Peter Biello


Peter was a Producer/Announcer at VPR until 2015. He began his public radio career in 2007 at WHQR-FM in Wilmington, North Carolina where 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.

Congressman Peter Welch has introduced legislation that’s designed to make electric vehicles more affordable for consumers.

A new medical information sharing network called the Vermont Health Information Exchange makes it easier for doctors to learn about their patients.

The city of Montpelier is looking for community input for a new transit and welcome center. 

Bennington College has inaugurated its 10th president.

A new medical information-sharing network is designed to improve the quality and efficiency of health care in Vermont by making it easier for doctors to learn about their patients. But privacy advocates and some of the doctors that are supposed to use the technology are concerned that the system is too open to abuse. The Vermont Senate will consider a $1.4 billion spending plan today for the next fiscal year.  A plan to begin construction of a new bus station in downtown Burlington is on track to begin within the next year.

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Public Post reports on community priorities set in Vergennes; a search for vernal pools in Cornwall; and events to involve the Montpelier community in plans for a transit and welcome center at One Taylor Street.

Here's a sampling of the week's Public Post Twitter updates from Middlebury, Elmore, Londonderry, Walingford and more:

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Vermont’s problem with heroin and opiate abuse has been making headlines lately. At Middlebury College, the campus newspaper has been focusing on a different drug problem: Adderall use among students.

The Vermont House has passed a measure calling for a study of marijuana legalization.

A national program that provides scholarships and debt forgiveness to medical students has brought more than ten new doctors to underserved areas in Vermont recently.

The Newport city development review board has approved plans to build a biotechnology facility.

A petition to build a cellular tower in Putney has been filed with the state, despite mixed feelings on the project from local officials.

The VT Tax Department says there’s been a significant increase in the number of Vermonters targeted by a tax fraud scheme. Local film-makers will get a chance to show their work this weekend at White River Indie Festival. VPR’s Charlotte Albright previews one of those films, about a defunct brickyard in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

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Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods as such, setting up a war between the U.S. food industry and an American public that overwhelmingly approves of the idea.

Plainfield resident and teacher Kerrin McCadden is the winner of the 2013 New Issues Poetry Prize for her book, Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes. The collection features poems that tackle the feelings of emptiness that follow divorce, the trials of parenting, and the connection to a place that can be called "home."

Broadcast on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7:49 a.m.

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Several national companies that offer small loans at high interest rates have agreed to refund money to more than one thousand Vermont borrowers. The agreement is the result of a lawsuit brought by the Vermont Attorney General against companies illegally offering what are called ‘payday’ loans. The Vermont House has taken a final, and resounding, vote to pass a bill that's likely to make Vermont the first state with a labeling requirement for genetically modified foods.

According to a recent survey, chief executive officers of many of Vermont's largest employers are generally optimistic about the economy. Thirty-seven Vermont buildings will share more than half a million dollars in state preservation grants. Vermont Ski Areas Association says five ski resorts will remain open this weekend, with three planning to offer skiing and riding into May.

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Public Post reports on a debate in Hinesburg over what to do with the old police station; signs of spring in towns around the Green Mountain State; and seasonal micro-parks in the works for downtown Montpelier.

Here's a sampling of the week's Public Post Twitter updates from Elmore, Franklin, Newfane, Weathersfield and more:

It’s unlikely that governor Peter Shumlin will face a challenger from the Progressive Party in the November election.

The latest unemployment statistics show Vermont now has the second lowest unemployment rate in the country.

A fire has destroyed a sugar house in the Vermont town of Swanton.


Public Post reports on a new marketing campaign for Southern Vermont; transportation topics in Quechee, Mount Holly and Rutland; and voters heading back to the polls for a school renovation bond vote in Wallingford.

Here's a sampling of the week's Public Post Twitter updates from Halifax, South Hero, Colchester, Middlebury and more:

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today that he has appointed Tommy Walz of Barre to fill the seat in the Vermont House of Representatives that had been held by Rep. Tess Taylor.

Vermont State Police have identified two officers shot by Timothy Foley of Leicester.

A small number of businesses in Vermont are now taking payments with the crypto-currency Bitcoin.

Prospects appear to be dimming for big changes this year in how Vermont governs and pays for its public schools.

Two solar panel manufacturers are asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to place tariffs on imported solar panels. But solar developers and installers across the country say a tariff would slow grow and cost jobs in the the industry.
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Public Post reports on the results of the 2013 Vermont Home Energy Challenge; efforts to open food coops in Barre and Morrisville; and municipal solar projects planned for Waitsfield and Warren.

Here's a sampling of the week's Public Post Twitter updates from Barnet, Hartford, Pawlet, Swanton and more:

That’s the sound of Chittenden County Transportation Authority buses running again this morning after a nearly three-week long strike has ended with the approval of a new contract. State officials and the contractor building Vermont Health Connect have reached an agreement that sets a new schedule for launching missing functions and includes additional financial penalties for missed deadlines. A Vermont senate committee has unanimously approved a genetically modified food labeling bill. Officials in Brattleboro say a shooting happened at a hotel, and that it involved police.

Earlier this week, Burlington's Development Review Board rejected a proposed project that would have brought 115 units of Champlain College housing to the city's downtown.

April Burbank of the Burlington Free Press has been following the story, and speaks with VPR's Peter Biello for our Friday Regional Report..

President Obama yesterday afternoon signed a bill into law that will provide an additional $126 million for pediatric cancer research over the next 10 years.

A foster family that’s suing Vermont officials over a botched bedbug extermination, says they’re not getting enough answers about ongoing cleanup efforts at their Rutland City house.

The bus drivers for the Chittenden County Transportation Authority are meeting this afternoon to vote on whether or not they’ll accept an agreement reached earlier today to end the strike.  The Vermont Health Department has issued an emergency rule to restrict how health care providers prescribe certain pain killers.
More than 50 experts and officials met in Putney yesterday to plan a national conference for regions and states facing nuclear plant closings.

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When you mention head lice to most parents, many have an emotional reaction or horror story to share. But the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that schools end the practice of sending kids with lice home from school.

Dr. Barbara Frankowski, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Vermont was the lead author of the study the policy was based on.