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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

Carla served as managing editor of The Bridge from 2014-2017, and returned in the wake of the 2020 pandemic. A Montpelier native, journalism is in her blood. She started as editor of the U-32 student newspaper. She later became a writer/photographer and editor for The Caledonian-Record; correspondent and contributor for The Times Argus, Burlington Free Press, and other publications. She also works as a teacher and Interventionist. editor@montpelierbridge.com    

Sharon Allen, operations and business manager

A longtime Montpelier resident, Sharon’s background covers just about every aspect of life in Montpelier; business owner, non profits, state employee, parent of school children (no longer!), prior development review board member. She brings with her a passion for organization, systems and getting things done.

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