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. 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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In the Rutland area, the name Lenny Burke is well known to many. But thanks to a new book by Yvonne Daley, called A Bend in the Road, Lenny Burke's remarkable story of overcoming a traumatic brain injury is being rediscovered by a whole new generation. And many are only just now realizing the tremendous impact Burke and his mother Emmie have had on T.B.I. treatment in Vermont and beyond.

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Germany may have a woman chancellor, but more than two-thirds of German businesses have no women in a senior role. It’s not much better in the United States. According to a study by the Grant Thornton International Business Report, of 45 countries, the U.S. ranked ninth from last when it came to women in top managerial positions – well behind Russia, Indonesia, Latvia and Peru.

You might think things are better in Vermont. But of the 99 largest employers in the state, just 15 percent are headed by women. 

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Proctor born singer and songwriter Caitlin Canty will perform on Saturday in West Rutland. Canty just finished her first tour of Europe and is coming home to celebrate the release of her latest album, Reckless Skyline.

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Three different art galleries in Rutland and Castleton will simultaneously showcase the work of local artist Richard Weis, paying tribute to his 50-year career.

J.C.Penney will close its stores in Rutland and St. Albans in early April. The two Vermont locations are among 40 stores the Texas-based national chain plans to close.

Joey Thomas, a spokesman for J.C.Penney, called the closures a necessary business decision. “We continually evaluate our store portfolio to determine whether there’s a need to close or relocate underperforming stores. Reviews such as these are essential in meeting our long-term goals for future company growth,” he said in a statement.


Incoming Rutland County State's Attorney Rose Kennedy hasn't officially taken the helm from incumbent Marc Brierre yet, but that doesn't mean she hasn't gotten to work.

To unseat incumbent Brierre in November, Kennedy touted her experience as a prosecutor in Chittenden County, where she specialized in severe child abuse and sexual assault cases.

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The funeral for long time Rutland dance instructor Lorraine Gilbert – better known as Miss Lorraine – will be held Wednesday. Gilbert died at home Friday at the age of 85. 

Lorraine Gilbert was born in Rutland County in 1929 and always loved to dance. She ran a dance studio briefly in France in the 1950s while her husband was stationed there with the Air Force. She also ran a studio in Oklahoma.

But she left her biggest mark in Rutland, opening Miss Lorraine’s School of Dance there in the late 1960s.

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Vermonters interested in pursuing a career as a physician assistant have always had to get their training outside the state. But that may change next year, if the College of St. Joseph’s in Rutland is able to launch the state’s first graduate PA program.

Physician assistants are midlevel health providers that typically practice medicine alongside a supervising physician.

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City officials in Rutland say a strong private-public partnership has helped transform one of the city’s major corridors from an eyesore to a thriving downtown business district.

Brennan Duffy, executive director of the Rutland Redevelopment Authority, remembers how it used to look.

“When I got came here a little over three years ago, that entire block was really just empty store fronts," he said. 

He was talking about the downtown segment of West Street, a major east-west corridor through the city.