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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Green Mountain Care Board chairman Kevin Mullin is calling for Congress to restore health care subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.
Bob Kinzel / VPR

The head of the Green Mountain Care Board is calling on Congress to restore the individual subsidies to the Affordable Care Act that have been eliminated by President Donald Trump.

The Scott administration faces a year-end decision on the future of public safety communications. This could also affect broadband and cellular service in the state.

Boxes of food are seen being prepared for distribution in Enosburg Falls, Vt., in this Nov. 18, 2010 file photo. An estimated one-fourth of Vermonters will receive some form of food assistance this year.
Toby Talbot / Associated Press/File

Local food shelves across the state have been seeing an increase in demand this fall. John Sayles, CEO of the Vermont Foodbank, joins Vermont Edition to discuss reasons for this increase in demand and explain how local organizations are dealing with it.  

This Feb. 1, 2013, file photo shows a "bump stock" next to a disassembled .22-caliber rifle at North Raleigh Guns in Raleigh, N.C. A similar device was used by the gunman in Las Vegas who killed 58 people
Allen Breed / Associated Press

Rep. Peter Welch says he's disappointed that House Speaker Paul Ryan has decided not to pursue legislation that would ban the devices used in the Las Vegas shootings that allow semi automatic rifles to function more as automatic weapons.

All three members of Vermont's Congressional delegation support a bipartisan approach to strengthen the Affordable Care Act
Toby Talbot / Associated Press/File

With the demise of recent Republican efforts in Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, all three members of Vermont's delegation are backing bipartisan efforts to strengthen the law.

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge strikes out swinging against Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Cody Allen during the eighth inning of Game 1 of a baseball American League Division Series, Thursday in Cleveland.
David Dermer / AP

The most exciting part of the baseball season has begun – it’s the playoffs! Eight teams are battling to play in the World Series.

Will the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox meet in the American League Championship Series? Our special sports panel will discuss the outlook for the playoff teams.

Rep. Peter Welch backs efforts to outlaw devices that increase the capabilities of semi-automatic weapons
Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Rep. Peter Welch is backing legislation to prohibit the sale of devices that turn semi-automatic rifles into weapons that allow shooters to fire hundreds of rounds per minute.

All three members of Vermont's Congressional delegation support a bipartisan approach to strengthen the Affordable Care Act
Toby Talbot / Associated Press/File

All three members of Vermont's Congressional delegation say they'll oppose President Trump's tax plan because it favors the richest Americans.

The Green Mountain Care Board is now under the direction of Kevin Mullin, a former Rutland state senator.
SteveColeImages / iStock

After Al Gobeille was selected to lead Vermont's Agency of Human Services, Rutland State Sen. Kevin Mullin was chosen to succeed Gobeille as chairman of the Green Mountain Care Board.

We're talking with Mullin about a payment reform plan the board is considering that changes how health care providers are reimbursed.

Some sparse shelves are visible at the Montpelier Food Pantry on Tuesday. They saw a spike in demand over the summer months, according to executive director Jaime Bedard.
Bob Kinzel / VPR

Officials at organizations providing food assistance to Vermonters say a sluggish state economy might be one of the reasons why demand at many local food shelves has risen in the past few months.

Human Services Secretary Al Gobeille says Vermont would lose more than $200 million a year under the new Republican health care bill.
VPR / Bob Kinzel

Most estimates conclude that Vermont would be one of the hardest hit states on a per capita basis by the proposed Graham-Cassidy health care bill.

Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke about foreign policy at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., on Thursday.
screenshot from Westminster College's live stream

Sen. Bernie Sanders says the United States needs to adopt a progressive approach to foreign policy if many of the crises facing the world are to be resolved in the future.

Teachers picketed outside the Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes in Burlington on Sept. 14. A new bill to be considered during the 2018 session would prohibit teachers from striking in Vermont.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR

More than half of the states in the U.S. prohibit teachers from striking. Should Vermont join them?

Former Gov. Peter Shumlin says he underestimated the political and policy challenges of implementing a single payer health care system in Vermont.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Former Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin told the Harvard School of Public Health on Tuesday that he miscalculated the political and policy challenges associated with the single payer approach.

All three members of Vermont's Congressional delegation support a bipartisan approach to strengthen the Affordable Care Act
Toby Talbot / Associated Press/File

President Trump surprised a lot of Republicans and Democrats over the last few weeks by backing plans proposed by Congressional Democrats. But it's unclear how long the trend will last. 

Governor Phil Scott has created a special marijuana advisory commission.
Jim Mone / Associated Press/File

Governor Phil Scott created a special marijuana advisory commission to review a number of key issues surrounding the legalization of marijuana in Vermont. Neal Goswami, bureau chief at the Vermont Press Bureau, told Vermont Edition how the commission's report, to be issued in December of next year, could affect the legalization debate.

Secretary of State Jim Condos joins Vermont Edition to discuss several voting issues, including the president's election integrity commission.
Darron Cummings / Associated Press

In May, President Trump signed an executive order creating the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Secretary of State Jim Condos joins us to share his thoughts on the need for the commission.

All three members of Vermont's Congressional delegation support a bipartisan approach to strengthen the Affordable Care Act
Toby Talbot / Associated Press/File

Congressman Peter Welch says he's pleased that President Trump is supporting Democratic efforts to protect young immigrants from being deported.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, seen here in a Facebook video posted Sept. 13, introduces his "Medicare For All" act Wednesday.
screenshot from Facebook live

Sen. Bernie Sanders and his co-sponsors will introduce his "Medicare For All" act Wednesday afternoon. Sanders is streaming his announcement via Facebook Live.

Secretary of State Jim Condos says he doesn't trust the agenda of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity
Bob Kinzel / VPR file

Secretary of State Jim Condos says Vermont will take whatever steps are needed to protect the state's voter data base from a national commission created by President Trump.

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