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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Ryan Mercer / Burlington Free Press / Pool

Earlier this week, in light of the Supreme Court decision, Jack Sawyer’s defense counsel said she hoped to reduce the amount of bail set for her client and renewed her call for a dismissal by asking the judge in Rutland to review his earlier probable cause determination.

But while Superior Judge Thomas Zonay reaffirmed his ruling on Monday that there was probable cause on each of the charges of attempt he seems to have changed his mind.

Ryan Mercer / Burlington Free Press, Pool

Tuesday Jack Sawyer's bail was set at $100,000 after the Vermont Supreme Court overruled an initial decision to deny bail.

The Syrian Scientific Research Center in Damascus, Syria, one of the three targets of the U.S., British and French airstrikes on Syria.
Hassan Ammar / AP

International leaders have been reacting to Friday night’s air strike in Syria. Syrians living in Vermont are also following the situation closely.

Some of the cast of "Our Town," including: Bruce Bouchard, Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman, Glenn Tarbell, Wheaton Squier, Marshall Squier, and front left to right, Megan Bouchard and Rainbow Squier.
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Bruce Bouchard, Executive Director of the Paramount Theatre in Rutland is usually seen on that venue’s grand stage introducing the next act. But this Sunday and next weekend, Bouchard, his wife Kate and daughter Megan will be on a smaller stage with several other local acting families to put on a special workshop performance of “Our Town.”

Vermont Supreme Court in Montpelier.
Lillian Kate Alfin Johnson / VPR/file

The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled that prosecutors did not have enough evidence to hold Jack Sawyer without bail – a ruling that may bolster calls by the defense to dismiss the case. The case has fascinated legal experts who say it is forcing the state to grapple with the difficult issue of when intent to do something becomes an actual crime.

A chrome kitchen sink that is turned off.
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The state of Vermont issued a "Do Not Drink" order to tenants of the Rutland Airport Business Park in Clarendon, following the detection of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the water.

A February 1798 political cartoon portraying Matthew Lyon (holding tongs) attacking Connecticut Congressman Roger Griswold. After Griswold called Lyon a scoundrel, Lyon spat on Griswold's face and their brawl ensued.
Library of Congress American Cartoon Prints Collection / Wikimedia Commons

Vermont history buffs may know the name Matthew Lyon, but a Burlington singer-songwriter hopes to make the rowdy Vermont statesman more of a household name by making him the focus of a full-length musical.

Speakers lined up at the Vermont Statehouse entrance at the "March for Our Lives" on March 24.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

The Vermont Senate has given final approval to a sweeping set of new gun control measures, and Gov. Phil Scott says he will sign the bill, titled S. 55. We're looking at what ended up in the wide-ranging bill. Plus, we'll also look at two more bills relating to guns, H. 422 and S. 221, that the Senate is still debating.

Screenshot from The Winooski

"Locally sourced, organic Vermont satire" — the goal, of The Winooski, according to founder Adam Hall.

A puppy sits and looks sadly at the camera.
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There might be nothing to ever equal the unbridled joy of bringing home a new dog. As the pup races around its new home smelling the thousands of smells that live in its new abode, it's hard not to share the excitement. Then the real work starts — training your new pooch.

An empty school hallway with a row of lockers and a door at the end.
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In light of recent school shootings, there’s been a renewed push for more gun control and more mental health care. And while Vermont lawmakers have passed gun control measures, mental health experts say the problem is more complex than simply more resources.

Dylan Fortin, who's 24 and from Barton, Vermont has been competing in Special Olympics since he was 8. His mother Gail says he loves to re-connect every year with friends.
Nina Keck / VPR

The annual Special Olympics Vermont Winter Games took place at Pico Mountain Resort, with nearly 200 athletes competing this year.

18-year-old Jack Sawyer, of Poultney, enters Rutland Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon wearing handcuffs.
Glenn Russell / Burlington Free Press / Pool

Jack Sawyer, the 18-year-old Poultney man, accused in a thwarted school shooting plot in Fair Haven will continue to be held without bail.

Nearly 40 people attended a Zoning Board of  Adjustment meeting in Pittsford Monday night to find out more about a proposed Dollar General Store that developers hope to build in the town.
Nina Keck / VPR

While many large retailers are struggling, Dollar General, which operates 34 stores in Vermont, is not.

But as the Tennessee-based company plans to open 900 new locations this fiscal year, many local residents in Pittsford, Vermont are fighting to make sure their town is not one.

Castleton University President Karen Scolforo sits in the office she took over in December. Scolforo says she's optomistic the univeristy will be able to correct a budget deficit of $1.5 million the university is currently facing.
Nina Keck / VPR

When Castleton University announced last month it was facing a $1.5 million budget shortfall, it raised concerns in Rutland, where the college has expanded in recent years.

Several Rutland City board of aldermen candidates stand outside one of the city's polling places Tuesday.
Nina Keck / VPR

Only about 24 percent of voters in Rutland City cast ballots Tuesday, but those who did come out approved Rutland’s $52,635,059 school budget and the $21,393,763 municipal budget.

On Sunday, dozens of competitors will take to the slopes at Mount Snow in Vermont for the annual world championship of jack jumping.

Wait. What's a jack jump? Yeah, I wondered that too.

Even as a longtime skier — and Vermont reporter — I had no idea what the snow sport entailed — but I became determined to find out.

After Bartley Costello's death in 1928, his wife Eveylnn, who was pregnant with twins, had to raise their nine children by herself through the Depression. Decades later, family members say it was a defining moment in their families history.
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A new program produced by Rutland's local access PEG-TV is shining a light on the families that have helped shape the city and tell the very personal stories behind some very public people.

A group of friends from the Boston area spends a day at Killington recently.
Nina Keck / VPR

It may be too soon to say how this year’s ski season will ultimately turn out, but for many resorts and related businesses, the weather so far has been a frustrating roller coaster.

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Castleton University is eliminating two prominent positions as part of the university’s budget restructuring process.

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