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, 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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In Rutland County, the race for state Senate has heated up. While the three incumbents are well-known Republicans, three democrats and an independent are vying to unseat them.

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This summer, Porter Medical Center's board of directors announced that the hospital may become a partner of the University of Vermont Health Network. The announcement comes after Porter's financial issues and layoffs made news back in February, though the current interim CEO says now that Porter is in the process of "rebuilding."

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Following the destruction and torrential flooding in Haiti from Hurricane Matthew, a Rutland-based nonprofit is ramping up its efforts there to provide clean water.

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Falling leaves and grey skies may have been the backdrop for gardeners recently, but the frost will hold off a bit longer, so the garden season isn't over yet! 

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Miro Weinberger took office in 2012 and has now served as mayor of Burlington for over four years. We’re talking with Mayor Weinberger about the big issues facing Vermont's largest city - including the debate over downtown development, the affordable housing crunch, the school system, policing and more. 

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There might just be two types of people in this world: those who can't stand the thought of eating an oyster and those who would go to the ends of the earth for a bite of one of these tasty little morsels. This show will appeal to the latter.

With fall already here and winter coming, it's the time of year many people start thinking about using their fireplaces or woodstoves. But what about those individuals who help make sure the chimney is in proper working order?

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Across the country and here in Vermont, police body cameras and the footage that they capture are spurring big debates: over transparency, privacy, the use of force and when and how footage should be released.

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Rutland will become Vermont’s newest refugee resettlement community - that’s according to the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, the organization that will head up the effort in Rutland.

Bethel will be testing various downtown improvement projects this weekend, with the hope that a do-it-yourself makeover will lead to longer term revitalization of its city center. 

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The prices that dairy farmers get for milk are down this summer. Economists will tell you it's supply and demand, and there's a lot of milk being produced in the U.S. and around the world. But the picture is complicated for Vermont farms that are trying to respond to the market.

Poet and University of Vermont professor Major Jackson was announced as the winner of this year's Vermont Book Award on Saturday night at a gala at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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Ever wonder what's going on in your teenager's mind? You may be about to find out a lot more. The University of Vermont is taking a leading role in a massive national study into the developing brains of 10,000 adolescents.

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Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras did not violate the city’s charter in his quest to make Rutland the state’s newest refugee resettlement community, according to a 26-page report by Rutland City Attorney Charles Romeo.

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The Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus are officially under new ownership. For the Mitchell family that owned the papers, the sale marks the end of an era that that spanned three generations and seven decades.  

Married political pundits Mary Matalin and James Carville will be at Rutland’s Paramount Theatre Sunday. It’s the latest in a 14-month series aimed at boosting civic engagement during the presidential race.

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Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras wants members of the city’s Board of Aldermen to make public the results of a formal review of his conduct.

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Rutland residents are still waiting to hear if their city will become Vermont’s newest refugee resettlement community. An announcement from the State Department is expected any day.

Meanwhile, both sides of the controversial issue have been hard at work.

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This fall, more than 20 million students are expected to attend college in the United States. For first-year students and their parents, it's an especially exciting and bittersweet time.

For parents who have not been to college themselves, however, it can be confusing and unclear how best to be supportive. And for parents who may be too involved with their kids – the so-called "helicopter parents" – it can be hard to let go.

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Researchers are starting to take a closer look at what people are posting on social media and why – and they are finding some interesting things.