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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Despite concerns raised by the state of Vermont, federal regulators have allowed the owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power station to use money set aside for decommissioning the plant to also manage spent radioactive fuel at the site.

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A power line developer has offered Vermont millions of dollars to lower electricity bills and to clean up Lake Champlain. State officials like the potential windfall, but they say it won’t get in the way of a vigorous review of the project.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin says a drug manufacturer has dramatically raised the prices of life-saving medication used to prevent deaths from heroin overdoses.

Emergency responders and the state police use naloxone – also known by the  trade name Narcan – to reverse the effects of overdose. But the cost of the drug has spiked 62 percent in the last month. At a news conference Wednesday, Shumlin called on the manufacturer to lower prices.

The Vermont Department of Health says three more students at Charlotte Central School have tested positive for tuberculosis.

The cases were discovered after a round of screening clinics held March 30 through April 3.

A total of 19 children and two adults have tested positive since the health department first confirmed a case of TB at the school in January.

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Attorney General Bill Sorrell has filed a lawsuit alleging that a candidate who used public money to run for lieutenant governor last year violated campaign financing laws.

Sorrell says Progressive Democrat Dean Corren illegally sought help from the Democratic party.

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More than a thousand Vermonters who hoped to get their driving privileges restored turned out Friday at a courthouse in Burlington.

People began lining up in the early morning dark – long before courthouse doors opened. By midday, the line snaked around a city block as hundreds waited in a biting wind for a chance to drive legally again.

Robert Robbins from Burlington hoped to pay off 15 tickets at $20 dollars apiece, instead of the $4,500 he owed for multiple offenses for driving with a suspended license. Tickets, he says, he couldn't afford to pay off.

A draft ruling by utility regulators in Connecticut says the Vermont Legislature is on the right track as it tries to make this state's renewable energy laws conform with the rest of New England.


Jay Peak resort has signed a settlement agreement that environmentalists say will improve water quality in streams damaged by development.

For the last decade or more, construction projects at the four-season resort have caused sediment to flow into streams. That's led to violations of state water quality standards.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin and legislative leaders say this is the year to take action to clean up Lake Champlain and other polluted waters. The sense of urgency was heightened last week when the legislature held an unusual joint assembly to hear dramatic testimony from business and environmental advocates about Lake Champlain in crisis.

State police say the co-principal of the Danville School has been arrested for embezzling almost $1,600.

Edwin Webbley, 60, was seen on video footage removing cash and checks from a school safe, police said.

The money and checks had been placed in the safe on the evening of Feb. 13 and was discovered missing on Feb. 16. Superintendent Matt Forrest told police that he reviewed video camera footage that showed a man removing money from the safe. The man was identified as Webbley.