John Van Hoesen

Senior Vice President & Chief Content Officer

John Van Hoesen is the Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer at VPR. He oversees content on VPR News, VPR Classical and He has also served as news director and vice president for news at VPR.

Since 2001, VPR has been recognized for excellence in broadcast journalism with more than 100 awards from RTDNA, PRNDI and the AP, including six national Edward R. Murrow awards. John was the executive producer of "The Irene Effect," "States of Marriage," and “State of Mind” documentaries. He is also the executive producer of VPR's signature news magazine, Vermont Edition. John has been the coordinator of VPR's strategic planning and the coordinator of VPR's Community Forum.

He has served on the Steering Committee of public broadcasting's national Editorial Integrity project. He is a member of the Public Radio Programming Directors Association and the Radio Television Digital News Association. He is a past president of the Vermont Press Association, and he is a recipient of the Associated Press Distinguished Service Award.

His career in broadcast and print journalism has spanned more than three decades. He was the managing editor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Rutland Herald, where he also worked as a reporter and a magazine editor. He was one of the founders and also pressman at the Windsor Chronicle weekly newspaper. He began his career at the Times-Reporter newspaper.

John grew up on a dairy farm and is a graduate of the University of Vermont.

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In February, VPR with the Castleton Polling Institute conducted the first of three VPR Polls for this election year. The results of that poll provided important insights on Vermonters' opinions about the presidential candidates, statewide officeholders and key topics like gun control and marijuana legalization.

Vermont Public Radio has appointed veteran journalist John Dillon as News Director.

Dillon has been with VPR since 2001.  He was selected after a comprehensive national search this summer.

Dillon’s stories have aired on VPR, NPR and Marketplace, and he also has reported for and on social media.

He has been a leader in energy and environmental reporting, including the most recent developments around the planned closure of Vermont Yankee. His climate change coverage has been recognized nationally with an Edward R. Murrow Award.