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

Thanks to amazing support from our community, we have raised more than $9.9 million towards our $10 million goal for the VPR Next Capital Campaign.

Vermont Gives

VPR is a proud partner in Vermont Gives, a statewide 24­-hour challenge to celebrate and support the local nonprofits that are essential to our quality of life here in Vermont. Vermont Gives Day is Wednesday, June 7 at 6 p.m. through Thursday, June 8 at 6 p.m.

Protect My Public Media

On May 23, 2017, the Trump Administration sent a full budget proposal to Congress for fiscal year 2018. Like the “skinny budget” blueprint released earlier this spring, it proposes elimination of federal funding for public media. Visit protectmypublicmedia.org to contact Congress, tweet your support and recruit your friends and neighbors to become advocates for public media.

VPR 107.9 in Burlington and VPR Classical 106.9 in Woodstock will be off the air for maintenance at various times this month. You can listen online here at VPR.net or via your stream player of choice.

VPR's Annual Report for 2017
Photo: Daria Bishop / Illustration: Lara Dickson

We recently published our 2017 Annual Report, which includes financial information, photos and a look at VPR's impact in the community, thanks to the help of loyal members and listeners like you.  

You can explore the report here. Thanks so much for listening to and supporting VPR, and please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Photo: Angela Evancie/VPR / Illustration: Anna Ste. Marie/VPR

This event has been postponed. The legislature is late in adjourning so we're delaying News & Brews until May 24th, 6:00 at Stowe Cider. Sorry for the inconvenience! Please let us know if you are no longer able to attend. We hope to see you there.

Update 5/12/17: This event is now full. If you'd like to be added to the waiting list, email Ty Robertson at trobertson@vpr.net.

VPR

Brian Donahue, VPR’s Chief Financial Officer/Vice President for Finance and Administration, will leave the station in June to become Chief Operating Officer of the new Essex Westford School District.

NEPR

Broadcast journalist Henry Epp will join Vermont Public Radio this month as the local host and reporter for the afternoon NPR news program All Things Considered.

Henry comes to VPR from New England Public Radio (WFCR) in western Massachusetts, where he was the local host of Morning Edition. He got his start in radio as an intern at WFCR in 2011, later becoming a reporter and frequent substitute host of All Things Considered.

Photo: Courtesy Apartment 3 / Illustration: Anna Ste. Marie/VPR

We're recording the next Live From The Fort show and you’re invited to be part of the audience. Come hang out in VPR’s Studio One for a live performance by Burlington garage rock band Apartment 3 on Friday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Patti Daniels
VPR

Patti Daniels, executive producer of Vermont Edition, VPR's flagship public affairs program, will step down from her position in August.

Emily Alfin-Johnson / VPR

We're recording our next Live From The Fort concert and you’re invited to be part of the audience! Come hang out in VPR’s Studio One for a live performance by The NEKTones on Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m.

Vermont Edition, VPR’s daily public affairs program, has been honored with a 2017 Gracie Award® for a November show entitled “Ladies, Let’s Talk.”

American Public Media

After more than 20 years of exploring the world of food as host of The Splendid Table, Lynne Rossetto Kasper is retiring at the end of this year. Award-winning The New York Times Magazine columnist and Top Chef Masters judge, Francis Lam will become the new host of the program as of March 10.

VPR Classical Now Available In Stowe
Photo: blackred, iStock; Illustration: VPR

VPR Classical, Vermont’s 24-hour classical music network, is now available in Waterbury, Stowe, Morrisville and Hyde Park at 96.5 FM.

Looking up at the golden dome of the Vermont Statehouse on a cloudy day.
Angela Evancie / VPR File

On Wednesday, a new era begins in Vermont state government when the new Legislature convenes, and new leadership takes over in the House and Senate. Vermont Edition is broadcasting live from the Cedar Creek Room at the Statehouse for the opening day of the Legislature.

Alex Keefe, Annie Russell, Peter Biello

Alex Keefe, VPR’s local host of All Things Considered and co-host of the podcast Brave Little State, will be leaving VPR next month to return to his hometown of Chicago as senior editor for government & politics at public radio station WBEZ in Chicago, Illinois.

VPR Classical is throwing a holiday-themed sight-reading party on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Hotel Vermont in Burlington.

Bach & Brews is VPR Classical's chamber music open mic series: classical musicians and vocalists are invited to get together to play music together while having a few drinks (if you want!). The goal is to bring classical music to unexpected places, without all the formalities of a traditional concert.

UPDATED: 107.9 WVPS and 90.9 WOXR were temporarily off the air on Friday, November 18, 2016. This also affected our translators at 99.5 and 94.7 in Montpelier. The outage began around 1 p.m. Reception has now been restored.

We want to extend a huge thanks to our 12,500 Sustaining Members - and offer you a chance to save money for VPR, see your support go further and enter for a chance to win an iPad Air!

Vermont Public Radio will broadcast six live candidate debates leading up to the General Election on November 8, moderated by Bob Kinzel, Peter Hirschfeld and Jane Lindholm.

Most of our live debates will air during Vermont Edition. The debate schedule is as follows:

Attorney General: Tuesday, Oct. 25, 12-1 p.m.

  • Deb Bucknam (R)
  • TJ Donovan (D)

State Treasurer: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 12-1 p.m.

Pages