Nina Keck


Nina has been reporting for VPR since 1996, primarily focusing on the Rutland area. An experienced journalist, Nina covered international and national news for seven years with the Voice of America. She has also served as a foreign correspondent in Germany, for both the VOA and Marketplace. She began her career at Wisconsin Public Radio. Nina has been honored with two national Edward R. Murrow Awards.  In 2006, she won for her investigative reporting on VPR and in 2009 she won for her use of sound.

Ways To Connect

With workers for FairPoint Communications still on strike, frustration is growing among customers who’ve been forced to wait for phone or Internet repairs. 

Brian Allen of South Pomfret says he and his wife lost phone and Internet service Oct. 29. He says they didn’t get their phone back until this week but he says it’ll be another five to ten days before their Internet is restored. 


Backcountry ski enthusiasts will meet in Rochester tonight to brainstorm how to better organize the state’s growing backcountry community, expand trail options and work on rules of the trail.

Rose Kennedy narrowly defeated incumbent Marc Brierre in the race for Rutland state’s attorney. The final, unofficial results showed Kennedy with 51.3 percent of the vote compared to 48.6 percent for Brierre.

Kennedy spent seven years as a prosecutor in Chittenden County where she specialized in severe child abuse and sexual assault cases.

If you’re a fan of Korean kimchi, beer, hard cider, or sauerkraut - then you might want to head to Green Mountain College Saturday. Experts and vendors will be on hand to share and celebrate the art of fermentation.

Scientifically, fermentation is the metabolic process that converts sugars to acids, gases and-or alcohol.  There’s a lot more to it than that, but we’ll leave the science there for now.

Peter James Italia has been posting on Facebook throughout October about the trip he took to Guinea, where he claimed he hoped to “to join in the fight against the spread of the ‪#‎Ebola virus and to help those who have been stricken.”

WCAX TV has identified a man now in quarantine for possible exposure to the Ebola virus in West Africa as Peter Italia of Rutland. But questions remain about why he went to such a high-risk area and what his intentions were. Several local residents say they know Italia, and are worried about him.

Nina Keck / VPR

State’s Attorney races are often among the more ho-hum campaigns each election season. But this year, several incumbents face strong challenges, including Rutland’s State’s Attorney Marc Brierre.

Brierre has worked as a state prosecutor in Rutland for more than 30 years and was appointed to lead the office in 2009 by then-governor Jim Douglas. 

Douglas has lauded what he calls Brierre’s principled leadership and has encouraged voters to re-elect the 63-year old military veteran.

Thousands of people, many in costume, will line the streets of Rutland Saturday night for the city’s 55th annual Halloween Parade.

Members of Drum Journeys of Earth, perennial crowd favorites in their skeleton costumes, will lead the parade again, dancing and drumming their way down the street.

Rutland Police Chief James Baker has announced he’ll step down at the end of the year to take a job as Director of Law Enforcement and Support for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, in Alexandria, Virginia.

The 58-year-old police chief says he's looking forward to new opportunities and challenges in the Washington, D.C. area and a job that he says won’t keep him in the public spotlight handling crisis on a 24-hour basis.

If states were graded for their work on infrastructure, Vermont would earn a C. That’s according to a report released by the American Society of Civil Engineers that recently assessed the state’s roads, bridges, dams, landfills and waterworks.  For comparison, the nation as a whole earned a D+.

While Vermont has made progress with roads and bridges, the report indicates waste-water and drinking water infrastructure is still woefully outdated and underfunded.