Nina Keck

Reporter

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, working in Washington, D.C., and Germany. While in Germany, she also worked as a stringer for Marketplace. 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. She began her career at Wisconsin Public Radio. 

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According to the Brewers Association, 1.5 new breweries open every day in the United States. This helps grow an industry that’s now valued at nearly $20 billion. With the highest number of craft breweries per capita, Vermont is certainly not exempt from this bustling market.

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If you've read only one thing by author Shirley Jackson, it's almost definitely her short story "The Lottery," a taut narrative about a yearly small-town ritual - with nasty twist. But Jackson had a productive, masterful career beyond "The Lottery." Some might say, two careers.

In 2013, Vermont passed the country's first law against patent scamming, or the improper assertion of patent rights to obtain financial benefits. These entities, commonly known as "patent trolls," are now rebutting by suing the state.

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Small businesses are believed to be the driver of an economic recovery. But how does someone go about raising the capital needed to buy an existing small business or to start a new one? And what about growing a small business when it's time to expand?

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The paintings of Brandon artist Warren Kimble are easily recognizable, even to people who may not know his name. His folk art portraits of plump cats, picturesque barns and stately roosters have been put on everything from greeting cards to salad plates.

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For many kids, summer vacation is a well-deserved break.  But for millions of families who rely on free or reduced priced meals at school, summers can be difficult.   

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Vermont’s Complete Streets Bill was signed into law four years ago to make roadways safer and more user-friendly for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers.

While many applaud the concept, some city leaders in Rutland say the costs of compliance are too high. At the same time, bicycle advocates say more needs to be done to ensure the law is being followed.

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Green Mountain Power officials were in downtown Rutland Tuesday to unveil the first of 12 high-speed electric vehicle chargers they plan to install across the state. 

GMP hopes the new charging stations will encourage more Vermonters to drive electric cars and help ease what’s known as range anxiety for those who already do.

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As schools prepare for summer break, many will say goodbye to beloved, long-serving teachers who are retiring. Among them is Bear Irwin, a music teacher at Mill River Union High School. Irwin entered his first classroom in 1970, and is retiring this year.

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Michael Valentine, long time director of Rutland’s PEG-TV, has stepped down from the community access station. PEG-TV announced Valentine's retirement this week, citing personal health reasons.

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