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Eight public media organizations in New England, including Vermont Public Radio, have received a $625,538 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to establish a regional news collaboration.

A team of VPR News reporters are reporting from Iowa in advance of the presidential caucuses on February 1. Over the next week, VPR will focus on the run up to democratic caucus in Iowa, where Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is locked in a tight race with Hillary Clinton.

Coverage highlights include:

Vermont Public Radio has once again been named one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont. It's the fourth year VPR has made the list of the top small to mid-sized companies in the state. 

The annual list is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Vermont. Companies from across the state were evaluated on company workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics; and a survey to measure the employee experience.

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Two years ago, Gov. Shumlin highlighted the state’s opiate epidemic in his state of the state address. January 11-15, 2016, VPR News looks at the progress that’s been made and the problems that remain in a special series, State Of Recovery.

Highlights of the series include:

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VPR will be live at the Statehouse this week for the opening of the 2016 legislative session:

Tuesday, January 5Vermont Edition, VPR’s daily news magazine, will broadcast live at noon. Hosts Bob Kinzel and Jane Lindholm will speak with House Speaker Shap Smith, Republican Sen. Joe Benning, Progressive Rep. Chris Pearson, and reporters.

Vermont Public Radio has elected Nicole Ravlin of Shelburne to its Board of Directors to serve a three-year term.

As co-founder of People Making Good Public Relations, Ravlin works on new business development for the agency and serves the agency’s clients as a lead communications strategist and crisis communication manager. Her clients include international, national, and Vermont brands including: EO Products, The Republic of Tea, Les Trois Petits Cochons, and Darn Tough Vermont.

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Veteran Vermont reporter Howard Weiss-Tisman has joined Vermont Public Radio as its Southern Vermont Correspondent, covering Windham and southern Windsor counties.

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Vermont Public Radio recently broke ground on an $8 million expansion and renovation of its headquarters, located in Colchester’s historic Fort Ethan Allen district.

“This project represents the next step in VPR’s evolution as a public media organization serving the state of Vermont,” said VPR President Robin Turnau. “Our improved facilities will allow us to enhance and expand our public service while engaging the community in new and innovative ways.”

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NPR’s Snap Judgment comes to VPR on Saturday afternoons at 1 p.m. beginning August 1, 2015.

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Charlie Kireker, Chair of Vermont Public Radio’s Board of Directors, has been elected to the NPR Foundation Board of Trustees for a three-year term.  

Vermont Public Radio has been honored with national awards for its news coverage – for community engagement, commentary, and multimedia presentation.

“As a public broadcaster, we are accountable to the community we serve,” said VPR News Director John Dillon. “We are honored to receive these awards because they go to the heart of VPR’s mission to provide an essential and trusted independent voice for news and information in our region.”

After five generations, Emily Post’s family continues the tradition of bringing etiquette advice to the airwaves with Awesome Etiquette, a weekly feature on VPR.

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

Vermont Public Radio has been honored with three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including recognitions for Continuing Coverage, Writing and Website from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). 

“As a public broadcaster, we are accountable to the community we serve,” said VPR News Director John Dillon. “We are honored to receive these awards because they go to the heart of VPR’s mission to provide an essential and trusted independent voice for news and information in our region.”

The winning coverage includes:

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Vermont Public Radio has once again been named one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont. It's the third straight year VPR has made the list, placing 11th on the list of the top small to mid-sized companies in the state. 

Vermont Public Radio has been honored with four regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in electronic journalism, including recognition for Continuing Coverage, Audio Documentary, Hard News, and Website, from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). 

The winning coverage includes:

Continuing Coverage of the problems with Vermont Health Connect 

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.

We are thrilled to announce the creation of a new digital news team at VPR that will work to expand reporting and production of news for our digital, mobile, and social media audiences. 

The team will provide breaking news and enterprise reporting for mobile devices, tablets and at VPR.net. The team also adds opportunities for data analysis of public records, as well as digital maps, apps, and other tools.

The new cross-departmental team has six members:

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.

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