Richard Watts, Director

Richard is a former journalist and political campaign manager who now teaches courses in journalism and public policy at the University of Vermont. He is the co-director of the Reporting & Documentary Storytelling Program, directs the Center for Research on Vermont, and coordinates internships for the College of Arts & Sciences.

Hannah Kirkpatrick, Research Coordinator

Hannah earned her BA and MA in History from the University of Vermont. Her recent historical research is on gender and sainthood in the Middle Ages. She has previously worked with the Vermont Historical Society, the Fleming Museum, and Writing In The Disciplines at UVM. Hannah specializes in research and multimedia content creation for nonprofits and higher education programs.

Emily Sheftman, Communications Coordinator

Emily studied political science and history at UVM graduating in 2022. During her time at UVM she interned for a state senator, for a state representative, conducted legislative research and worked as the first TA in the legislative community of practice.

Justin Trombly, Editor

Justin Trombly is the editor of Community News Service and the Center for Community News. He coordinates with media partners, workshops stories with student reporters and helps build CNS' effort to strengthen Vermont journalism. He's been a reporter at VTDigger, the Tampa Bay Times, the Buffalo News and local papers in upstate New York. 

Carolyn Shapiro, Writer and Editor

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Carolyn is a freelance journalist and longtime reporter and writer at daily newspapers from upstate New York to southeastern Virginia. She has penned stories for The New York Times, Boston Globe, Seven Days and FedTech magazine. She also teaches advanced journalism at Champlain College in Burlington. She loves to talk about journalism and, when she's not doing that, walking her her two boxers and eating Vermont cheese. *image courtesy of*

Lauren Milideo, Writer and Editor

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Lauren is a science & community news writer and former editor at a community paper in Vermont. Lauren has experience as an archaeologist/paleontologist and a PhD in geosciences from Pennsylvania State University.

Katie Enns, Data Visualization Specialist

Katie is a graduate student studying Information Systems and Technology at Claremont Graduate University. A recent UVM graduate, Katie integrated GIS into her undergraduate thesis, working with a local transportation agency (CATMA) to visualize their survey data and illustrate the transportation patterns and the carbon emissions of UVM’s faculty and staff.  Katie hopes to use her skills to produce strong statistical analyses of environmentally related data that will inform policy and combat climate change.

Ayden Carpenter, Communications Assistant

Ayden is a sophomore public communications major from Washington, D.C. who likes interviewing and drawing out the best in people. Ayden is also an avid bike rider, a SGA senator and president of the Black Student Union at UVM. 

Savannah Arciaga, Research Assistant

Savannah is a first-year CAS student double majoring in Linguistics and Global Studies. She is working with CCN as a work-study employee, and she really enjoys having the opportunity to support her community and the communities surrounding other college campuses. Her favorite part of the job is researching new partnerships from across the country.

Autumn Crabtree, Research Assistant

Autumn is a senior at UVM studying Political Science and Linguistics from Canton, NY. She previously interned with the Center for Research on Vermont on a project creating a data base of housing projects across the state.