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VPR's Sustainer Sprint is a 30-hour race to welcome Sustaining Members to the VPR Family.
Illustration by Anna Ste. Marie

VPR’s Sustainer Sprint is a 30 hour race to welcome new Sustaining Members to the VPR Family. The sprint begins Friday, June 1 at 6 a.m. and ends at noon on Saturday, June 2.

Broadcast studio engineer Frank Alwine (back left) conducts a training session on the new equipment on Tuesday May 15, 2018.
Anna Ste. Marie / VPR

VPR’s engineering staff will be busy this weekend replacing the digital audio equipment in our broadcast studios. Despite huge behind-the-scenes changes, you’ll most likely notice just a few small differences in our programming this weekend, May 19-20, 2018.

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.

VPR won four Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for its news coverage in 2017.
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Vermont Public Radio stories about immigrants seeking asylum in Canada and the increase in millennial farmers in Vermont, a podcast about the history of Vermont’s whiteness and VPR’s digital news content have won four 2018 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.

Photograph courtesy of Willem Lange / via The Valley News

VPR has learned of the passing of Ida Lange, wife of many years to long-time commentator Willem Lange, who’s written a remembrance of her that appears in today’s Valley News.

Listeners may remember that Ida made frequent appearances in Willem’s columns and commentaries, but never by her given name.

Morning Edition Host Mitch Wertlieb will be away from the mic for several weeks this spring.
Daria Bishop

Morning Edition Host Mitch Wertlieb will be off the air for several weeks this spring as he recovers from hip replacement surgery.

"I'm going fully bionic!" Mitch says. He had his other hip replaced several years ago.

We’ll all miss Mitch’s in-depth interviews, quick wit and exceptional music beds. Some of us will miss his enthusiasm for the Red Sox. While he’s away, Jake Rusnock and Henry Epp will be waking up early to bring you the news.

Please feel free to leave your well wishes for Mitch in the comments!

Everything you ever wanted to know about VPR's membership drives, but were afraid to ask!

Reporters Emily Corwin and Liam Elder-Connors model the new Brave Little State t-shirt.
Angela Evancie / VPR

VPR’s spring membership drive begins Tuesday, April 3 with a goal of $425,000 to help keep VPR strong and independent throughout the year.

But Why will be live at WBUR Boston's Mega Awesome Super Huge Wicked Fun Podcast Playdate Sunday, April 29! Here's how to come by and check us out!

Join VPR's Investigative Reporter, Emily Corwin, and Vermont Edition's Jane Lindholm and Ric Cengeri for an evening of drinks and discussion on the culture, business and impact of dairy farming in Vermont.
Illustration by Anna Ste. Marie / VPR File

Agriculture and the environment are fundamental to Vermont's politics, economy and daily life. Join us at VPR's next News & Brews event Thursday, April 5 to go on a deep dive into dairy farming with VPR's Investigative Reporter, Emily Corwin, Senior Reporter, John Dillon, and Vermont Edition producer, Ric Cengeri.

Scott Finn will join VPR as president & CEO on May 7, 2018.
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The Vermont Public Radio Board of Directors has appointed Scott Finn as its new President and CEO.

Art Hounds ®  with Mary Williams will be discontinued on March 30 as VPR incorporates more arts reporting into news coverage.
VPR File

We know our listeners tune into VPR not only for independent news and classical music, but also for expansive coverage of our local arts community. That’s why we’re pleased to announce some exciting changes you’ll be hearing in our arts reporting starting this month!  

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NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts feature your favorite musicians from all genres. Each year, NPR hosts a contest for unsigned musicians who want a shot at taping their own Tiny Desk Concert. Enter the 2018 Tiny Desk Contest now!

Two NPR One pins with the VPR logo on a pink dish that says Something Magical.
Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR

So you want to know more about NPR One? We've got you covered.

'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.

Join VPR's capital bureau reporters Bob Kinzel and Pete Hirschfeld to discuss the issues at play in the 2018 legislative session.
Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR

Water quality, property taxes, family leave, and more! There’s so much at play in the legislature, it might make your head spin. Join us for News & Brews: A Legislative Half Time Huddle for an insider's view from our Statehouse reporters!

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.

Facebook announced changes to their News Feed in early 2018. Posts from publishers and organizations will be lower priority in your feed. Here's how to stay up to date with VPR and NPR.
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Facebook is making significant changes to its News Feed algorithm, which could limit the posts you see from VPR and other media sources. Instead of prioritizing posts based on how popular they were, now you'll be seeing more posts that spark “meaningful interactions” between people, by prioritizing posts from your friends over post from publishers and other organizations that you follow. 

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