Howard Weiss-Tisman

Reporter For Southern Vermont & The Connecticut River Valley

Howard Weiss-Tisman is VPR's reporter for Southern Vermont & the Connecticut River Valley. He worked at the Brattleboro Reformer for 11 years, reporting on most towns in the region and specializing on statewide issues including education, agriculture, energy and mental health. Howard received a BA in Journalism from University of Massachusetts. He filed his first story with VPR in September 2015.

Ways to Connect

A sign at Southern Vermont Medical Center explaining the visitor policy in light of the flu outbreak.
Ashley Jowett / SVMC

Hospitals are working to limit the spread of the flu as more cases are reported across Vermont.

Taps like this one at Academy School in Brattleboro were replaced after state tests discovered lead was leaching into the water.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

In November, the Department of Health announced that it was going to test 16 of the older schools around Vermont that get water from municipal sources to see if the pipes and fixtures in those buildings were leaching lead into the water. So far, they have detected unsafe levels of lead in some of the school buildings' water.

Balfour Studios

The chief medical officer of Vermont Medicaid says more research is needed before the state would be able to cover acupuncture in the insurance program for low-income Vermonters.

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

When Act 148 — the state's Universal Recycling Law — unanimously passed in 2012, it put a lot of new requirements on the state's waste haulers. Two years shy of the next key implementation deadline, the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee is considering a bill that would ease some of those requirements.

Georgia Mountain Wind

The head of the Vermont Department of Public Service says it would require significant resources for the state to take a more proactive role in tracking down businesses and individuals that violate their state permits when operating renewable energy projects.

And for now, it's just "not feasible."

Workers pick through salad greens at Pete's Greens in Craftsbury. Pete's Greens is one of the large farms in the state that will have to comply with new food safety rules this year.
Howard Weiss-TIsman / VPR

Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act back in 2011 to cut down on foodborne illnesses in the produce industry, and the law just went into effect on Vermont's larger farms on Jan. 26.

This file photo, taken on Dec. 13, 2016, shows the interior of an Uber car that is set to driverless mode on a San Francisco test drive.
Eric Risberg / Associated Press File

The Agency of Transportation says Vermont needs to get ready for the eventual arrival of self-driving vehicles.

Department of Liquor Control Deputy Commissioner Gary Kessler looks through some of the fake IDs the state collected using a new high-tech scanner.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

The Department of Liquor Control has collected more than 800 fake IDs since introducing a new high-tech detection scanner at bars and stores, mostly around the Burlington area.

Green Mountain Power has received a state permit to build a commercial Tesla battery storage system in Panton.

This catamount is on display at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier.
Matthew Johnson / Vermont Historical Society

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says there is no evidence that the catamount is still roaming in the Northeast, and the federal agency has officially removed the large cat from the federal endangered species list.

The Vermont Statehouse with snow around it.
Henry Epp / VPR File

The Vermont Senate Committee on Education is considering a bill that would allow students in religious high schools to use the state's dual enrollment program.

Howard Weiss-Tisman/VPR

The State Board of Education on Wednesday voted to suspend its rulemaking around how approved independent schools admit students with disabilities.

Zach Stephens / Brattleboro Reformer

Former Speaker of the House Timothy O'Connor of Brattleboro has died.

Dr. Kyle Hagstrom, left, a psychiatrist at the Brattleboro Retreat, talks via computer with Dr. Jarred Zucker, who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. Zucker is the one of the Retreat's newest telepsychiatrists.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Rural communities across the country face a shortage of doctors of all kinds, and Vermont is no different.

But as technology advances, and patients get more comfortable with video conferencing, health care officials say telemedicine might be one way to address the shortage.

Flags in the School for International Training dining hall, pictured here in February 2017.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR File

The School for International Training will be slashing staff at its campus in Brattleboro.

SIT opened in 1964 and was one of the first schools to stress international learning with a focus on overseas travel and study.

Burlington Free Press executive editor Denis Finley says he won't apologize about comments he made about transgender issues on Twitter. Finley joined the Free Press in September 2016.
Steve Earley

The executive editor of the Burlington Free Press who set off a firestorm on Twitter last weekend "left the company Monday evening," the newspaper said on its website.

The Vermont state offices for the Department of Human Resources and the Department of Moter Vehicles.
Kate Alfin Johnson / For VPR

The Department of Motor Vehicles is getting a new computer system that would allow it to add a third option for people who do not identify as male or female.

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

The company that reached a $20 million settlement with the state over PFOA contamination in one area of Bennington says it can't be linked to pollution in another, disputed, region of town.

Keron Asencio has been staying at the new warming shelter in Montpelier.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

This week's extreme weather tested the state's shelter system for the homeless.

Drop, Cover, and Hold On illustration via ShakeOut
ShakeOut

A week after a minor earthquake hit the Upper Valley, the Agency of Natural Resources is reminding Vermonters what to do the next time the earth shakes.

Pages