Annual Report 2015

Vermont Public Radio


VPR provides an essential and trusted independent voice for news, information, music and cultural exploration for the people of our region.

A Note From VPR’s President

Dear VPR Supporter,

I’m pleased to share with you a handful of the indelible and vitally important moments you made possible in 2015. Community support is the cornerstone of all that VPR is and does, and for this, we are so grateful – you have helped make VPR an indispensable resource for the people of our region.

In a media and technology landscape that is constantly changing, one thing you can count on is VPR’s commitment to public service. We are dedicated to helping you better understand your world, inspiring you to be an engaged citizen, and satisfying your curiosity. All of these things are rare in today’s world, but thanks to you, they flourish here at VPR.

Again, thank you for being part of our community! Please contact me anytime at 802-654-4312 or if you’d like to talk further about VPR, our programming, or our plans for the future.

All the best,


Robin Turnau
VPR President & CEO


Fiscal Year: October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2015. Click here to review VPR’s audited financial statements.

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VPR Revenue
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VPR Expenses

*The financial information presented here excludes depreciation, which estimates the reduction in the value of assets over time due to normal wear and tear.

Membership Growth


In FY15, 27,733 donors invested more than $4,621,212 in VPR’s public service.


Who We Serve

Weekly Listeners


(Source: Nielsen Audio Fall 2015 National Regional Database, Persons 12+ M-Su 6a-12m)

Monthly Visitors


Listeners Streaming Per Month


Broadcast Stations


People Who Can Tune To VPR Stations At Home

1.76 Million

Arts & Community Events Sponsored In 2015


What We Do

Weekly Local Newscasts


Weekly Hours Of Locally-Hosted Music


Annual Hours Of Public Affairs Programming


Locally-Produced Programs And Segments



In-Depth Reporting

You count on VPR to dig deep – beyond the headlines, through close examination of the issues that affect us as a state. The VPR News team continues to bring a vital depth of knowledge to the community and hold people in power to account.

VPR News’ Downstream series looked at water quality and pollution in Vermont. The series aired in 10 parts on VPR and featured an extensive digital project that dove deep into the Lake Champlain cleanup plan and revealing exactly what’s being proposed and what parts of the lake are most at risk.

We increased our investigative and enterprise reporting through a partnership with independent data journalist Hilary Niles. As Vermont faced an increasing budget gap in excess of $100 million, the first project looked at $1 billion in hidden tax breaks in “Vermont’s Shadow Budget.”

VPR doubled down on coverage of health and health care, the economy, the Vermont Legislature, and other public policy issues that impact our region.

Election Coverage

Becoming Bernie examined the rise and record of Vermont presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The program has aired on more than a dozen stations across the country and was featured at

With Governor Peter Shumlin’s announcement that he would not seek reelection, the gubernatorial race is wide open for 2016. As candidates have stepped forward to vie for the office, Vermont Edition has broadcast in-depth, one-on-one interviews with the candidates.

VPR broke the news last spring that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders would run for president. Since then, VPR News has covered Sen. Sanders’ run for president extensively.

Music Discovery

Whether it’s classical, jazz, folk, or contemporary, you can count on VPR to bring you incredible music. We are devoted to supporting the local music community through live performances, interviews, and concert promotion.

Live From The Fort, VPR’s online video concert series, has featured 17 Vermont-based bands including Swale, The Grift, and Rough Francis, all recorded at our Fort Ethan Allen studios in Colchester. The series provides an opportunity to discover and explore the rich and diverse contemporary music scene here in Vermont.

Timeline is a new podcast and program on VPR Classical that offers an exploration into the development of Western music.

VPR Classical welcomed James Stewart this year as its weekday afternoon host. James has deep experience with classical music and recently received his doctorate of musical arts from The Hartt School of Music. You can hear his program from 4-7 p.m. on weekdays, and on Saturdays from 8-10 a.m.

VPR Anytime, Anywhere

56% of users access and its streams on a mobile device. VPR’s digital and news teams are focused on making the news, music, and conversation you depend on accessible no matter how you choose to connect.

VPR’s new Podcast Directory includes Wintry Mix, which explores Vermont’s snow economy and culture, and Awesome Etiquette, which is recorded at VPR and distributed by American Public Media’s Infinite Guest network.

VPR is a lead partner in NPR One, a smartphone app that connects you to public radio news, stories, and podcasts from around the world and here in our region – tailored to your schedule and interests. It’s “public radio made personal” and it is part of our commitment to make our content as accessible as possible.


VPR has won 80 awards for its news coverage in the last 10 years.

Vermont Public Radio and its staff received significant industry recognition in 2015.

Journalism Excellence Award for Community Engagement

Associated Press Media Editors chose VPR’s Traces Project for its Journalism Excellence Award for community engagement. Traces is a digital project at that asked those who had direct experience with addiction, whether they had lost a loved one, lost touch with a friend, or fought their own addiction, to share their stories.

Public Radio News Directors, Inc. Awards

VPR was honored with two national awards from Public Radio News Directors, Inc. for its coverage in 2014. The winning coverage includes:

Best Multimedia Presentation: Campaign 2014 (2nd Place)
Commentary: Kunin: On Silence And Suicide (2nd Place)

Best Places To Work In Vermont

Vermont Public Radio was named one of the 2015 Best Places to Work in Vermont by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.


Ted Adler
Burlington, VT

Dawn Andrews
Cabot, VT

Nancy Rowden Brock
Waterbury Center, VT

Charlie Browne
Barnet, VT

April Cornell
Burlington, VT

Perez Ehrich
Arlington, VT

Stan Fishkin
Chittenden, VT

Marsha Fonteyn
Poultney, VT

Elizabeth Glenshaw
Lyme, NH

Wayne Granquist
Weston, VT

Tom Johnson
Poultney, VT

Charlie Kireker – Chair
Weybridge, VT

Scott McArdle – Secretary
Starksboro, VT

Nicole Ravlin
Shelburne, VT

Andrea Rogers
Burlington, VT

Steven Swayne
Quechee, VT

Peter Swift
Charlotte, VT

Peggy Williams – Vice Chair
Johnson, VT

Bob Young – Treasurer
Proctor, VT

Robin Turnau, VPR President & CEO
Colchester, VT

Learn more about VPR’s Board Of Directors, including a schedule of upcoming meetings.
Special thanks to Doug Griswold for his many years of service on the VPR Board of Directors.

Learn More


Leadership Team

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Finance & Administration

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Development & Marketing

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News, Music, and Programming

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Traffic, Operations, and Engineering

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2015 Producers Circle

January 1 – December 31, 2015

Thanks to everyone who made unrestricted gifts to VPR in 2015 in support of our operations; we wish we could list every one of our thousands of members in this report! Please accept our sincere thanks for your support and passion for Vermont Public Radio.

President's Society - $25,000+

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Guarantor - $10,000-$24,999

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Benefactor - $5,000 - $9,999

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Executive Producer - $2,500-$4,999

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Producer - $1,200 - $2,499

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Journalism Fund

January 1 – December 31, 2015

Established in 2010, this special fund enables reporters and producers to innovate, take risks, and respond to opportunities. The Journalism Fund is designed to support a range of initiatives and is administered by an in-house committee of VPR staff. Funded projects are held to the same high level of independence and integrity you expect from VPR, thanks to the firewall between donors and decisions about news projects, reporting, and editorial standards.

Journalism Fund

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Phillips Legacy Society

The Phillips Legacy Society recognizes supporters who have made a provision for Vermont Public Radio in their will, estate plans or other planned gifts. VPR extends its heartfelt thanks to the more than 200 supporters who have made this special commitment to our vision and mission.

Phillips Legacy Society

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* deceased


We’d like to thank the more than 400 local businesses that supported VPR in 2015 through underwriting.


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VPR strives for accuracy in recognizing our supporters. If we have misspelled your name or inadvertently omitted you from these listings, please accept our apology and let us know by calling 800-639-2192 or via email at


From all of us at VPR, thank you for being part of our family.

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