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. 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.

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Vermont Edition
2:44 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Student Artwork On Display At Chaffee Gallery

Acyrlic painting of an angel by Rutland High School senior Paige Prouty
Nina Keck

The artwork on display this month at the Chaffee Art Gallery in Rutland ranges in style from African masks and ceramic animals to digital art, photography and acrylic paintings. One thing the artworks do have one thing in common, however, is that all the contributing artists are students.

Abigail Tamboer, is a 17-year old senior at Rutland High School. She stands in front of a whimsical painting that looks like it could have been taken from a children’s book.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Middle School Alumni Return To Make Music

Music Director Glendon Ingalls (in purple shirt with trumpet) leads the Rutland Town School Alumni Band during a recent rehearsal. The band will perform Friday evening, March 28th in an annual fundraising concert.
Nina Keck

Some people might prefer to forget middle school. But for many graduates of Rutland Town Elementary, middle school was the first time they picked up a trumpet, trombone or drum sticks. And many have wonderful memories of playing with the school band, so much so that dozens of Rutland Town alumni come back to the school every year at this time to make music together again.

About twenty alumni will raise their instruments Friday evening at this year’s Jazz Bistro concert at the Rutland Town School.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

The Power Of Eminent Domain

In 2010, the Federal Goverment considered using eminent domain to expand a border crossing station on the Rainville family farm in Morses Line.
Alden Pellett AP

As you traverse the state on one of our interstates, you can thank the concept of eminent domain. And much of the power you use gets to you because of projects that were cleared using it.

But that also means someone had to give up all or part of their property to make these projects happen. And they were compensated because of the Fifth Amendment in the United States Constitution.

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Vermont Edition
3:09 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Cold Temps Slow Down Start For Maple Season

Now that March has rolled around, many of us are beginning to long for spring. But the snow is falling heavily today and more bitter cold will follow it.  That means sugarmakers around the state are in a waiting game.

Matt Gordon is the executive director of the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association.  He spoke with Vermont Edition about when the season will start in earnest.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

It's Not Your Grandparents' Labor Union

Judy Taylor, a TWA flight attendant based in New York, sums up the sentiments of thousands of stranded travelers as she sits on her baggage at Boston's Logan Airport, July 8, 1966, after the start of the nationwide strike of five major airlines.
Bob Daugherty AP

A potential bus drivers strike and a new union for home health care workers are just two of the stories that have recently raised the profile of organized labor in Vermont. But unions have significantly fewer members now than at their peak in the 1950s, and their organizing strategies have also changed.

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Vermont Edition
4:07 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Food Assistance Program Struggles After Farm Bill Cuts

The new Farm Bill was signed into law a little over a month ago. It includes $8.9 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps. Those $8.9 billion come from eliminating a loophole known as “heat and eat”, which tied food benefits to heating assistance. That loophole was only used in 17 states, including Vermont. And those states are now trying to find ways to fill the gap in food assistance funding.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Don't Ask, Won't Pay: Women Negotiating For Higher Salaries

People gather on the steps of the Statehouse for a rally on National Equal Pay Day in 1999.
Toby Talbot AP

When asked to choose a metaphor to describe the salary negotiation process, women pick "going to the dentist." Most men choose "winning a ballgame." In Vermont, women still make on average 87 percent of what their male colleagues do. Perhaps that’s partly because they’re not asking for more?

We’ll talk to Cheryl Hanna, Vermont Law School Professor, and Cary Brown, executive director of The Vermont Commission on Women, about pay equity and what women can do to be better negotiators.

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Vermont Edition
1:58 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

The Beerworth Sisters Live On Vermont Edition

The Beerworth Sisters, Anna Pepin (ctr) Julia Beerworth and Tim Swanson
VPR/Angela Evancie

The Beerworth Sisters share a passion for acoustic guitar and beautiful melodies. Their music is a mix of folk, country and classic rock with an earthy flare.

They recently visited the VPR performance studio in Colchester to play some tracks from their debut album, Simple Things for Vermont Edition.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Toddler's Death Leaves Unanswered Questions For State

Secretary of the Agency of Human Services Doug Racine, pictured here in a file photo. AHS oversees the department of state government that investigates child abuse.
Toby Talbot AP

Rutland County is reeling from the death of Dezirae Sheldon, a two-year old in Poultney. Her step-father Dennis Duby faces murder charges, and some community members are outraged that the child wasn’t removed from the family’s custody sooner. 

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Analysis
1:52 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Analysis: The Legislative Session At Crossover

Vermont lawmakers are spending this week at home for Town Meeting.  The break marks the half-way point of the legislative session.

VPR’s Bob Kinzel talked with Vermont Edition about where key pieces of legislation are currently in the lawmaking process.

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