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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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.

AP/Toby Talbot

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.

AP/Toby Talbot

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.

J. Scott Appelwhite / Associated Press

Senator Patrick Leahy says that President Trump is making a mistake in moving to rescind DACA - or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Sen. Leahy joins us to discuss the "dreamers" whom this would affect.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has a proposal for a taxpayer-financed, universal healthcare program. It's called "Medicare for all" and basically would expand Medicare to include all Americans.

A new advisory commission created by Gov. Phil Scott this week will focus on the issue of marijuana legalization in Vermont.
labuda / iStock

Gov. Phil Scott has signed an executive order that creates a special marijuana advisory commission to focus on legalization issues.

Gov. Phil Scott is part of a bipartisan group of governors working on ways to strengthen the Affordable Care Act
VPR / Bob Kinzel

As Congress considers changes to the Affordable Care Act, a bipartisan group of governors is hoping to play an important role in the debate over a new health care bill. Gov. Phil Scott says the only way to tackle the issue is for Republicans and Democrats to work together.

A moose enjoys a rainy day in Woodbury, Vermont. We're talking about the state of the state's wildlife.
Charles Wohlers / flickr

From fish to snakes to bears, wildlife in Vermont face some big challenges. The bear population is growing, and that's raising concern in some residential areas. The number of deer is on the rise, but the state's moose herd is struggling. And some species are being affected by climate change.

We're talking with Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter about these issues and others.

Liberty Union candidate Peter Diamondstone participated in VPR's 2014 gubernatorial debate.
Angela Evancie / VPR File

Peter Diamondstone was a founding member of the Liberty Union Party and ran for statewide office in every election cycle between 1970 and 2016.

Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to significantly reduce the number of super delegates in the 2020 Democratic presidential contest
Charlie Neibergall / AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders says his plan to implement a taxpayer financed, universal coverage health care system in this country is based on a relatively simple concept - expand the federal Medicare program to include all Americans.

All three members of Vermont's Congressional delegation oppose President Trump's plan to provide money to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico
Toby Talbot / AP/file

When Congress returns to Washington after the Labor Day recess, it will immediately face a significant budget crisis.

Vermont Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Reiber says the state's legal system should be availale to everyone who lives here regardless of their legal status.
Bob Kinzel / VPR

Vermont Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Reiber is hoping to reach an agreement with federal immigration officials that would allow undocumented workers to access the state's legal system without the fear of being arrested.

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