Michelle Owens

Director of Marketing & Engagement

Michelle manages VPR's strategic and day-to-day marketing and communications. A graduate of Boston University's College of Communications, Michelle moved to Vermont on a whim and joined VPR in 2002. Prior to that, she was a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Michelle is a founding member of the Green Mountain Derby Dames, Vermont's first roller derby league, and competed for six seasons under the public radio-esque pseudonym Susan Slamberg.  She loves anything to do with the outdoors, traveling, and cooking. She lives in Burlington with her husband and dog.

Ways to Connect

This fall, VPR and Vermont PBS are collaborating to present This Land: The Changing Story of Rural Vermont. The project explores the realities and rewards of living in rural Vermont through a statewide poll, news and analysis, a storytelling event and oth
Illustration: Kyle Blair / Vermont PBS

Our state's rural communities are critical to its identity, but will the next generation of Vermonters be able to live, work and thrive here? 

This fall, VPR and Vermont PBS are collaborating to present This Land: The Changing Story of Rural Vermont. The project explores the realities and rewards of living in rural Vermont through a statewide poll, news and analysis, a storytelling event and other special programming.

You can be here for VPR and help meet our goal of $250,000 with a gift now.
Lara Dickson / For VPR

The news never takes time off, and VPR doesn’t either. Because VPR is here for you every day, we’re asking you to be here for news, music, community and so much more by supporting VPR during our September 2019 membership drive

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

Tanzina Vega (left) is the new host of WNYC's 'The Takeaway'. Shankar Vedantam hosts NPR's 'Hidden Brain'. Both programs will join VPR's lineup starting the week of August 12, 2019.
Matthew Septimus for WNYC/Courtesy of NPR

Vermont Public Radio will make changes to its program schedule beginning the week of August 12, adding popular programs The Takeaway and Hidden Brain, as well as a rebroadcast of Fresh Air

Janelle Sing / For VPR

Colchester, Vt., February 25, 2019 — Vermont Public Radio and Writers for Recovery have launched My Heart Still Beats, a six-part podcast featuring conversation about addiction and original writing from the recovery community around Vermont.

You listen to us, so we should make a special effort to listen to you. That was the idea behind VPR’s Tell Me More Tour, to travel the state with no agenda — just a determination to listen to whatever you have to say.

Helen Lyons will share music on VPR Classical weekday mornings from 7-10 a.m.
Daria Bishop / For VPR

Vermont Public Radio has named Helen Lyons as VPR Classical’s morning host. Lyons will share classical music with listeners weekday mornings from 7-10 a.m. beginning February 13.

VPR.net is changing to VPR.org
Michelle Owens / VPR

Vermont Public Radio’s website and digital products changed from VPR.net to VPR.org. While you’ll notice this change when you hear our website referenced on the air, all of the online services will redirect automatically and the change should be a seamless experience.

Journalist Mark Davis will join VPR as Assistant News Director in January 2018.
Matthew Thorsen / Seven Days

Vermont Public Radio has announced that journalist Mark Davis will join VPR as Assistant News Director early next month.

This Giving Tuesday, every gift to VPR will also feed a Vermont family via the Vermont Foodbank.
Illustration by Lara Dickson/Photo courtesy Vermont Foodbank

Update 11/30/18: What an incredible campaign! Our collaboration with the Vermont Foodbank will provide 22,404 meals to 1,867 families who need a leg up. We are grateful for your support for VPR and your community. Thank you so much!

Vermont Public Radio has named Kari Anderson. left, as its new Director of Programming, and RaMona Sheppard, right, as its new Director of Human and Financial Resources.
From left: Daria Bishop / For VPR ; Courtesy RaMona Sheppard

Vermont Public Radio has named Kari Anderson as its new Director of Programming, and RaMona Sheppard as its new Director of Human and Financial Resources.

VPR's Tell Me More Tour criss-crossed the state from June-October 2018.
Illustration by Lara Dickson / Deep Dish Creative

Update 2/22/19: We've published a summary of our tour and what we learned here. If you didn't get to attend an event in person, you are always welcome to reach out with your ideas. Please contact us anytime here

VPR and Vermont PBS are teaming up to air four live debates in October. The debates will include candidates for lieutenant governor, U.S. House, governor and U.S. Senate.
Kyle Blair / Vermont PBS

Vermont Public Radio and Vermont PBS have announced the VPR – Vermont PBS Debates, a new collaboration to broadcast four live candidate debates leading up to the General Election on November 6. The debates will be moderated by Bob Kinzel, Peter Hirschfeld and Jane Lindholm during VPR’s program Vermont Edition and broadcast by Vermont PBS.

'JOLTED' is VPR's five-part podcast about a school shooting that didn't happen, and the surprising things that did.
Aaron Shrewsbury For VPR

Vermont Public Radio has launched JOLTED, a five-part podcast about a school shooting that didn’t happen, the line between thought and crime, and a Republican governor in a rural state who changed his mind about gun laws.

An updated Morning Edition clock will eliminate one newscast each hour, making room for a wider variety of in-depth news segments.
Daria Bishop / For VPR

Beginning Monday, August 13, you will notice some changes during Morning Edition as NPR implements changes to its program clock.

Henry Epp filming the VPR News Minute with Vermont PBS on June 15.
Brian Stevenson / Vermont PBS

Vermont Public Radio and Vermont PBS have announced a new partnership bringing the TV station’s viewers a 60-second roundup of VPR’s top stories every week.

VPR won two national Edward R. Murrow Awards for its news coverage in 2017.
VPR

Vermont Public Radio has won national Edward R. Murrow Awards for a Brave Little State podcast exploring the history of Vermont’s whiteness and a VPR News story about immigrants seeking asylum in Canada.

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.
VPR

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.

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!

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