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.

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

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VPR's listener-supported funding model gives us the capacity to create our news and programming, drive our growth and secure our future. More than half of our annual funding comes from individual listeners, with approximately 28,000 members individual donations in any amount. Join our community of supporters now

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:

VPR Classical will increase hours of locally-hosted music from 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. on weekdays, and Saturday evenings on VPR News will add a mix of new, local and Latin Alternative music to favorites like My Place and American Routes.
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Vermont Public Radio is making changes to its schedules, broadening its music lineup with more local programming and new shows.

As Vermont students move through major milestones of graduating from elementary, middle, and high schools, Vermont Public Radio will honor and celebrate that achievement with a statewide graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 27 at noon.
Abagael Giles / VPR

As Vermont students move through major milestones of graduating from elementary, middle, and high schools, Vermont Public Radio will honor and celebrate that achievement with a statewide graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 27 at noon. 

Friday Night Jazz Host Ray Vega will host a special week of evening jazz programs on VPR June 8-12, as part of the Burlington ReDiscover Jazz Festival.
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Friday Night Jazz Host Ray Vega will host a special week of evening jazz programs on VPR June 8-12, as part of the Burlington ReDiscover Jazz Festival.

Myla Jacobs, Phinnize Brown and Yasmine Nsame at a protest in Burlington on Saturday, May 30, 2020.
Elodie Reed / VPR

The news cycle continues to expose how America contends with racism: racial disparity in COVID-19 infections and deaths, the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the protests, the president’s tweets, the weaponization of white womanhood.

Listen to VPR on Monday, June 1, 2020 from 8-10 p.m. for a national conversation about racism, violence and our future together.

VPR staffers in their age-of-coronavirus work setups. Left to right and top to bottom: Henry Epp, Anna Van Dine, John Dillon, Jane Lindholm, Peter Engisch, Angela Evancie (under a blanket), Jake Rusnock.
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At VPR, your access to accurate information is our priority - especially right now. We’ve shortened our spring on-air fundraiser to just one day to bring you more of the news you’re counting on. 

Vermont Public Radio has won five 2020 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for its journalism in 2019, the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) announced today. The winning entries included two episodes of VPR’s people-powered journalism project Brave Little State, as well as collaborations with Vermont PBS and Seven Days.

'But Why', a podcast hosted by Jane Lindholm and produced by Melody Bodette, will broadcast a live, interactive educational program for elementary school students on Fridays at 1 p.m. May 8-June 19.
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But Why, VPR’s podcast for curious kids, will broadcast live, interactive educational programs for elementary school students on Fridays at 1 p.m. May 8 through June 19.

Anna Van Dine has joined Vermont Public Radio as a Report For America journalist. She is covering the deeper issues revealed by the coronavirus pandemic, as well as producing and co-hosting VPR's daily news podcast, 'The Frequency.'
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Anna Van Dine has joined Vermont Public Radio as a Report For America journalist, the station has announced. Van Dine is covering the deeper issues revealed by the coronavirus pandemic, and helping produce and co-host VPR’s daily news podcast, ‘The Frequency.

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