Vermont Public is independent, community-supported media, serving Vermont with trusted, relevant and essential information. We share stories that bring people together, from every corner of our region. New to Vermont Public? Start here.

© 2024 Vermont Public | 365 Troy Ave. Colchester, VT 05446

Public Files:

For assistance accessing our public files, please contact or call 802-655-9451.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Staff Spotlight: Rebecca Sananes

VPR Upper Valley Reporter Rebecca Sananes

Have you ever wondered about the people that make the magic happen at VPR? Well, we're here to pull back the curtain! Each month we're profiling different members of the VPR team; finding out what they do as well as some interesting facts about them. This time, we're talking to VPR's Upper Valley Reporter, Rebecca Sananes.

The Essentials:

  • My name is: Rebecca Sananes
  • Public radio employee since: January 2015
  • Public radio listener since: Before I can remember, my Dad is a public radio junkie.
  • My job is: Upper Valley Reporter

Tell Me More:

One of my favorite radio moments is: When David Isay gave microphones to two kids in the Southside of Chicago and produced Ghetto Life 101. Seriously, go listen; you’ll fall in love with radio, too.

If I could share a coffee with anyone, it would be: Honestly… Beyoncé.

When I tell people I work for VPR, they often say: I love VPR! (Really, it’s one of my favorite things about reporting here – how much the community depends on and supports VPR).

I can't live without:  black coffee.

I've learned the most about radio from: Covering the New Hampshire primaries with Asma Khalid, who is now on the elections team at NPR. We would go to campaign events, talk about sound bites and storylines. She’d drive the getaway car and I’d cut tape in the passenger seat. She taught me (most) everything I know.

My favorite thing to do in Vermont: How about top three? Hiking up the river at the Bolton Buckets, skiing fresh snow and … eating poutine.

The one word I always stumble over on air is: Contractions get me every time – don’t, can’t, won’t ever use ‘em!

An important tip I've learned about investigative reporting is: “Allegedly” is my favorite word. Everybody is innocent until proven guilty.

The Newscast headline reporting the last year in my life would be:  20-Something Shocks Herself By How Little Sleep She Can Live On

Listening is most important when: you have a different opinion.

Check out Rebecca on Twitter!

Rebecca Sananes was VPR's Upper Valley Reporter. Before joining the VPR Newsroom, she was the Graduate Fellow at WBUR and a researcher on a Frontline documentary.
Latest Stories