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The Bridge, a free, independent, and local” newspaper serving Central Vermont, aims to strengthen the bonds between the people and communities of Central Vermont by covering the stories that matter most to them and providing a platform for communication.

Within our pages, you can engage with political and business leaders, investigate the region’s most important issues, share perspectives with neighbors, weigh the big decisions to come, and celebrate local achievements.


Carla Occaso, Editor

Born in Montpelier, raised in East Montpelier, editor of the U-32 High School student newspaper, The Shadow; writer and section editor for The Caledonian Record; correspondent and contributing writer for The Times Argus, Burlington Free Press, Green Mountain Trading Post, North Star Monthly, The Northland Journal, and other publications. English teacher and Interventionist.  editor@montpelierbridge.com    

Chris Meiman, Operations Manager/Contributing Editor

Chris is a Twitter-obsessed curator, writer and operations specialist previously with Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, the New England Patriots Hall of Fame and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. He and his wife are new Montpelierites looking for tips on sandwiches, hiking trails and Champ. Email ops at montpelierbridge dot com

Tom Brown, Contributing Editor

Tom is a longtime Vermont journalist who has worked as a reporter, editor, and online content manager at VTDigger, The Burlington Free Press, and the Times Argus.  He lives in Montpelier. Email tom@montpelierbridge.com

Rick McMahan, Advertising Director

Rick has over 30 years of advertising, marketing, graphic design, photography, and videography experience at the Times Argus, Vermont Life, Vermont Times, VOX, and as the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Advertising. Rick has been with The Bridge since 2009. Rick’s volunteer work includes his role as a NASA Solar System Ambassador. He lives in Barre, with his wife, Stephanie. Email rick@vtbridge.com