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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Castleton University has been steadily expanding its art footprint in downtown Rutland. To shine a light on all the new art, the college will begin new guided art walks in downtown Rutland on Saturday afternoons starting Nov. 28.

Courtesy of the Housing Trust of Rutland County

With Vermont’s population aging, there’s a growing need for affordable senior housing. A nonprofit in Rutland is trying to address that by reusing existing community buildings.

Rutland’s historic Watkins School was built in 1897 and oozes charm with arched windows and a stately red brick façade.

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Donald Shedd stood in his Wallingford kitchen and pointed to a bright red baseball cap he planned to wear in Washington, D.C. "That’s my hat," said Shedd proudly. "First Marine Division, Guadalcanal."

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A dramatic, life-size drawing of downtown Rutland now has a permanent home in the city thanks to a new gallery operated by Castleton University.

The college already operates one art gallery in Rutland - on Center Street - near the Paramount Theatre.  Now, Castleton is opening another, adjacent to it’s downtown Rutland campus and polling institute.   

Rutland-based Casella Waste Systems has fended off a hostile takeover bid.

Houston-based JCP Investment Management announced Wednesday that it has withdrawn its candidates for the board of directors at Casella.

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Ongoing efforts to improve housing stock in downtown Rutland got a much-needed boost Monday.

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A shareholder vote for three seats on the corporate board of Casella Waste Systems has stirred up ugly allegations and concerns over a future corporate takeover.

That’s because who will fill those board seats could have major implications for the Rutland-based company.

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Upwards of 10,000 people are expected for Rutland’s 56th annual Halloween parade, Saturday evening. But the 90-minute cavalcade of costumes, floats and candy is just one of many holiday events going on in the city.

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This fall, Wheels to Warmth will operate for the first time in Rutland and local community organizations are thrilled.

Wheels for Warmth was founded in 2005 by then-state senator Phil Scott. In the years since, the program has raised more than $253,000 for emergency fuel assistance and sold more than 12,500 safe donated tires. 

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The August shooting death of Lara Sobel shocked many Vermonters. For the Department for Children and Families, where Sobel worked as a social worker for many years, it was an especially difficult blow.