Michelle Owens

Director of Marketing & Engagement

Michelle is VPR's 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

Vermont Public Radio and Vermont PBS have hired Fran Tobin as Vice President of People & Culture.
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Vermont Public Radio and Vermont PBS have announced the appointment of Fran Tobin as Vice President of People & Culture. 

Podcast producer Josh Crane and musician Myra Flynn, VPR's new engagement producers.
Josh Crane and Myra Flynn, Courtesy

Podcast producer Josh Crane and musician Myra Flynn will join VPR’s newsroom as engagement producers later this month, the station has announced.

Vermont Public Radio has hired Marlon Hyde as its first News Fellow, the station has announced.
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Vermont Public Radio has hired Marlon Hyde as its first News Fellow, the station has announced.

More than half of VPR's annual funding comes from individual members.
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Listener contributions are the most powerful part of VPR’s funding base. Everything you hear on VPR is produced with the generous support of listeners. With so much essential reporting ahead, your strong support for VPR means we’ll be ready to respond to the great unknowns ahead.

Vermont Public Radio has hired journalists Connor Cyrus and Mikaela Lefrak as the new co-hosts and senior producers of Vermont Edition.
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Vermont Public Radio has hired journalists Connor Cyrus and Mikaela Lefrak as the new co-hosts and senior producers of Vermont Edition, the station has announced. 

A student in the Good Citizen Challenge team Pierce's Peeps listens to an episode of 'But Why.'
Melissa Pierce

Vermont Public Radio is partnering with Seven Days and Kids VT to provide content for the Good Citizen At-Home Challenge.

This week, VPR and Vermont PBS received the regulatory approvals needed to proceed with the intended merger announced in September.
Scot MacMillen / Vermont PBS

This week, VPR and Vermont PBS received the regulatory approvals needed to proceed with the intended merger announced in September. The FCC has granted permission for the license transfer, and the IRS has granted tax-exempt status, clearing the way for the new organization to launch in July 2021.

Every gift to VPR through December 1 will be matched with 25 meals to the Vermont Foodbank, thanks to the Vermont Community Foundation.
Illustration: Lara Dickson / Photo courtesy Vermont Foodbank

For the sixth consecutive year, Vermont Public Radio and the Vermont Foodbank are teaming up on Giving Tuesday to provide meals to Vermonters in need, while ensuring access to critical news and information. For every gift to VPR through Tuesday, December 1, 2020, the Vermont Community Foundation will donate 25 meals to the Vermont Foodbank

Portrait of Moira Smiley
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This fall and winter, listen for special guests hosts on All The Traditions while Robert Resnik takes some time off from producing VPR’s weekly folk and world music program. 

Vermont Edition Host Jane Lindholm
Daria Bishop / For VPR

After nearly 14 years as host of Vermont Edition, Jane Lindholm will move into a new role at VPR in February, expanding But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids, as well as producing special news projects for the station.

Vermont Public Radio and Seven Days have won a 2020 National Edward R. Murrow award for their 2019 series 'Worse For Care,' a joint investigation into Vermont's assisted living and residential care homes for the elderly.
Seven Days

Vermont Public Radio and Seven Days have won a 2020 National Edward R. Murrow Award for their 2019 series “Worse For Care,” a joint investigation into Vermont’s assisted living and residential care homes for the elderly. The award for Investigative Reporting in the Small Market Radio Division was presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association on October 10.

Vermont Public Radio has launched the Diverse Voices Initiative, a comprehensive approach to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion efforts both internally and in delivering greater public service to audiences everywhere.
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Vermont Public Radio has launched the Diverse Voices Initiative, a comprehensive approach to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion efforts both internally and in delivering greater public service to audiences everywhere. 

VPR has added 1A, hosted by Jenn White, to its weekday schedule.
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Vermont Public Radio will air the program 1A on weekdays at 11 a.m. beginning October 5, as On Point transitions to a one-hour program.

VPR and Vermont PBS are collaborating on a series of debates ahead of the 2020 general election.
Kyle Blair / Vermont PBS

Vermont Public Radio and Vermont PBS have announced the 2020 VPR–Vermont PBS Debates, a series of pre-recorded debates among candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor and U.S. House of Representatives. The debates will be moderated by Bob Kinzel and Jane Lindholm during VPR’s program Vermont Edition and broadcast by Vermont PBS.

Results from the third of three statewide public opinion surveys will be released on Tuesday, September 22.
Kyle Blair / Vermont PBS

How are Vermonters feeling about the upcoming national and local elections, the state’s handling of the coronavirus, and the reopening of schools and universities this fall? Next week, VPR and Vermont PBS will release the results of the third of three statewide public opinion surveys, providing valuable insight into the minds of Vermonters in the 2020 presidential election year.

A second season of Vermont Public Radio's "Safe & Sound" Vermont music series premieres this Saturday, September 12 at 6 p.m.
Anna Ste. Marie / VPR

A second season of Vermont Public Radio’s “Safe & Sound” Vermont music series premieres this Saturday, September 12 at 6 p.m.

On July 16, 2020, VPR learned of a data security incident by Blackbaud, the engagement and fundraising software service provider we use for our membership program. The incident affected nonprofits and higher education institutions around the world, including several in Vermont.

A logo reading VPR and Vermont PBS debates.
Kyle Blair / Vermont PBS

Vermont Public Radio and Vermont PBS today announced the 2020 VPR–Vermont PBS Debates, a series of pre-recorded primary candidate debates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor leading up to Vermont’s primary election on August 11.

A cow stands in a foggy, grassy field.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Accurate, timely information is more essential than ever. In order to fulfill our responsibility to you as a trusted news source and strengthen other ways of building community, we will discontinue comments on VPR.org on July 8.

Vermont Public Radio has won four national awards for its news coverage in 2019 from the Public Media Journalists Association (formerly Public Radio News Directors Incorporated). The winning pieces included an episode of VPR’s people-powered journalism project Brave Little State,  and This Land, VPR’s collaboration with Vermont PBS about the changing story of rural Vermont:

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