Peter Biello

Producer/Announcer

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.

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Middlebury's former Lazarus Department Store has been leveled and will become a pop-up pocket park. Three Vermont communities are semifinalists for Georgetown University's Energy Prize. Submissions are open for Montpelier's PoemCity and Randolph's PoemTown National Poetry Month projects, in April.

Mount Holly residents are fundraising to replace the Star Lake dam this spring. The first U.S. Winter Swimming Championships will be held in Lake Memphremagog at the end of February.

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Salman Rushdie is best known as the author of the novels The Satanic Verses and Midnight's Children. His book, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, is this year's selection for Vermont Reads, a statewide  community reading project sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council.
 

Rushdie spoke at the University of Vermont as part of the launch of this year's Vermont Reads program. Introduced by poet Major Jackson, he discussed the art of storytelling and freedom of speech and shared stories from his career as a writer.

Act 250, Vermont's land use law, has been in the news again lately. The town of Ferrisburgh is raising questions about the process after a second deal to sell a town-owned parcel to a developer has fallen through.

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation issues a water quality certification regarding the future operations of Green Mountain Power’s hydroelectric project in Waterbury. Many wooded trails are closed due to downed trees and debris. Vermont State Parks offer First Day Hikes. Colchester is asking local artists to submit design ideas for creative bicycle racks.

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This holiday season, many make long journeys to spend time with their families. For parents with children in the armed forces, such holiday reunions aren’t always possible. A group of military mothers are mending their empty nests by reaching out to veterans in need of a family of sorts — those who are homeless and living in transitional housing.

Some organizations who support Gov. Peter Shumlin's decision to back away from single-payer health care say there are other health care reform efforts that could have a positive impact on medical costs. 

Tom Torti, president and CEO of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, is one of those watching the health care reform efforts closely. As part of the governor's business advisory council, Torti said he has seen various scenarios for how to fund single payer and was worried about the price tag.

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Vermonters are reacting to the news that Governor Peter Shumlin won't move forward with the implementation of a single payer health care system.

Doctor Deb Richter, the chair of Vermont Health Care for All, said she's disappointed by the governor's decision, but said it could lead to an opportunity to do things in a different way, noting she has advocated for incremental reform.
 

The White House Names Montpelier a Climate Action Champion. Students in Putney and Wolcott learn about community and share what they know. The 115th annual Christmas Bird Count starts this weekend.

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The U.S. Department of Veterans affairs offers great medical care, but its customer service needs improvement. That was the word from many veterans who attended an open forum on Friday about Vermont’s VA health care system.

All veterans who spoke praised the medical care they received, but some complained about phone calls that weren’t returned, or alleged rudeness on the part of VA clinic staff.

Todd Alexander is a veteran from Milton. He says the care he’s received at the VA has been good, but overall the VA needs better management.

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