| 2006-2008 News Audio
(30 audio clips)
Public Radio Audio | 2006-2008
Cheryl Hanna - The Man on the Porch
(1.3 mb / 2:48)
Commentator Cheryl Hanna is a professor at Vermont Law School in South Royalton, and a few weeks ago, she had an experience that has made her re-examine how Vermonters are reacting to the high-profile murder cases recently in the news. This report aired January 30, 2008
for VPR's "Commentary Series".
Vermont Edition October 3, 2007
(3.5 mb / 7:27)
University of Vermont
Police Chief Gary Margolis talks with us nearly a year after the
abduction and murder of student Michelle Gardner-Quinn. We learn how
campus security and student sentiments toward personal safety have
changed in the past year. VPR's Jane Lindholm reports on the
October 3, 2007 program "Vermont Edition."
Mitch Wertlieb - Dr. Brookes
Cowan on Grieving with Children (3.4 mb
The fatal shootings in Essex and the murder of UVM senior Michelle
Gardner-Quinn last year were shocking events. Dr. Brookes Cowan is a UVM
Sociology professor and founding Chair of the Madison Deane Initiative.
She visited the VPR studios on October 3, 2007 to talk about the need to
encourage the grieving process, especially for children.
Cecilia Danks - A Reverence for All Life (2.5 mb
Cecilia Danks is an assistant professor of environmental policy at
the University of Vermont. She assigned her students to write a This I
Believe essay to help them focus their own commitment to the
environment. Cecilia read Michelle's essay, written two days before she
was abducted, on the August 5, 2007 edition of NPR's "Weekend Edition
Philip Baruth - Looking for
Sense in the Senseless (1.3 mb / 3:12)
Recent news of a brutal
attack on a Thetford woman reminded commentator Philip Baruth of the
murder last year of UVM student Michelle Gardner-Quinn, and left him
trying to make sense of the senseless. Philip Baruth is a novelist and
regular commentator for Vermont Public Radio. The piece aired June 22,
Steve Delaney - The Year in
Review: 2006 - Part 4, Crime (1.2 mb / 2:32)
When it comes to crime, Vermonters had some sad moments, and some
national attention. VPR's Steve Delaney looks back at the crime and
punishment of the last 12 months. The report aired December 28, 2006 and
includes only the latter half of the report - the segment of the story
about Michelle Gardner-Quinn.
Interview: Rachele Huennekens,
Michelle's Earth Foundation (748 kb / 1:49)
Friends of Michelle Gardner-Quinn have established a foundation in her
memory. Rachele Huennekens says Michelle's Earth Foundation was created
to expand on the 21-year-old's efforts to protect the environment. She
spoke about the foundation with Vermont Public Radio's Neal Charnoff on
November 11, 2006.
Interview: Linda White -
'Meeting With a Killer: One Family's Journey' (3.1 mb /
Few can even begin to understand the true measure of grief felt by
Gardner-Quinn's family, her parents and siblings. One person who can,
perhaps, is Linda White. She is the woman featured in the new
documentary "Meeting With a Killer: One Family's Journey." VPR's
Mitch Wertlieb talked with her on November 10, 2006.
Cheryl Hanna - Violence Against
Women (1.3 mb / 2:47)
The murder of Michelle Gardner-Quinn has deeply shaken our small state.
Commentator Cheryl Hanna reflects upon what her murder might mean for
other young women. Cheryl Hanna is a professor at Vermont Law School in
South Royalton. Her commentary aired October 25, 2006 on Vermont Public
Lynne McCrea - Friends Speak of
Gardner-Quinn's Life (1.0 mb / 2:33)
Michelle Gardner-Quinn transferred this fall to the University of
Vermont for her senior year of college. She was pursuing a
specially-designed major in environmental studies. In a report that
aired October 13, 2006, VPR's Lynne McCrea spoke with friends of
Michelle Gardner-Quinn, before the announcement that her body had been
John Dillon & Neal Charnoff -
Police Announce Body of Missing Student Found (1.8 mb / 3:44)
Reporter John Dillon was at City Hall when Burlington Police announced
the latest results of their investigation into missing UVM student,
Michelle Gardner-Quinn. He spoke with VPR's Neal Charnoff live on
October 13, 2006 in the studio about the week-long search that has come
to a grim ending.
TV News Segment Audio | 2007-2008
Michelle Gardner-Quinn's Legacy
Lives On (1.3 mb / 2:42) | Images
A year after violence shook
the University of Vermont community, students and staff remembered the
legacy of Michelle Gardner-Quinn. Dozens of people took part in a
candlelight vigil, Friday night, to honor the 21-year-old whose life was
cut tragically short. The report aired October 12, 2007 on Channel
Dozens Walk To Remember
Michelle Gardner-Quinn (664 kb / 1:24) | Images
The community is remembering Michelle Gardner-Quinn by retracing the
path she walked the night she disappeared. "A year of mourning has
really been an impact to the campus and I think it's just another way to
provide some closure for some." The report aired on the 11pm newscast of
WPTZ-TV Channel 5 on October 12, 2007.
UVM Remembers Michelle
Gardner-Quinn 1 Year Later (1.2 mb / 2:34) | Images
Since her death,
"Michelle's Earth Foundation" has been established in her name. It's
designed to make people more aware and more involved in the environment.
Her parents have also established a scholarship in her name.
Gardner-Quinn was only on campus for one semester, but she left a
lasting mark behind. Channel 3 reports on Oct. 8, 2007.
Gardner-Quinn: One Year Later (764 kb / 1:37) | Images
It was one year ago Sunday that University of Vermont student Michelle
Gardner-Quinn went missing. Gardner-Quinn's parents reported her missing
when she didn't show up for lunch with them that morning. It was parents
weekend at the University of Vermont and Gardner-Quinn's mother and
father were visiting. Channel 5 reports on October 7, 2007.
Gardner-Quinn (1.6 mb / 3:30) | Images
Reverend Gary Kowalski of the First Unitarian Universalist Society told
the congregation, "Women live in a world where violence and the threat
of violence assaults them every day. It's something they just live with.
Or in the case of the unlucky ones like Laura Winterbottom, something
they don't live with." Channel 3 reports on October 7, 2007.
UVM Remembers Murdered Student (854
kb / 1:49) | Images
All this week, campus
officials have organized memorial events to honor Gardner-Quinn and her
memory. Thousands are in town for the University Of Vermont's homecoming
and family weekend. The report aired on WPTZ Channel 5 on October 6,
A Stranger is Watching Part
2 (2.3 mb / 4:49) | Images
It's Homecoming and Family
Weekend at UVM - a time for celebration, but also a time to remember a
tragedy on campus a year ago. Since Michelle Gardner-Quinn was
kidnapped, raped and murdered, UVM has evolved its strategy for keeping
students safe, on and off campus. Channel 3 reports on October 4,
A Stranger is Watching Part
1 (2.0 mb / 4:15) | Images
One year has passed since
the UVM community mourned the loss of one of its own. The campus was
stunned; its sense of security, shattered. One year later, has anything
changed? Burlington's WCAX-TV Channel 3 reported on the thoughts of UVM
students on the 11 o'clock news, October 3, 2007
| WRC-TV NBC 4
News Segment Audio | 2006-2007
Washington's NBC affiliate,
WRC-TV 4, ran multiple reports about Michelle in 2006 and one in July 2007.
Here is the audio of those television reports as reported by Channel 4's own
Pat Collins, Miguel Almaguer, Tracee Wilkins, James Adams, Jane Watrel, Jim
Handly, and others.
| Other News Segment Audio |
Gardner-Quinn's Family Attends UVM Graduation (1.3 mb / 2:41) | Images
Sunday was an emotional day for the family of Michelle Gardner-Quinn as they
attended commencement at UVM. Quinn was a popular student at UVM before she
was kidnapped and murdered last fall. Ben Stein from WPTZ reports for New
England Cable News (NECN) on May 20, 2007.
Remembered One Year Later (708 kb / 1:30) |
Community members marched up Main Street in Burlington to hold a vigil
at the University of Vermont green in Burlington on Friday evening
October 12, 2007 to remember slain UVM student Michelle Gardner-Quinn.
Audio was taken from the video by Glenn Russell, Burlington Free Press;
also posted below in the video section.
"This I Believe" [Original]
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In 2006, Sean
Dempsey created the video "We Remember" in memory of
Michelle, using a poem written by Michelle's former roommate Aarti Love
Mahtani of American University. Nine months later, Damon Cason directed
a one-minute public service announcement, "This I Believe,"
using segments from a school essay of the same name that Michelle wrote
in her final semester while attending the University of Vermont. The
essay was read at Michelle's memorial service and later was published in
the university's alumni magazine. The video, which features Goldie Hawn,
The Duchess of York, Kate Hudson, Sheryl Crow, Meg Ryan, Tipper Gore,
and Michelle's mother, received thousands of hits on YouTube in the
month following its release. Other websites also have posted this video,
"green blog" Ecorazzi
among them. Kevin Wall, producer of the Live 8 and Live Earth concerts,
made this video possible. It was shown at New York's Live Earth concert
on July 7, 2007. An extended version was released in October 2007. After the
New York concert, WRC-TV, Washington DC's NBC affiliate, aired a
segment about the showing of "This I Believe," including an interview
with Michelle's mother Diane Gardner-Quinn. The audio-only version of
the WRC-TV news video can be found above or
here. The Burlington
Free Press website posted video of the the candlelight gathering and
walk from City Hall to the fountain on the UVM campus where a memorial to
Michelle had existed since the year before. The event, on October
12th, marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Michelle. The
Free Press posted the same video on YouTube, although in lower quality.
On April 2, 2008, Brittany Oat reported for WPTZ Channel 5 on the Rooney
trial's move to Rutland, finding that not all residents are up to speed on
the circumstances and events leading up to trial of Brian Rooney.
view the YouTube videos, click the video thumbnail. Loading times
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Full text of poem featured in "We Remember" video
If you knew Michelle, you
are a blessed soul. If you didn't, let me share with you what she meant
In loving memory of Michelle Gardner-Quinn.
I remember the e-mails we sent each other describing ourselves when we
found out we were going to be roommates.
I remember the first time we spoke on the phone before we met. I was
home in St. Maarten and you were in Arlington, VA. I laughed as we joked
and I knew I'd be friends with you forever.
I remember seeing your bright eyes the first time we met. My flight from
New York had been delayed 4 or 5 times and you thought you'd never see
me! We embraced and bonded as I unpacked my things.
I remember waking you up ten minutes before class when you'd take your
afternoon naps. And once I wasn't around to wake you up and you were
late for class and you were mad at me for the rest of the day. I still
I remember when you turned 21. When I turned 21.
I remember coming to stand over your desk at work at WWF to take my tea
breaks and chat with you. I remember your beautiful energy flow model on
toilet paper :)
I remember watching you sleep, when I couldn't. And I rememeber the
sound of your snoring. Which now makes sense as to why I couldn't sleep.
But I still love you.
I remember sitting in the
front of the bus with you and keeping you company when we were on a
safari through Kruger National Park. You tried on my purple Gucci
sunglasses and insisted I take a picture as proof because no one would
ever believe you.
I remember staying up late at night and talking in the dark while in
bed. All the stories. All the dreams. All the laughing. All the tears.
I remember you fought with your Mom, Ian and your sister all in one day.
I walked forever to find you the right ice cream. We ate it out of the
container and broke many plastic spoons.
I remember how kind you were to me when I needed to leave my things at
your house while I went home for a week. And how kind your family was to
Most of all, I remember you. And I will never forget you.
You were the coolest roommate.
You were the kindest friend.
You were the most engaging classmate.
You were the most cheerful co-worker.
You were the most adventurous travel buddy.
You were the most concerned citizen.
You are the most beautiful soul.
See you when I get there darling. Love you always.
"This I Believe" by Michelle Gardner-Quinn
I believe in upholding reverence for all
life. I believe that humanity has a responsibility to the earth and to
the life that we share our experience with.
As a child, I found joy digging in the dirt, examining the miracle of
life. Everything creepy-crawly was fascinating to me, and I spent
countless hours in my backyard exploring what wonders lay beneath.
Although some people might be repulsed by this notion, these creatures
did not represent slimy pests to me. Rather, such experiences in the
natural world taught me about the diversity of life that could be found
in any microcosm. I felt attuned with the cycles of life, my favorite
being the spring. During these budding
months, I could watch the egg sacks of praying mantises as they opened,
or collect robin-blue eggshells that had fallen from the nests. This was
where I felt a strong connection to the natural cycles of creation. This
connection has inspired awe in me that I feel strongly to this day. It
is a feeling deep within me that has inspired my passions and pursuits
as an environmentalist.
As I grew older, I discovered that this reverence for life was not
shared by all of humanity. Rather than respecting the natural world as a
community of life, the environment has been valued in terms of the
resources that could be exploited. Industrialization has turned
life into an industry, and systematically destroys the essential
diversity that provides richness to the human experience. Our self-inflicted
ecological crisis has reached such a point that we
no longer endanger isolated bioregions. So many toxins
have been spewed into the atmosphere as a result of our industrial greed
that the climate of our planet is changing at an alarming rate. Climate
change threatens all life forms by altering fundamental natural cycles,
giving little time for evolutionary responses.
These detrimental impacts are visible today as polar bears lose their
habitat of sea ice, the sex of sea turtle eggs is skewed, whales have
less krill to feed on, and coral reefs are bleached, to cite just a few
examples. Climate change also has a detrimental impact on cultures and
humanitys well-being as more people are becoming environmental
refugees. Little is being done to curb this crisis, and, within our
lifetime, the ecological functioning of planet earth will be forever
I believe that my connection to all life forms prevents me from sitting
back and watching this catastrophe. I believe that we should understand
our place in our regional ecosystems and communities, as well as pledge
our allegiance to the earth as a whole. I believe that all creatures,
whether they are found in my backyard or halfway around the globe,
should not suffer as a result of human greed. The reality of climate
change is here and now; it is the environmental battle of our generation
and generations to come. In honor of all life, I am dedicating myself to
preventing this worldwide ecological crisis.
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