Michelle Owens

Director of Marketing & Engagement

Michelle is Director of Marketing & Engagement and is part of the team that helps meet VPR's mission of public service by strengthening the visibility, awareness, engagement and value of Vermont Public Radio among existing and emerging audiences.

She joined VPR in 2002 as an administrative associate. Since then, Michelle has worked in many roles in development and marketing, including audience services and membership.

In her current role, Michelle leads the team that produces events and engagement initiatives. She also oversees station branding and communications, and develops marketing strategies and tactics aimed at meeting VPR’s strategic and development goals.

Michelle is originally from Connecticut and is a graduate of Boston University's College of Communications. She moved to Shoreham, Vermont on a whim in 2001 after a two-year stint as a reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer, expecting to stay for a year or two, tops. She now lives in Burlington with her family.

Ways to Connect

VPR's Report For America journalist will be based in the Northeast Kingdom, where listeners have asked for more local coverage. Here, Vice President of News Sarah Ashworth speaks with listeners in Saint Johnsbury as part of our Tell Me More Tour in 2018.
Herb Swanson / For VPR

Vermont Public Radio has been selected by Report For America to host a journalist next year to expand coverage of the Northeast Kingdom. 

Now more than ever, your support is essential.
Photo: Isaac Wasuck / Illustration: Lara Dickson

Now more than ever, our community needs access to trustworthy news and information. And now more than ever, VPR needs your investment to keep this essential service strong. Be one of 5,000 listeners to join us with a gift during our December membership drive and add your voice to civil dialogue in our community.

This Giving Tuesday, every gift to VPR will also provide 18 meals to Vermonters via the Vermont Foodbank.
Illustration by Lara Dickson / Photo courtesy Vermont Foodbank

December 3 is Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving that arose in response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. For the fifth year, VPR and the Vermont Foodbank are teaming up to provide healthy meals to families in need of food assistance while supporting VPR

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

Mary Engisch is local host of 'Weekend Edition' on VPR.
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If you listen to VPR on weekends, you might recognize Mary's voice. On Saturdays and Sundays from 6 a.m. - 2 p.m., she keeps you company with the latest news on Weekend Edition and your favorite weekend shows. She's been at VPR for eight years in all sorts of roles from producer to director to host. Here are some things you probably don’t know about her.

NPR's 'Weekend Edition' airs on VPR Saturday and Sunday mornings from 8-10 a.m.
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Mary Engisch is the new local host of NPR’s Weekend Edition, which airs on VPR Saturdays and Sundays from 8-10 a.m.

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Aaron Shrewsbury / For VPR

VPR's award-winning show Brave Little State is expanding in order to answer more audience questions about Vermont. 

Vermont Public Radio and Vermont PBS have released the full results of a joint statewide poll that explores Vermonters' assessment of life in rural Vermont today and prospects for the future.
Graphic: Kyle Blair / Vermont PBS

Colchester, Vt.—Vermont Public Radio and Vermont PBS have released the full results of a joint statewide poll that explores Vermonters’ assessment of life in rural Vermont today and prospects for the future.

Vermont Public Radio has elected four new members to its Board of Directors to serve three-year terms in FY2020.

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.

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.

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.

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