Peter Biello


Peter began his public radio career in 2007 at WHQR-FM in Wilmington, North Carolina. He served as Morning Edition host and reporter, covering county government and Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base. His work has won several Associated Press awards and has appeared on NPR's All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, and PRI's This American Life. A graduate of the creative writing program at the University of Maine at Farmington, Peter enjoys writing, cooking and traveling.


Arts & Culture
2:13 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Brattleboro Poet Launches 'Brilliant' Debut

Diana Whitney is the author of the new poetry collection, 'Wanting It.'
Courtesy Diana Whitney

Brattleboro resident Diana Whitney's debut collection of poetry, Wanting It, is gathering praise from some of the state’s top poets. Vermont Poet Laureate Sydnea Lea calls it a “brilliant book.” Major Jackson refers to the poems in this collection as “ancient secrets.”

Whitney says the title of the book does not refer to one specific thing.

“It’s the wanting it that’s beautiful, more so than the having,” she says. “If you get what you want, then you don’t get that tremulous longing.”

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Public Post
9:29 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Public Post: Rutland Stormwater, Commerce At Berlin Corners, St. Albans Raid 150th

Rutland Town is drumming up volunteers to spread the word about stormwater pollution. Berlin Mall owners announce a Kohl's department store is part of their plan for Berlin Corners. This fall St. Albans will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the St. Albans Raid.

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Regional Report
6:23 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Regional Report: Investors Tour Chateaugay Prison

Potential investors visited the now closed prison in Chateaugay New York this week. They came at the request of a local Assemblywoman.

Joe LoTemplio has been following that story for the Plattsburgh Press-Republican and spoke with Peter Biello for our Friday Regional Report.

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VPR News
6:08 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

New Fairbanks Museum Director Says 'Surprises Never Cease'

Adam Kane is the Executive Director of the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium.
Adam Kane

One year ago, Adam Kane took over as Executive Director of the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury.

Kane says it’s been a brilliant first year at the helm.

“I think for the first few months, my head spun as I tried to learn all the new names and new faces,” he says.

Kane was hired after former executive director, Charlie Browne, moved on after 34 years on the job. Kane says biggest challenge is fundraising. 

“It’s the day to day grind of making sure you can provide the resources to have great organizations work well,” he says.

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Public Post
7:05 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Public Post: School Ranking Lists, Londonderry Mural, Lamoille State's Attorney Primary

Vermont schools ranked third in the nation in an online list of the country's best and worst school systems this week. A community collaboration brings public art to a busy Londonderry intersection. The race for Lamoille County State's Attorney will likely be decided in this month's primary election.

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Public Post
12:25 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

Public Post: Solar Projects, Property Taxes, One Taylor Street

Community solar projects around Vermont were awarded $442,000 in Clean Energy Development Grant funds this week. Towns across the state are setting property tax rates and mailing out annual tax bills. The final community participation event for the planning of Montpelier's One Taylor Street project has been moved back to September.

Correction, August 4, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.: The FY 2015 tax rate increase in Hinesburg is $0.0085, not $0.85, as was stated in the town's July 24 draft select board meeting minutes and originally reported in this story.

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Night Sky
11:21 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Eye On The Sky Star-Gazing Party

Meteorologist Mark Breen will help us identify the stars in Vermont's night sky.
kamuelaboy Morguefile

Take your radio and a blanket into the backyard and tune in to VPR for our Eye on the Sky Star-Gazing Party.

VPR's Ric Cengeri speaks with Mark Breen, Planetarium Director of the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury. He answers your questions about the stars, planets and constellations. 

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Regional Report
5:30 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Regional Report: South Burlington Considers City Center, And Selling A School

The city of South Burlington has long planned to build a more densely-developed pedestrian-friendly city center.

Now a developer has proposed building it—but the problem is the city would have to sell an elementary school.

April Burbank has been following that story for the Burlington Free Press, and she joined VPR’s Peter Biello for our Friday Regional Report.

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VPR News
10:07 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Writing Workshop Focuses On Addiction Recovery

A writing workshop in Burlington this summer is dedicated to writing and sharing stories of addiction and recovery.
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Writing about a difficult experience can be therapeutic for the writer and informative for those who read the finished product. A writing workshop in Burlington this summer is dedicated to writing and sharing stories of addiction and recovery. Montpelier-based writer Gary Lee Miller speaks about the "Writers for Recovery" workshops. Learn more about the workshops.

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VPR News
6:19 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Donovan Finds No DCF Wrongdoing In Toddler Death

The Department for Children and Families is charged with protecting the state’s most vulnerable population – abused and neglected children.


Yet the department has seen intense scrutiny in recent months because two toddlers that had been in state custody died after alleged physical abuse.

Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan asked the Vermont state police to investigate the latest case: the death of 15-month old Peighton Geraw of Winooski who died hours after being seen by a DCF caseworker.

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