Neal Charnoff

Neal was a reporter and VPR's All Things Considered host from 2001 to 2014. He joined VPR in 1996, hosting VPR's jazz programming, including live performances from the VPR studios and the Discover Jazz Festival. Prior to VPR, Neal was a programmer and host for WNCS in Montpelier and WDEV in Waterbury. He holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College.

Legislation consolidating school districts across the state is on a fast track at the Statehouse.

Nonprofit organizations that help Vermonters find insurance on the new health exchange are giving mixed reviews to the program.

Commentator Ted Levin reminds us of the vulnerability of wildlife.

As lawmakers enter the final weeks of the session, they’ll debate a bill that addresses rising property tax burdens by shifting around who pays.

The owner of Santa’s Land in Putney and the theme park’s caretaker are scheduled to appear in court in Brattleboro

Commentator Brian Porto on inspiring performances by past Olympians.

An employee at the Agency of Human Services has filed a lawsuit against the state of Vermont.

Businesses and non-profit groups are teaming up to shine a spotlight on what Vermont’s youngest children need – and may not be getting – to do well later in life.

The Vermont Telecommunications Authority has announced plans to extend cellular phone service along hundreds of miles of Vermont roads.

The Vermont House has passed a measure calling for a study of marijuana legalization.

The Vermont Tax Department says there’s been a significant increase in the number of Vermonters targeted by a tax fraud scheme

Commentator Abigail Mnookin celebrates the kindness of strangers.

Courtesy Burlington Discover Jazz

Burlington Discover Jazz has announced its lineup for the 31st Annual Festival, which runs May 30 through June 8.

The Queen City will play host to hundreds of events, ranging from legends like Tony Bennett, contemporary artists such as Maceo Parker and Regina Carter, jazz greats Ron Carter and Benny Golson and emerging artists like Valerie June and Warren Wolf.

And of course, Vermont artists and student musicians will be featured throughout.

So why has this tiny corner of New England become such a magnet for jazz artists?

Vermont is set to become the first state in the country to require the labeling of most food products that contain genetically modified ingredients

A new report from a child advocacy group shows that many of  Vermont's children are not ready to start school. 

Commentator Annie Guyon on her son’s college tour.

Vermont officials are asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct a damage assessment in four Vermont counties. Legislative leaders are putting pressure on Governor Peter Shumlin to come up with answers on how he plans to finance his single-payer health care plan.  Champlain College plans to appeal a decision by the Burlington Development Review Board to deny a permit to build a new mixed-use student housing project.

A bill in the Statehouse has stirred up community outrage among fraternities and sororities at the University of Vermont.

A bill moving through the Legislature sets new broadband goals for Vermont. 

Commentator Deborah Lee Luskin on a village group that celebrates Shakespeare.

Thousands of Vermonters are stuck in  “insurance limbo” as the state works to iron out wrinkles in Vermont Health Connect.

More than 50 people showed up at a Bennington Career Day workshop.

Commentator Bill Schubart on governmental integrity.

It’s unlikely that governor Peter Shumlin will face a challenger from the Progressive Party in the November election.

Lawmakers investigating how the state handles child abuse cases are upset that state officials did not share information about the death of another child this month.

Vermont’s labor force continued to grow in March, and unemployment went down.

Lawmakers approve legislation aimed at waterways cleanup, but fail to address funding.

Legislation that bans drivers from using hand-held cell phones is stalled at the Statehouse.

Commentator Peter Gilbert takes note of National Library Week.

Courtesy Peter Arthur Weyrauch

Poetry Out Loud is a national competition for high school students, which calls on them to memorize and recite great works of poetry.

This year’s state champion is Sam Boudreau, a junior at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans.

Boudreau was one of 5000 Vermont students who took part in this year’s program.

A bill that would boost wages for workers on state funded construction projects has cleared the Vermont House. But leaders in the Senate are worried the proposal would hurt local construction firms.  

Governor Peter Shumlin is dismissing a legislative consultant’s plan that lawmakers could use an alternative to the administration’s single-payer health proposal.

Commentator Rich Nadworny visits some new, high-tech Vermont labs.

The process behind finding alternatives to single-payer health care.

Vermont is poised to become the first state in the country to require the labeling of food products made with genetically modified organisms

Commentator Martha Molnar looks forward to mud season.

The entire state of Vermont is under a Flood Watch and the National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for a number of river basins.

For the first time this year, the Veterans Administration will use federal tax returns as a means test to decide whether a veteran is eligible for subsidized health care.
Several major Vermont highway projects are taking place this year in the Lyndonville and St. Johnsbury areas for a cost of about $21 million.
Vermont's Bennington Battle Monument is opening for the season on Saturday.

Attorney General Bill Sorrell says there’s no doubt in his mind that the state of Vermont will be hit with a major lawsuit if the Legislature passes a bill requiring GMO labeling. 

Governor Peter Shumlin and legislative leaders unveiled plans today to devote up to five million dollars to help the state attract and keep high tech jobs. 

Commentator John Vogel says we can do more about food insecurity.

Entergy says Vermont Yankee can’t operate under the state’s proposed conditions for releasing heated water into the Connecticut River.

National Life Group is adding more than 30 new jobs at its Montpelier headquarters.

Money from the statewide energy efficiency program could be used to install electric heat pumps under new legislation.

State Auditor Doug Hoffer says it’s likely that his office and the federal government will work together on a performance audit of Vermont’s new health care exchange. Congressman Peter Welch is pushing for the government to reauthorize a global tourism initiative that he says can attract more visitors to Vermont.
A building that was once a law office in Westminster will be turned over to the town. The ferry crossing between Essex, New York and Charlotte, Vermont has reopened. Lake Champlain Transportation closed the crossing earlier this week due to ice flows.

Lawmakers say it’s time to make some tough decisions about what Vermont’s single-payer health care system will look like.

Secretary of Commerce and Community Development Lawrence Miller is leaving the agency to devote himself full time to the push for a single payer health care system in Vermont.

Commentator Tom Slayton on says his neighbors who sugar are non-committal about this year’s maple season.

Full Circle Festival

Burlington is playing host this weekend to the state’s first arts festival celebrating the spirit and opportunities of aging.

Full Circle: The Art and Heart of Aging is a three-day event which explores issues surrounding aging through dance, theater, music film and art exhibits, as well as workshops and panel discussions.

The festival is the vision of Vermont filmmaker Camilla Rockwell.