Sam Gale Rosen

Morning News Editor

Sam Gale Rosen is morning news editor for VPR. He joined the station in 2015 after working for six years at WBUR Boston as a producer for On Point.

Sam studied history and literature at Harvard University and was born and raised in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

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Pornpak Khunatorn / iStock

End-of-life discussions are never easy, but they are essential, especially now, when the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing some people to make difficult decisions about loved ones who may have been stricken by the disease. An advance directive can ease that burden, but not a lot of people take advantage of the opportunity.

VPR Newscast for 9/15/2020 at 10:04 a.m.

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Students are returning to school this week across Vermont, mostly using hybrid models that combine remote and in-person instruction.

An empty hallway at Milton Elementary School
Abagael Giles / VPR

Across Vermont, students are returning to classrooms this week, though teachers and staff have been preparing for some time now. It's going to be an unusual year for everyone.

Vials lying on a tablfied most often in a report that examined a year's worth of deadly overdoses in Vermont.e.
Rick Bowmer / Associated Press

In 2017, 109 people in Vermont died of overdoses. A new report from the Health Department provides a deeper dive into demographics, what drugs were involved, where people who overdose died and former interactions with various state agencies, from the state police to emergency medical services.

David Zuckerman speaks at a podium in hinesburg
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

Last night Lieutenant Gov. David Zuckerman won the Democratic primary for governor, defeating three other candidates for the nomination. In the General Election in November, he’ll be facing sitting Gov. Phil Scott, who won the GOP nomination yesterday.

Vermont author Stephen Kiernan
Beowulf Sheehan, courtesy

How do you define love during a global crisis? Well, maybe it's how Vermont author Stephen Kiernan's character Brenda talks about the early days of her romance with her eventual husband, Charlie, in the midst of the Second World War. She says, “Those afternoons in 1943 felt like living in a snow globe. The world's brutality made our haven of innocence all the sweeter.”

Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility
Rogelio V. Solis / Associated Press File

Updated 11:30 a.m. 8/7/2020

Some 146 of Vermont's inmates held in Mississippi — 69% of those tested — have COVID-19.

Interim Commissioner of Corrections Jim Baker told reporters Wednesday he had not previously asked CoreCivic, the company Vermont contracts to incarcerate 219 inmates, to test Vermont’s inmates or its staff for COVID-19.

A man in a blue shirt
Screenshot / 2020 VPR/Vermont PBS Debates

Dwayne Tucker is one of five candidates seeking the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor. He is a contractor and civil engineer. He’s also running for a Washington County state Senate seat.

Meg Hansen is one of five candidates seeking the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.
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Meg Hansen is one of the five candidates seeking the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor. She is the former executive director of the health care think tank “Vermonters for Health Care Freedom.”

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Screenshot, 2020 VPR/Vermont PBS Debates

Jim Hogue is one of the five candidates seeking the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor. He’s an actor who runs a small farm and writes for the Vermont Independent.

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One of the four candiates for the democratic nomination for lieutenant governor is Brenda Siegel. She is founder and director of the Southern Vermont Dance Festival, the chair of the Newfane Democratic Committee and a delegate to the Windham County Democratic Committee. She ran for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018 and was defeated by Christine Hallquist.

Debbie Ingram is seeking the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.
courtest Debbie Ingram campaign

Debbie Ingram is a state senator representing Chittenden County, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, and the executive director of Vermont Interfaith Action. She is among four candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.

Scott Milne is seeking the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.
Scott Milne Campaign, courtesy

Scott Milne is president of Milne Travel. He was the Republican nominee for the U.S. senate in 2016 and the Republican nominee for governor in 2014. He is among five candidates seeking the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.

Dr. Benjamin Lee
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As schools around the country struggle with whether and how to open for in-person learning in the fall, two pediatric infectious disease specialists at the UVM Medical Center have written a commentary on the issue in the medical journal Pediatrics.

Picture of Dana Colson Jr.
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Dana Colson Jr. is the owner of a welding supplies company in Tunbridge. He is among five candidates seeking the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.

A woman stands outside in front of the Statehouse in Montpelier.
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Molly Gray is a Vermont assistant attorney general and also teaches at Vermont Law School. She is among four candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.

Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe sits below two paintings hanging on a wall
Elodie Reed / VPR File

Tim Ashe is a Democratic Progressive state senator representing Chittenden County as well as the president pro tempore of the Vermont Senate, and he is among four candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.

VPR Newscast for 7/1/2020 at 6:04 a.m.

Aircraft with multiple rotors on a tarmac
courtesy Beta Technologies

Earlier this month, many onlookers in the Burlington area saw something unusual in the sky: a large transport helicopter flying overhead with a smaller craft dangling below it like a marionette. It turns out the smaller aircraft was an experimental prototype being transported from Burlington International Airport, across Lake Champlain to Plattsburgh.

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