Abagael Giles

Digital Producer

Abagael is a digital producer at VPR.

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Gubernatorial candidate Charly Dickerson
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Charly Dickerson is a retired public administrator and a longtime resident of Montpelier, who is running as an independent candidate for governor.

Ralph Corbo wears sunglasses and holds of a peace sign with his fingers
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Ralph Corbo is a candidate for lieutenant governor from Wallingford. His name appears on the ballot with the party affiliation “Banish The F-35s.” In the past, he’s worked as a U.S. postal service employee.

a man in a selfie
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Michael Devost is a Newport City-based independent candidate for governor. He works as a housekeeper, and is concerned that the Scott Administration has overstated the dangers of COVID-19.

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Kevin Hoyt is a conservative gun rights activist running for governor as an independent candidate in the 2020 general election. He has been a vocal critic of Gov. Phil Scott's efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 by shutting down sectors of Vermont's economy.

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Emily Peyton is running for governor as a candidate with the “Truth Matters” party. She believes in the right of citizens to decline vaccines and disputes the Vermont Department of Health’s assertion that 58 people have died of COVID-19 in Vermont since March.

Molly Gray holds a microphone
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The lieutenant governor's race has been one of the closest in Vermont's 2020 election. Amid record-setting early voting, the two major party candidates — Democrat Molly Gray and Republican Scott Milne — are making final appeals to undecided Vermonters. This hour, Vermont Edition continues its series of one-on-one interviews with candidates for top offices continues with Democratic nominee Molly Gray. 

Benjy Renton on the bridge across Otter Creek in downtown Middlebury
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Eight months ago, VPR interviewed a Middlebury College junior named Benjy Renton, who had just returned from studying abroad in China. He’d been forced to come back to the United States because of an outbreak of a new virus called – you guessed it – COVID-19.

Coronavirus testing site at Champlain Orchards
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This week, public health officials announced that 27 employees at Champlain Orchards in Shoreham have tested positive for COVID-19. All are men who traveled to Vermont from Jamaica to work seasonally through the H2A visa program.

Champlain Orchards in Shoreham
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Updated 10/6/20 11:50 a.m.

In Shoreham, 27 farmworkers at Champlain Orchards have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Vermont Department of Health.

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A vintage history of country fairs. Plus, takeaways from the debate for Vermont’s single House seat, census success, and a contract extension.

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­The two major party candidates for U.S. House outlined clear differences on health care, abortion, and immigration policy in a wide-ranging VPR-Vermont PBS debate Thursday.

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Lieutenant governor candidates Scott Milne and Molly Gray face off in a VPR/Vermont PBS debate. Plus, COVID-19 numbers are still low in Vermont, forensic technology could open a cold case, and some wildlife for your Wednesday.

Molly Gray and Scott Milne over Zoom
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Tuesday, in a debate presented on radio and TV by VPR and Vermont PBS, lieutenant governor candidates Molly Gray and Scott Milne clashed over the role of government, how they’re raising money, and who they’re voting for (other than themselves, presumably). Neither candidate has held statewide office — or any elected office for that matter — and the candidates’ strategies seemed aimed more at point-scoring than illuminating their specific policy priorities.

Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman and Gov. Phil Scott during the 2020 gubernatorial debate
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The VPR-Vermont PBS 2020 Gubernatorial Debate, held on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, was hosted by Jane Lindholm, and included major party candidates Republican incumbent Gov. Phil Scott and Democratic and Progressive Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman. Listen to or watch the full debate here.

On Thursday, Vermont’s two major party candidates for governor met in their first debate on VPR and Vermont PBS.

Staff screens student at Milton Elementary for a fever
Abagael Giles / VPR

Tuesday marked the first day of school for more than 73,000 kids in Vermont, who were sent home last March due to COVID-19. Along with the usual excitement, the day also marked a milestone in the state’s handling of the pandemic.

Two recording engineers on stools at Tank Recording Studio
Ming Poon

People all across Vermont have had to be creative when it comes to getting work done while also social distancing during the pandemic. Musicians and recording studios are no exception. Vermont Edition spoke with recording studio engineers and owners from around the state about how they are producing music safely and efficiently during COVID-19.

Protesters block a car on Burlington's Pearl Street, fists raised
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Burlington's Acting Police Chief Jon Murad says he can't fulfill protestors' demands to fire three officers.

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Parental concern over how difficult subjects are broached in the classroom. Plus, race and traffic stop data from a new UVM study, COVID-19 numbers, and DMV offices reopening.

A blue and white envelope containing a vote by mail ballot.
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Vermont's primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 11. But this is an unusual year. Because of the pandemic, the Secretary of State's office has been encouraging people to request absentee ballots. Vermonters can vote as early as 45 days before the election, so some ballots went out in June.

Prison door
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At least 85 Vermont inmates housed in a private prison in Mississippi have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement released by the Department of Corrections on Sunday. But many more could be infected, as the facility awaits as many as half of its expected test results.