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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Last week, Casey Family Programs released the latest in a series of reports and investigations examining Vermont’s Department for Children and Families. This follows the death earlier this year of two toddlers who were under state supervision.

Perhaps no DCF district office has come under more scrutiny than Rutland’s, where one of the toddlers, 2-year-old Dezirae Sheldon, had received services.

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David Covell, the former head of the Vermont State Police Detective Bureau, will take over leadership of Rutland City’s police department next month.  

Meanwhile, city officials and local residents have been publicly thanking the outgoing chief, James Baker, for his efforts to reduce crime and fight drugs in the city.

The Rutland South Rotary Club announced they’ll set up a summer camp scholarship program in Baker’s name to provide positive activities for children when school is not in session.

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The Wonderfeet Children’s Museum in Rutland will move into a new, larger space next month. Organizers believe new and better exhibits and expanded hours will make the museum a true destination for the city.

The idea for a children’s museum in Rutland began percolating four years ago when residents at a Creative Economy meeting decided it was something they wanted in their city.

Beginning the very next year, volunteers opened Wonderfeet Children’s Museum in an empty storefront Friday evenings during the city’s summer block party series.

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If you pick up an item in a gift store, chances are, you'll find a little label telling you where it was made. U.S. law requires it for nearly every imported good.

But shop online, and country of origin information is much harder if not impossible to find. 

And that's frustrating some Vermont manufacturers like Ben Clark, CEO of Ann Clark Limited and The American Cookie Cutter Company. The Rutland-based company is the largest cookie cutter manufacturer in North America. 

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Rutland’s popular Gift of Life Blood drive kicked off its new 12-day format today at Castleton State College. Ryan Schmoldt, a donor recruitment manager for the Red Cross, says holding multiple drives will be easier to manage and ensure a steadier supply of blood.

With workers for FairPoint Communications still on strike, frustration is growing among customers who’ve been forced to wait for phone or Internet repairs. 

Brian Allen of South Pomfret says he and his wife lost phone and Internet service Oct. 29. He says they didn’t get their phone back until this week but he says it’ll be another five to ten days before their Internet is restored. 


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Backcountry ski enthusiasts will meet in Rochester tonight to brainstorm how to better organize the state’s growing backcountry community, expand trail options and work on rules of the trail.

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Rose Kennedy narrowly defeated incumbent Marc Brierre in the race for Rutland state’s attorney. The final, unofficial results showed Kennedy with 51.3 percent of the vote compared to 48.6 percent for Brierre.

Kennedy spent seven years as a prosecutor in Chittenden County where she specialized in severe child abuse and sexual assault cases.

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If you’re a fan of Korean kimchi, beer, hard cider, or sauerkraut - then you might want to head to Green Mountain College Saturday. Experts and vendors will be on hand to share and celebrate the art of fermentation.

Scientifically, fermentation is the metabolic process that converts sugars to acids, gases and-or alcohol.  There’s a lot more to it than that, but we’ll leave the science there for now.


Peter James Italia has been posting on Facebook throughout October about the trip he took to Guinea, where he claimed he hoped to “to join in the fight against the spread of the ‪#‎Ebola virus and to help those who have been stricken.”