Rebecca Sananes

Upper Valley Reporter

Rebecca Sananes is VPR's Upper Valley Reporter. Before joining the VPR Newsroom, she was the Graduate Fellow at WBUR and a researcher on a Frontline documentary.

Rebecca was a 2015 Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Fellow.  Her reporting on HIV/AIDS and the transgender community in Cuba was featured on NPR.

Rebecca holds a Master's in Journalism from Boston University and is a University of Vermont alumna. 

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Dr. Dennis McCullough, a Norwich resident who pioneered the slow medicine movement, died unexpectedly earlier this month. He was 72.

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The City Council of Lebanon, New Hampshire has declined to take up a proposed ordinance that would ban overnight parking on city property. 

The ordinance would have prohibited Lebanon's homeless population from parking the vehicles they live in.

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The decision for institutions to divest from fossil fuels is more complicated than just a list of pros and cons, according to a new report commissioned by Dartmouth College.

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What goes into making a dress code in 2016? At Woodstock Union Middle School, the discussion has included gender politics, discrimination policies and Supreme Court decisions.

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When I pulled up to the house in Windham she shares with her parents, 26-year-old Selene Cummings greeted me, wearing a sun dress and lip gloss. She brushed her sandy blonde hair over her shoulder and down her back.

Cummings lives on a dirt road in a decidedly rural area, but for her that hasn't been a hindrance to her transition.

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A new ordinance in Lebanon, New Hampshire that would ban overnight parking on city property could have a profound impact on the city's homeless population.

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Around 400 people were at Burke Mountain this Memorial Day Weekend celebrating the planned fall opening of the Burke Hotel and Conference Center.

School officials from the four towns that make up the Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union say an education reform law designed to consolidate the school system might actually create a wedge.

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A decision by Dartmouth College to deny tenure to an Asian-American professor has brought national attention to the lack of diversity in higher education.

More than 3,000 people have signed a petition to overturn the decision.

New research out of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) as a result of their mother's opiate use shows that a different method for neo-natal care can address infants' symptoms more effectively.

Questions about race and free speech are being debated at Dartmouth College after a student group posted signs on campus commemorating National Police Week with the slogan "Blue Lives Matter."

Within hours, the signs were torn down and replaced by Black Lives Matter signs.

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A Utah developer’s plans to build a 20,000-person settlement in Orange and Windsor counties could make it difficult for a Tunbridge family to keep living their rural lifestyle.

A heated debate over dress codes for female students at the Woodstock Union Middle School rages on. 

After weeks of controversy over the school's dress policy and accusations of sexism by the staff, the school held an open forum Wednesday to discuss a new policy. 

Vermont has made it easier for both women and men to get birth control services. For the first time, new legislation requires that vasectomies are added to insurance policies — with no co-pay for the patient. 

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On Saturday, Dartmouth students held what organizers say was the largest climate change-related rally in New Hampshire's history. An estimated 400 people were on campus calling for Dartmouth to divest its endowment from fossil fuels.

Staff Spotlight: Rebecca Sananes

Apr 29, 2016

Have you ever wondered about the people that make the magic happen at VPR? Well, we're here to pull back the curtain! Each month we're profiling different members of the VPR team; finding out what they do as well as some interesting facts about them. This time, we're talking to VPR's Upper Valley Reporter, Rebecca Sananes.

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The Bernie Sanders presidential campaign said it is laying off about 225 staffers following losses in four out of five of Tuesday's primaries.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin and his top commerce official visited Jay Peak Wednesday to ease concerns about the future of that resort as well as Q Burke and other developments in the area funded by the federal EB-5 program.

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A developer from Utah who has purchased 900 acres in Royalton, Sharon, Tunbridge and Stafford to create a 20,000 person closed community, has not filed any permits for the project yet.

A downtown Newport development project is in doubt following fraud allegations against the project developers. State and local officials met this week to talk more about the project's future but few answers were found.