Lynne McCrea

Special Projects Reporter/Producer

Lynne is a producer/reporter for special VPR News projects. Lynne joined VPR in 2002. A veteran broadcast producer, she spent 12 years as field producer at ABC affiliate WCVB in Boston, where she did reporting and writing for the award-winning Chronicle newsmagazine. Since coming to Vermont in 1995, Lynne has produced and written television documentary and magazine programs as well as a variety of new media projects.

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The 272-mile Long Trail follows Green Mountain ridgelines from one end of Vermont to another. So what’s it like to hike the whole thing?

An open water view of the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge.
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Situated on Lake Champlain in northwestern Vermont, the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge is recognized internationally for its biological diversity and high-quality wetlands.

VPR Newscast for 4/24/2018 at 6:30 a.m.

Lauretta Sheridan with her doctor in August 2017. Sheridan reached out two years ago to share her experience recovering opioid addiction. Over the course of the last two years, we've kept in touch as she recovers.
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So often when discussing addiction, people wonder why addicts can't just stop using. Recover.

And so to better understand what it really takes to kick addiction, we followed one woman's multi-year journey.

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There’s a joke about the employment scene in Vermont: “What do you call a Vermonter with two jobs? Lazy.”

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The exotic spice saffron is garnering more and more attention among farmers and growers in Vermont and across New England.

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Saffron. The golden, flavorful spice has been used to season foods for thousands of years, often in rice and chicken dishes, and is largely grown in the Middle East. So what's it doing growing in Vermont?

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Doctors in Vermont and across the country are being introduced to a new tool for treating opioid addiction. It’s an implant: four tiny plastic rods, inserted into a patient’s arm, deliver a steady dose of buprenorphine. 

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Opiate addiction and how best to treat it continues to be a focus in Vermont. And that includes the question of where to provide medication-assisted treatment.

Often, people are seen in one of Vermont’s five main treatment centers, or "hubs." But lately, physicians are being encouraged to see such patients in their own local practices.

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The challenge faced by people struggling with addiction has been exacerbated by lengthy waitlists for treatment. The backlog is now starting to shrink. And the positive trend is thanks in part to local doctors making a special effort to do more.

Jane Sanders, wife of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, has hired lawyers as an investigation continues into her role in a land deal when she was president of Burlington College.
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The imminent closure of Burlington College next week is getting national attention thanks to the school’s former president and the presidential campaign.

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When it comes to opiate addiction, treatment that leads to recovery rarely involves a quick fix. For many, overcoming addiction is a life change.

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It's now the 10th day of the search for David Sweat and Richard Matt, the two convicted killers who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York after cutting their way through a steel wall and crawling through a steam pipe.

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On Monday, Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin announced he will not be seeking a fourth term in office. Shumlin still has about a year and half left in his current term, and he says he made his announcement now because he wants to spend the rest of his time in office focusing on his agenda.

Eric Davis, Middlebury College professor emeritus of political science, helps us read the tea leaves.

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A deal on a tax bill Saturday afternoon finally ended a long – some would say, strange – legislative session in Montpelier. It started with lawmakers electing a governor, and wound up with a different set of accomplishments than what many observers might have predicted.

Gov. Peter Shumlin joined VPR to debrief the session.

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It’s been a long, busy legislative session in Montpelier, and it’s not over yet. A few months ago, we tagged along with two freshmen state lawmakers — elected just last fall — on one of their first commutes to the Capitol. Recently, we talked to them over lunch about how they’ve been working to change Montpelier — and how it's changing them.

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The release of a high-risk sex offender from prison last week is again raising questions about state sex offender laws. 

Vermont had 14 homicides last year. It fell to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at the Vermont State Police to handle the bulk of those cases. That is, until now. The state police has announced the formation of a new Major Crimes Unit. 

Tuesday night was a pretty good one for Rutland Mayor Chris Louras. The incumbent fended off two challengers in yesterday’s election to win himself a fifth term in office. On Wednesday, Mayor Louras discussed his plans for his next two years in office.

There are three candidates running for mayor in Rutland: Christopher Louras, the incumbent mayor who is seeking his fifth term, David Allaire, president of the city's Board of Aldermen and Kam Johnston, a candidate running not only for mayor in March, but also a seat on the Board of Aldermen and for city assessor.