Lydia Brown

Managing Producer

Lydia is managing producer for Vermont Edition. She joined the station in 2019 after working for 6 years at Connecticut Public Radio as a producer for Where We Live.

Lydia studied journalism and music at New York University.

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This week marks the second week of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. On this special 11 a.m. broadcast of Vermont Edition, we check in with Sen. Patrick Leahy who, on top of his senatorial duties, has taken to documenting the trial as an amateur photographer:

A sheep pokes its head through a green metal fence at the 2020 Vermont Farm Show.
Lydia Brown / VPR

What do new national trade deals mean for Vermont's dairy industry? Was last year's hemp harvest a boom or bust for Vermont growers? Vermont Edition broadcasts live from the Champlain Valley Expo Center and brings you the sounds and voices of the 2020 Vermont Farm Show

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Vermont health officials have declared a statewide outbreak of hepatitis A. The number of hepatitis B cases has also risen in the state.

We check in with State Epidemiologist Patsy Kelso for a closer look at what is happening.

An empty day care classroom.
Kids' Work Chicago Daycare / Creative Commons

This month, Vermont child care provider Loveworks announced it will close its centers in Montpelier, Williston, and Milton.

In a letter to families, President Lisa Zengilowski said these locations "have proven too difficult to make financially sustainable" and will close on Friday, March 13.

A man and his dog outside a camping tent.
Elodie Reed / VPR File

Vermont's annual Point-in-Time count takes place this week, surveying the state's homeless population over a 24-hour period between Wednesday, January 22 and Thursday, January 23. Last year's count reported a decline in homelessness in the state. But shelters remain in high demand. On this episode of Vermont Edition: a look at homelessness in Vermont. We talk trends and consider what's being done to make affordable housing a reality for more people.

A tall yellow sign reading "Dollar General" in front of a parking lot.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Vermont has a lot of Dollar Generals. Thirty-seven to be exact. And Danielle Drogalis of Swanton wanted to know why.

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks as fellow candidates (from left) Tom Steyer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar listen at Tuesday's primary debate.
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The Democratic presidential race is in high gear, with the Iowa caucuses less than three weeks away. Sen. Bernie Sanders has made "Medicare For All" a major issue and is seeing strong support in both Iowa and New Hampshire.

Vermont Edition hosts a roundtable of political analysts to take a close look at the Democratic race.

A school bus.
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In his State of the State address, Gov. Phil Scott outlined his 2020 legislative agenda, including a proposal to make K-12 after-school programming more accessible to Vermonters. On this Vermont Edition: universal after-school. We dive into the research, and consider what it would take to make Governor Scott's proposal a reality for Vermont.

A spilt image, one of the red chairs in the Vermont House chamber, the other of the green carpeted Senate chamber.
Elodie Reed / VPR

The hustle and bustle of opening day has settled, leaving a legislature ready to get down to business in this second half of Vermont's biennium. So what exactly are legislative leaders hoping to accomplish this time around? On Vermont Edition, we return with a second round of coverage live from the Statehouse. We talk with  House and Senate leadership, and we also hear from you.

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On Tuesday, Jan. 7, Vermont's legislature begins work on the second half of the biennium. But why do we have a biennium anyway? And how can civic-minded citizens keep up to date with what's happening in the State House?