John Dillon

News Director

A veteran Vermont reporter, John joined VPR in 2001. Previously, John was a staff writer for the Sunday Times Argus and the Sunday Rutland Herald, responsible for breaking stories and in-depth features on local issues. He has also served as Communications Director for the Vermont Health Care Authority and Bureau Chief for UPI in Montpelier. John was honored with two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in 2007 for his reporting on VPR. He was the lead reporter for a VPR series on climate change that in 2008 won a national Edward R. Murrow award for continuing coverage. In 2009, John's coverage of an asbestos mine in northern Vermont was recognized with a regional investigative reporting award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association.

 

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For 32 Vermonters, it’s been a momentous few days at the Republican National Convention. They are the state’s delegates and alternates to the convention, and they bring a variety of backgrounds and levels of political experience to Cleveland.

Much of the focus is on the convention hall speakers at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, but delegates are also hearing from party figures in more intimate, informal settings.

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The Vermont Republican delegation cast their votes Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Thirteen of the 16-person delegation voted for Trump, one went for Ohio Gov. John Kasich and two voted for Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

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VPR's John Dillon is in Cleveland with the Vermont delegation to the Republican National Convention. Throughout the week, he'll provide color, background and observations in his reporter's notebook.

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The outcome of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland is predetermined: Donald Trump will get his party’s nomination for president. But there was controversy nonetheless for the 16-person Vermont delegation.

As the Republican National Convention kicks off, Vermont's 16-person delegation is evenly split between Ohio Gov. John Kasich and presumptive nominee Donald Trump.

The Vermont National Guard will soon test its ability to combat a cyber attack on critical infrastructure, such as the state’s utility grid. Guard personnel will be involved in a major exercise later this month, says Maj. Gen. Steven Cray, the state's adjutant general.

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch says he still plans to cast his superdelegate for Bernie Sanders at Democratic convention next month. But he also wants Sanders to endorse Hillary Clinton soon.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders acknowledged this morning that he is unlikely to win the Democratic nomination and says he will vote for Hillary Clinton.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy says recent federal fraud charges have shaken his confidence in what was once praised as the most successful EB-5 project in Vermont.

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Will the Legislature convene a veto session next month? It’s the question that’s on a lot of people’s minds in Montpelier these days, but it’s still unclear whether concerns about a renewable energy siting bill will trigger a gubernatorial veto, or what happens to the legislation if it does.

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The Shumlin administration and legislative leaders are questioning aspects of a renewable energy siting bill passed in the waning hours of the 2016 legislative session. The concerns may prompt Gov. Peter Shumlin to veto the bill, according to Rep. Tony Klein, the chairman of the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee.

The Vermont Electric Power Company – the state’s transmission utility – says it’s using an extremely accurate weather forecasting system to better predict storm events. And VELCO CEO Tom Dunn says the technology will also lead to more effective use of renewable energy.

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New reports on women in the Vermont workforce show a wage and income disparity with their male counterparts that gets worse as women get older.

Burlington police have charged a man with a hate crime after what they said was a racially motivated incident in the city’s North End.

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The state health department Friday reported Vermont's first case of the Zika virus. The department says a Vermonter contracted Zika after traveling to an area affected by the virus.

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The Securities and Exchange Commission says that two Northeast Kingdom developers and their companies have defrauded foreign investors in the federal EB-5 program.

Federal and state authorities raided the Jay Peak and Q Burke resorts Wednesday.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, says President Barack Obama should act “without delay” to nominate a replacement for Justin Antonin Scalia.

Attorney General Bill Sorrell has closed a closed a criminal investigation into allegations that environmental activist Annette Smith has practiced law without a license.

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A raucous crowd at the Statehouse Wednesday demanded more local control over the siting of large scale renewable energy projects.

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