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The Foorce is with us

We are delighted to announce that Geeda Searfoorce has joined The News as our new assistant editor. Geeda hails from

Geeda Searfoorce has joined The Charlotte News as the new assistant editor.

Geeda Searfoorce has joined The Charlotte News as the new assistant editor.

Philadelphia, but we won’t hold it against her. Having lived in Vermont for 10 years and Charlotte for two years now, she is relatively familiar with the area and excited to learn more and dive into community happenings.

“The natural beauty of Charlotte is fully matched by the gracious, giving, fascinating, and stalwart community members who call this place their home. I am thrilled to plant my roots here and feel grateful every day,” Geeda said. “The Charlotte News is a treasure trove for community members, offering relevant local information and perspective that connects us to one another and our town. In a time during which we are fortunate to have a window onto global news and events, local news publications—in print and online-—are invaluable for keeping us grounded as we learn about and build the world around us.”

Having recently finished an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Geeda is a writer’s writer. When not at The News headquarters helping us “tell the stories that matter” to Charlotters, Geeda writes fiction and plays, performs sketch comedy with the Burlington-based group Stealing From Work, and teaches throughout the state for the Vermont Young Playwrights program. She will be co-directing and acting in artist Seth Jarvis’ new Flynn Center-commissioned work, Transitions, this November and is serving as a community consultant to two CVU students during their grad challenge year. Her work has appeared in Short Fiction in Theory and Practice and Numéro Cinq.

She is a busy woman with a wily smile and bundles of energy. We are tickled to have her on the team. You can contact her at


Raising a rising star?

After Brett Sigurdson’s award at the Vermont Press Association earlier this year, we didn’t think we’d be back on the map for at least another year or two. Well, it seems good things come to those who wait…and work a lot.

The Charlotte News is very proud to announce that our indefatigable editor in chief, Alex Bunten, has been selected to receive a “Rising Star” award from Vermont Business Magazine. Award recipients were selected by a panel of judges for their commitment to business growth, professional excellence and involvement in their communities.

“I’m honored to be included in this list of people working closely with their communities—doing what they love, loving what they do,” Alex said. “For me, coming back to Charlotte after so many years abroad, working at The News has been a really special way to reconnect with the community. Vermont is such an amazing place, and I love to see how active everyone is and how much people care. You don’t get that everywhere in the world.”

According to the VBM website, out of the 100 nominations, 20 men and 20 women between the age of 22 and 39 were selected from all over the state, the largest portion of them from Chittenden County.

“For these young professionals it’s not just about business. It’s about them making a difference in their communities,” said John Boutin, the publisher of VBM.

Vermont Business Magazine will honor these accomplished young leaders at the Rising Stars dinner on November 5. The dinner will be held at the Hampton Inn Burlington Hotel in Colchester. The honorees will also be featured in the November issue of Vermont Business Magazine.

For more information or to see a list of all the recipients, go to the VBM website at