Hilary Niles

Freelance Investigative Reporter

Hilary is an independent investigative reporter, data journalism consultant and researcher based in Montpelier. She specializes in telling stories of how public policy shapes people's daily lives. 

Hilary's radio work has been featured on WBUR's Here and Now and the Public Radio Exchange's Station Showcase. She earned a Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi award for excellence in 2013 for her research with Investigative Reporting Workshop founder Charles Lewis, of American University. 

Before moving to Vermont in 2013, Hilary studied in the graduate program at the Missouri School of Journalism, where she worked at Investigative Reporters and Editors. She previously graduated from the University of New Hampshire and Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, and served as founding program director at Portsmouth Community Radio in New Hampshire. 

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Hilary Niles / VPR

With 17 sites around the state, Vermont Interactive Technologies offers real-time video conferencing services, so Vermonters don’t have to travel too far to participate in certain classes, public hearings and the like. But the state-supported nonprofit will be shuttered at the end of this year, and users are still figuring out what that means for them. 

Hilary Niles for VPR

“Vermont State Colleges” refers to the state's public institutions for higher education: the Community College of Vermont, Johnson and Lyndon State Colleges, and the newly renamed Castleton University. But, what’s in a name? The chancellor and trustees are finding out, as they consider re-naming the state college system.

Hilary Niles for VPR

Politicians and government officials talk a lot about improving Vermont’s economy. But both politically and financially, there are limits to what the public sector can do. Now, for the second year in a row, a group of motorcycle-riding investors and entrepreneurs has set out across the state to pitch in.

Screen shot / Vermont Health Connect

More than a third of Vermont’s population is enrolled in Medicaid. Their health care claims every year number in the millions, and those claims add up to well over $1 billion — on par with the size of Vermont’s General Fund, or even bigger. 

But, like a lot of the state government’s technology, the IT system the Medicaid program runs on is really old: 30 years old. 

Aaron Shrewsbury

As the Vermont Legislature works to overcome a $100 million budget gap for fiscal year 2016, one of its largest fiscal liabilities remains outside the reach of the annual budget bill. The state gives up about $1 billion in tax breaks annually through policies that have remained largely unchanged in recent years, even as lawmakers struggle to balance budgets.


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