focused on screening and early intervention of drug and alcohol dependence for young adults ages 18-25.

J. Scott Applewhite / AP file

Thurs 8/1/13 at Noon & 7PM: On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing in which top Obama administration officials were questioned about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs.

This summer the Shelburne Museum has created an exhibit of paintings by the three generations of the Wyeth family: N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth.

The Wyeths have enjoyed a popular following, but critics have been tougher on their body of work.

Tom Denenberg is the executive director of the Shelburne Museum, and curator of the Wyeth exhibit. He says all three generations of Wyeths have produced work that is more substantial and often darker than it appears at first glance.

AP/Charles Krupa

Tues 7/30/13 at Noon & 7PM

Depending on where you are in Vermont, your access to the internet and the speed of that connection vary dramatically. Tuesday on Vermont Edition, we look at how widely available high-speed internet is here, and the efforts to connect the so-called "final miles."

Credit AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Thurs 7/25/13 at Noon and 7PM: President Obama on Friday spoke from the White House briefing room about reactions to the Trayvon Martin verdict, and the ongoing dialog about race in the United States. Asking if people have done enough soul-searching about race, the president posed the rhetorical questions, “Am I wringing as much bias out of myself as I can? Am I judging people as much as I can not based on the color of their skin, but the content of their character?”

APAndy Duback

Fri 7/19/13 at Noon & 7PM  Lt. Gov. Phil Scott has become accustomed to his place as the sole Republican among the state's top office holders, and his moderate politics put him in a position to influence and work with Democratic leadership on major issues.

VPR/Nina Keck

Speculation about the layoffs at IBM in Essex Junction last most of the week, with 419 high-tech workers looking for options at state job fair.  Mexican farmworker and activist Danilo Lopez was temporarily spared deportation. Governor Peter Shumlin championed the groundbreaking of the new Brooks House in downtown Brattleboro. Regulators considered sanctions against Green Mountain Power for violating sound limits at its Lowell wind project last winter. And a Canadian runner was in Vermont on a barefoot running journey that will take him from Montreal to Argentina.

AP/Ben Margot

Tues 7/16/13 at Noon & 7PM: The All-Star Break is the mid-point of the baseball season, with the Home Run Derby kicking off Monday night at Citi Field in New York, and the annual contest between the best American and National League players on Tuesday night.

The All-Star Break also cues up the music for Vermont Edition’s Annual Baseball Show. Host Bob Kinzel talks with VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb, an ardent Red Sox fan, politician Kurt Wright, representing the Yankees, and sportswriter Anna Grearson, who feigns no allegiance.

Top stories in the news this week included the derailment of an oil train north of the border in Quebec, the announcement of a new plan to monitor mosquito born illnesses in the state, the Northeast Kingdom gets an airplane manufacturer, farmers get a lot of heartache, and environmentalists say work to clean up Lake Champlain is long overdue.

These were some of the voices in the news this week:


Friday 7/12/13 at Noon & 7PM: At least 340 IBM employees are being laid off at the Essex Junction plant this month, and the number will likely be higher when it becomes official on Friday. We talk with Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan about the state's programs to assist laid off IBMers, and with economist Art Woolf about the role of IBM in the state’s economy.


Wed. 7/10/13 at Noon & 7PM

Significant change is afoot in how much emergency housing the state will provide for homeless people. This winter the Legislature cut funding for hotel rooms when homeless shelters are full.  Last year the state spent $4 million on the General Assistance program; this year lawmakers slashed the program by more than half, to $1.5 million.

Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival

Every summer, the music scene in Vermont offers an embarrassment of riches for music lovers. And live performances can often create a power and intimacy that recordings can’t match. VPR Classical host Kari Anderson highlights three performances around the state this weekend.

See The VPR Summer Music Festivals Page

AP Photo/Courtesy of April Anson

Could you live in a tiny house? And we mean really tiny, between 64 and 300 square feet.  These small structures have been called economical, environmentally friendly, sustainable and even cute. Friday on Vermont Edition we listening back to some of our favorite interviews of the last year, starting with an exploration of the tiny house movement and why people choose to downsize so drastically.