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Brittany Patterson

Executive Editor

Brittany Patterson joined Vermont Public in December 2020. Previously, she was an energy and environment reporter for West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the Ohio Valley ReSource. Prior to that, she covered public lands, the Interior Department and forests for E&E News' ClimateWire, based in Washington, D.C. Brittany also teaches audio storytelling and has taught classes at West Virginia University, Saint Michael's College and the University of Vermont. She holds degrees in journalism from San Jose State University and U.C. Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. A native of California, Brittany has fallen in love with Vermont. She enjoys hiking, skiing, baking and cuddling with her rescues, a 95-pound American Bulldog mix named Cooper, and Mila, the most beautiful calico cat you'll ever meet.

Have questions, comments or tips? Send me an email at brittany.patterson@vermontpublic.org

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  • Vermont’s largest public transit provider is dealing with tough financial challenges and declining ridership. Plus, Gov. Phil Scott signs a flurry of bills into law, including one that establishes the first- ever statewide regulations on new development in river corridors, home sales in Vermont continue declining, creating gridlock for those seeking new places to live, Burlington’s police chief is reappointed to the post by the city’s new mayor, and Rep. Becca Balint remarks on the jury verdict finding former president Donald Trump guilty of 34 felony counts for falsifying business records.
  • The Democrat served in the Vermont Senate for 32 years. Sears championed judicial reform — including reducing the number of Vermonters who were incarcerated out of state — and often advocated for a trauma-informed approach to the rehabilitation of at-risk youth.
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