Bayla Metzger

News Producer, Morning Edition

Bayla joined VPR in 2018 as the producer for Morning Edition.

She came to VPR by way of West Texas, where she was a reporter and producer at Marfa Public Radio covering a wide range of beats, including energy, rural issues and the arts. A story she produced about mutton busting – the rodeo event where children ride sheep – was awarded a 2018 regional Edward R. Murrow Award. Journalism is Bayla’s second career, following more than a decade telling branded stories through print and film. She studied audio documentary at Transom Story Workshop.

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Can the Holocaust be funny? That's the premise of The Last Laugh, a documentary film that features Holocaust survivors, as well as Jewish comedians, trying to answer that question. It's being screened this weekend at the University of Vermont, followed by a panel discussion with some of the filmmakers.

Connor Gage on Mount Mansfield in September 2018.
Ronnie Gage, courtesy

The mother of a University of Vermont student who died of hypothermia earlier this month wants to make sure other parents don't have to go through the same grieving experience. Dorothy Connor has created the "Connor Gage Never Walk Alone Fund" in her son's memory.

A reading lamp pointed during a made bed in a darkened room at a nighttime.
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What do you do when you can't fall asleep? Some people meditate, others count sheep — and some pop in their headphones and listen to Sleepy, a podcast made by audio producer and Vermonter Otis Gray.

Barney Crosier, a legend in the Vermont newspaper world, died last month at the age of 96. His friend and former colleague Susan Smallheer talked to VPR about Crosier's life and legacy.

People stand on frozen Lake Champlain.
Bayla Metzger / VPR

More than 500 people walked onto frozen Lake Champlain in North Hero for the Ice Fishing Festival on Saturday. During the annual event, held by Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, residents are allowed to fish without a license.

Author Emily Bernard with her book.
Bayla Metzger / VPR

Emily Bernard has stories to tell. Some are hers and some were passed down by family members, but all of them connect in a deeply personal way to her sense of being as a black woman in America. The essays are collected in a new book called "Black Is the Body: Stories From My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine."

Firewood stacked in a shed.
Emily Corwin / VPR

“What are the environmental and economic benefits of wood heat in Vermont? And then what are the costs to that?” That question comes to Brave Little State from Coco Moseley of Lincoln, who – like many Vermonters – heats her family’s home with an antique wood stove.

A black and white photograph of a woman laying on a bed in a Maine cabin.
Donna Gottschalk

Donna Gottschalk, who now lives on a farm in Victory, documented the LGBTQ scene in New York and San Francisco in the 1960s and '70s. Her photos — some of which have never been displayed publicly — are featured in a solo exhibition called “Brave, Beautiful Outlaws” at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City.

Closeup of crowd in winter gear gathered in front of the Statehouse in Montpelier for the 2019 Women's March rally.
Bayla Metzger / VPR

A large crowd gathered on the lawn in front of the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier on Saturday for a Women’s March rally. The event was held in solidarity with marches around the country, in cities including Washington, D.C., New York and San Francisco.

Burlington Free Press executive editor Emilie Stigliani holds up a phone displaying a Burlington Free Press news story.
Bayla Metzger / VPR

The Burlington Free Press has a new leader. Emilie Stigliani has been named executive editor after a nearly six-year stint at the news organization, serving most recently as its digital director.

The tops of a couple buildings in Ludlow, with views of Okemo trails on a mountain in the distance against a gray-blue sky.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR File

Last week, Will Novak — who lives in Phoenix, Arizona — got an email that was not meant for him, inviting him to a bachelor party here in Vermont for someone he'd never met. His reply? “Count me in!”

Two hands grip a steering wheel.
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Getting a speeding ticket is not an uncommon experience. But for a growing number of Vermonters, that ticket can snowball to the loss of a driver's license, which can then mean loss of employment and eviction from their home.

Patrick Lovett has been reporting on license suspensions in Vermont for the Caledonian-Record.

Niagara Falls thawing after a polar vortex.
Nick LoVerde / Associated Press File

If you're a Game of Thrones fan — and even if you're not — you've probably heard this ominous line: "Winter is coming." Well a recent Axios article says a polar vortex is not only coming, it’s actually splitting into three pieces. We spoke with Eye on the Sky meteorologist Mark Breen about the phenomenon.

Mikahely performs on stage at Radio Bean in Burlington.
Bayla Metzger / VPR

Mikahely, a well-known musician from Madagascar, recently made his home in Vermont. And while he’s settling in to a new country, he’s also acclimating to smaller stages.

Mitch Wertlieb / VPR

There’s sometimes this perception that if you want to see great music in Vermont, you’ve got to head to Burlington. It's a myth a band from the Northeast Kingdom is trying to dispel.

“What does it take to start and run a successful small business in Vermont?” That’s the question that VPR podcast Brave Little State answers in its December 2018 episode.

Host Angela Evancie talks to VPR's Mitch Wertlieb about how the people-powered podcast model works, plus we play an excerpt from the episode to learn about what sparked the curiosity for this month's question-asker and hear advice from small-business owners in Vermont.

Maple syrup in glass leaf-shaped bottles.
Toby Talbot / Associated Press File

Today is National Maple Syrup Day. When most of us think about maple syrup, we might think of pancakes or perhaps put it in our coffee. But some maple syrup producers are trying to push it beyond the breakfast food category. 

A view from near the back window of a car looking at oncoming traffic and moving toward going under a bridge.
Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press File

There's been a lot of hype over the years about the future of autonomous vehicles – though mostly in cities, like San Francisco. But Joe Segale, the Vermont Agency of Transportation's director of policy, planning and research, would like to see self-driving cars being tested on Vermont roads.

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A Chinese scientist set off a firestorm recently when he claimed he'd created the world's first gene-edited babies. He Jiankui says he altered the genes of twin girls while they were embryos, to protect them from the HIV virus. Dr. Leah Burke, a pediatric geneticist and professor at the University of Vermont, said she was appalled by the news.

Male sage grouse, pictured in Colorado in April 2014, in a snowy field.
David Zalubowski / Associated Press File

The Trump administration announced plans last week to open millions of acres of land to drilling and mining by removing protections for the sage grouse, an imperiled ground-nesting bird that resides in the American West.