Bob Kinzel

Host, Reporter

Bob is a veteran Vermont journalist, specializing in political reporting. He is based in VPR’s Capital Bureau located across the street from Vermont’s Statehouse. Prior to joining VPR full time in 2002, Bob ran the Vermont News Service for 21 years. The service provided daily local news for eleven stations, including VPR. Bob started the News Service following a stint as news director for WNCS.

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Vermont's two U.S. senators are opposing Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's pick to the Supreme Court. But the Senate is also on the verge of changing how it considers such controversial nominations in the future.

Congressman Peter Welch says he is “very relieved” that a Republican health care bill has been pulled from the House floor because House Speaker Paul Ryan lacked the votes to pass the legislation.

Ric Cengeri / VPR

We've been discussing the many challenges that the state mental health system and those experiencing mental illness are facing. Now we hear about some of the ideas that the Legislature has for fixing the problems.

Liam Connors / VPR

Voters in many communities gave their approval to their local school budget on Town Meeting Day. Roughly 200 budgets were up for consideration, and 91 percent were supported.

Amy Noyes / VPR

In Vermont's 251 towns, citizens are casting votes in an annual exercise of truly local self-government: Town Meeting Day. By Wednesday,Vermont Edition will have a statewide picture of how towns across Vermont weighed in on critical issues.

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A panel of reporters joins Vermont Edition on this year's Town Meeting Day for an overview of issues being considered around the state.

A hand holds a smoldering cigarette between two fingers.
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There's a bill at the Vermont Statehouse that would raise the age to buy tobacco products from 18 years old to 21 years old.

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A shortage of primary care doctors in most parts of Vermont has the medical community concerned, with nearly 30 percent of primary care physicians over age 60 and nearing retirement. 

Profile of Governor Phil Scott with Vermont flag in background.
Angela Evancie / VPR

Vermont's state budget tops one billion dollars, and the balance of raising revenue and controlling costs is a contentious issue between the governor and the Democratic leadership in the Legislature.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

All three members of Vermont's Congressional delegation are in sharp disagreement with most of the priorities that President Trump outlined in his address to Congress on Tuesday night.

Angela Evancie / VPR file

Gov. Phil Scott says he wants lawmakers to pass a marijuana driver impairment law before they consider a legalization bill. But transportation officials say the kind of test that Scott wants to use doesn't exist at this time.

Sen. Patrick Leahy is calling for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Angela Evancie / VPR

Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson joins the program to talk about a range of topics, including the Legislature's reaction to Gov. Phil Scott's proposal for Vermont school budgets.

Angela Evancie / VPR file

In a unanimous 30-0 vote, the Vermont Senate has advanced legislation that's designed to blunt part of the impact of new immigration policies of the Trump Administration. 

Bob Kinzel / VPR

Gov. Phil Scott says the Legislature needs to act soon to blunt the impact of a new Trump Administration policy on immigration.

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As Vermont's House Judiciary Committee considers a bill to legalize marijuana, there has been discussion about exactly how much marijuana an individual could possess.

Angela Evancie / VPR

Knee deep into the second month of the Legislature's new biennium, a number of key issues have emerged in Montpelier.

Dmitri Lovetsky / AP

All three members of Vermont's congressional delegation are calling for an investigation to look at possible ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian intelligence officials.

Angela Evancie / VPR file

Gov. Phil Scott says he won't support legislation legalizing marijuana in Vermont unless the bill contains strong provisions to allow law enforcement officials to determine if a person is driving while impaired.

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Both of Vermont's U.S. senators, Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, say they plan to question President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, on a number of specific issues.

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