Rebecca Sananes Joins VPR News As Upper Valley Reporter

Apr 25, 2016

Reporter Rebecca Sananes has joined Vermont Public Radio’s award-winning news team, covering the Upper Valley and Northeast Kingdom.

Sananes comes to VPR from WBUR, Boston’s NPR News station, where she was a news producer. She has also worked as a field producer during the New Hampshire presidential primary, and a writer and producer for Morning Edition on WBUR and Radio Boston. She recently traveled to Cuba on a fellowship from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. A University of Vermont graduate, Rebecca also has a Masters’ degree in journalism from Boston University.

Based in VPR’s Norwich studios, Sananes replaces Charlotte Albright, who left VPR in December.

"I am thrilled to be back in Vermont as part of the VPR News team,” Sananes said. As I dig into the Upper Valley communities, I hope to bring a diversity of voices to the air.”

News Director John Dillon said that Sananes’ reporting will further VPR’s public service mission, which seeks to provide a broad scope of reporting, covering all corners of the state.

"We're so pleased to have Rebecca on board,” said News Director John Dillon. “Her reporting will bring our audience the voices of people from the Upper Valley and Northeast Kingdom, helping us all better understand the issues affecting these parts of the state.”

Sananes’ stories are at VPR.net. She can be reached with story ideas at rsananes@vpr.net and @rebzsays on Twitter.

VPR News is an award-winning team of reporters, hosts, and producers committed to independent journalism, public service, and storytelling. The addition is one of several recent months in which VPR has strengthened its news gathering capacity to serve Vermonters with essential, trusted, and in-depth news.

Veteran southern Vermont journalist Howard Weiss-Tisman joined VPR last fall as its southern Vermont correspondent. Former VPR Morning Edition Producer Melody Bodette now covers Addison and Franklin counties, with an emphasis on the agricultural economy, and Montpelier-based investigative reporter Hilary Niles has contributed several data journalism projects over the past year, including Vermont’s Shadow Budget and continuing coverage of Vermont Health Connect.

More than 208,000 people listen to VPR stations each week, according to audience data collected by Nielsen Audio for Fall 2015.