Bayla Metzger is a radio reporter and producer based in Burlington, Vermont, where she rises before the sun to produce Morning Edition at Vermont Public Radio. She cut her teeth in West Texas, where she was a reporter and producer at Marfa Public Radio covering a wide range of beats, including energy, rural issues and the arts. A story she produced about mutton busting – the rodeo event where children ride sheep – was awarded a 2018 regional Edward R. Murrow Award. Journalism is Bayla’s second career, following more than a decade telling branded stories through print and film. She studied audio documentary at Transom Story Workshop.