Announcements

Musician, composer and educator Ray Vega is the new host of Friday Night Jazz on VPR.
Seth Cashman

Trumpeter, percussionist, composer, arranger and educator Ray Vega will join Vermont Public Radio this month as the new host of Friday Night Jazz.

Scott Finn will join VPR as president & CEO on May 7, 2018.
WVPB

The Vermont Public Radio Board of Directors has appointed Scott Finn as its new President and CEO.

'Planet Money/How I Built This' will be joining VPR's Sunday lineup starting on March 4, 2018. The program is a marriage of two popular podcasts that share common themes of business and money, and tell amazing stories in different ways.
NPR

A special broadcast version of two of NPR’s most popular podcasts — Planet Money and How I Built This — is coming to VPR’s Sunday program schedule starting on March 4, 2018. These back-to-back programs will air at 4 p.m. and On The Media will move to 10 a.m.

VPR will continue to carry On Point, which will continue to be produced by guest hosts including Jane Clayson, Tom Gjelten and Ray Suarez.
On Point Radio

Tom Ashbrook, host of On Point, has been dismissed from WBUR, Boston University announced Wednesday.

Ashbrook was placed on leave in December 2017 after 11 current and former station employees filed complaints of sexual misconduct and bullying. Boston University launched two independent investigations, which found that Ashbrook's conduct "created an abusive work environment" but determined it "was not sexual in nature."

Award-winning public radio journalist Sarah Ashworth will return to Vermont Public Radio in March as director of news.
Chris Saunders / NHPR

Award-winning  public radio journalist Sarah Ashworth will return to Vermont Public Radio in March as director of news. She will lead the station’s 15-person news team.

Ashworth brings a variety of experiences to VPR, which has  significantly increased its public service journalism over the last 17 years as a result of audience demand.  She will lead VPR’s initiatives in broadcast and digital news gathering as the organization develops new ways to provide news, enterprise and investigative reporting while engaging the community in the process.

Update 1/4/18: Randy Brock has resigned from the VPR Board of Directors audit committee following his appointment to the Vermont Senate in December.

Original post: Vermont Public Radio has elected two new members to its Board of Directors to serve three-year terms:

John Dillon will become VPR's senior reporter for the New England News Collaborative in January 2018.
Vermont Public Radio

News Director and longtime VPR News reporter John Dillon will take on a new role as Senior Reporter for the New England News Collaborative beginning in January, VPR announced today. 

Friday Night Jazz Host Reuben Jackson will leave VPR in April 2018.
VPR

Reuben Jackson, host of Friday Night Jazz, has announced that he will leave VPR next April. His final VPR broadcast will be Friday, April 27.

“Needless to say, the opportunity to share music I truly love with an audience of devoted listeners for five years has been - and will continue to be for awhile longer - an immense joy,” Reuben wrote in an email to staff. “I want to thank VPR for the unexpected opportunity and for the chance to return the world of radio.”

One of public radio's most popular shows, Car Talk, will end production on September 30, 2017.
NPR

If laughter is the best medicine, Saturday mornings on VPR have been our tonic for the weeks’ stresses and the world’s woes. From brakes, ignitions and fuel pumps to mysterious noises and smells, to romance and parenting, Tom and Ray Magliozzi have shared wisdom and laughter Saturday mornings on Car Talk.

It's Been A Minute with Sam Sanders will air on VPR Saturdays at 10 a.m. beginning October 7, 2017.
NPR

Changes are coming to VPR's program schedule in October 2017. Here’s everything you need to know about the new programs and when to listen.

Peter Fox Smith has shared his love and knowledge of opera with VPR audiences since the station first went on the air in 1977.
Jordan Silverman

A Passion For Opera, which airs on VPR Classical Saturdays at noon, will end production next month. The last program will broadcast on Saturday, September 9.

We are pleased to announce that reporter Peter Hirschfeld will join VPR's capital bureau beginning next month. He'll join Bob Kinzel in covering state government and the Vermont Legislature.

Hirschfeld is a leading Vermont journalist who has covered the Statehouse since 2009, most recently as bureau chief for the Rutland Herald and Times Argus. He began his career in 2003, working as a local sports reporter and copy editor at the Times Argus.

Vermont Public Radio has appointed veteran journalist John Dillon as News Director, and Producer Melody Bodette has been named Deputy News Director, the station announced Tuesday.

Dillon, who has been with VPR since 2001, was chosen following a comprehensive national search this summer.