Michelle Owens

Manager of Marketing and Communications

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

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.

Because you believe in the power of independent, non-profit public media, donate now and join the movement during our December membership drive.
Illustration by Lara Dickson/Photo by Herb Swanson

Update: More than 5,000 listeners came together to help VPR exceed our December 2018 membership drive goal on Friday morning, December 14 - earlier than planned! We are amazed and humbled by your generosity and passion for VPR. Thank you!

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.

On Sept. 13, VPR’s Tell Me More Tour visited Orange County, hosting a public event at the Chandler Center For The Arts in Randolph.
Illustration by Lara Dickson / Deep Dish Creative

Update 10/31/18: Thank you! We had such a great road trip across Vermont this summer and fall, visiting all 14 counties, meeting and talking with Vermonters about what's important to them and how VPR can serve our community better. Check back soon for a report out on what we've learned and our plans for the future. 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!

Scott Finn will join VPR as president & CEO on May 7, 2018.
WVPB

The Vermont Public Radio Board of Directors has appointed Scott Finn as its new President and CEO.

VPR will continue to carry On Point, which will continue to be produced by guest hosts including Jane Clayson, Tom Gjelten and Ray Suarez.
On Point Radio

Tom Ashbrook, host of On Point, has been dismissed from WBUR, Boston University announced Wednesday.

Ashbrook was placed on leave in December 2017 after 11 current and former station employees filed complaints of sexual misconduct and bullying. Boston University launched two independent investigations, which found that Ashbrook's conduct "created an abusive work environment" but determined it "was not sexual in nature."

Award-winning public radio journalist Sarah Ashworth will return to Vermont Public Radio in March as director of news.
Chris Saunders / NHPR

Award-winning  public radio journalist Sarah Ashworth will return to Vermont Public Radio in March as director of news. She will lead the station’s 15-person news team.

Ashworth brings a variety of experiences to VPR, which has  significantly increased its public service journalism over the last 17 years as a result of audience demand.  She will lead VPR’s initiatives in broadcast and digital news gathering as the organization develops new ways to provide news, enterprise and investigative reporting while engaging the community in the process.

Update 1/4/18: Randy Brock has resigned from the VPR Board of Directors audit committee following his appointment to the Vermont Senate in December.

Original post: Vermont Public Radio has elected two new members to its Board of Directors to serve three-year terms:

John Dillon will become VPR's senior reporter for the New England News Collaborative in January 2018.
Vermont Public Radio

News Director and longtime VPR News reporter John Dillon will take on a new role as Senior Reporter for the New England News Collaborative beginning in January, VPR announced today. 

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