Ric Cengeri

Vermont Edition Producer

Ric is a Vermont Edition producer. Prior to joining VPR in 2007, Ric was the morning show host at WNCS in Montpelier. Before that, he hosted the morning show at WOXY in Oxford, Ohio.

Interwoven with his radio experience, Ric has been a senior copy writer and account supervisor for McGuire & Associates, a Florida-based advertising agency. He has also taught media writing classes at Miami University.

An expert in polo and British soccer, Ric holds a B.S. from the University of Dayton and an M.S. from St. Thomas University.

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Gov. Phil Scott is up for re-election this year, facing opposition in the GOP primary. He joins "Vermont Edition" to outline why he should return to the governor's office.
Chuck Barton / Associated Press

Gov. Phil Scott was elected two years ago with a promise to make Vermont more affordable. He now faces opposition in the Republican primary. We'll hear why the governor believes he deserves a second term in Montpelier.

UVM Medical Center nurses spent two days striking last week. We'll hear about where negotiations between the union and hospital now stand.
Ari Snider / VPR

The nurses union at UVM Medical Center went on a two-day strike last week after their contract expired and no new agreement was reached. We'll hear from both sides about the negotiations taking place on a new three-year contract.

Henry and wife Joanna Weinstock shared their story with VPR's Ric Cengeri.
Ric Cengeri / VPR

Jericho's Henry Weinstock survived the Nazi occupation of Belgium during World War II before coming to the U.S. with his father in 1946. The son of a secular Jewish family, he credits his survival during the war as much to the compassion of Belgian nuns as to sheer luck.

Cyclists participating in the 2017 Prouty. Walking, running, rowing, and volunteering are among the ways to take part in the annual cancer fundraiser.
Dan Grossman / Maple Leaf Photos, courtesy

The Prouty began humbly enough 37 years ago, when just four nurses raised $4,000 during a 100-mile trek through the White Mountains. They were doing it to honor an inspiring cancer patient, Audrey Prouty. Now the annual event is New Hampshire's largest charity fundraiser, drawing thousands to Hanover each July and raising more than $33 million.

Vermonters played an important role at Gettysburg during the Civil War.
Ron Zanzoni / Flickr

In the recent Legislative session, a resolution was passed to preserve Camp Letterman in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. We'll look at why this battlefield location was so important to Vermont soldiers and how it played a key role in the Civil War.

The former Everett Mansion on the campus of the Southern Vermont College is one of the state's architectural gems.
Courtesy of Southern Vermont College

The list of Vermont's architectural gems include the Statehouse, numerous unique barns and its iconic New England church buildings. But Southern Vermont College in Bennington is home to another structure that should be on the list: The Orchard House. 

Wine doesn't have to be intimidating. Listen and learn more about the various varieties and how to pair it with dishes.
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With so many varieties and pairings, choosing a wine can be pretty intimidating. That's why Vermont Edition sat down with two wine experts to demystify the world of wine.

With the Vermont black bear population up, bear sightings have doubled since last year.
Robert Cicchetti / iStock

Summer offers Vermonters a great chance to get closer to nature. But sometimes nature gets a bit too close to us. With black bear sightings in the state more than doubling since last year, Vermont Edition looks at how you can make sure your yard isn't attracting them.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, the most senior member of the Senate Judiciary committee, is expressing strong concerns about President Trump's new Supreme Court nominee, appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh
Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press

On the practice of separating children from parents for people crossing the southern border illegally, Sen. Patrick Leahy has said, "We need to ensure that the 2,500 children already separated are promptly reunited with their families. We must be clear that mass incarceration of families is not the answer — alternatives exist that have proven to be effective, less costly and more humane." Sen. Leahy joins Vermont Edition to discuss his ideas on the topic.

As a farmer, Kyle Doda often wakes up before sunrise to work sometimes until after the sun sets.
Ric Cengeri / VPR

Anyone can roll out of bed on Saturday morning and stroll down to their local farmers market. But the farmers whose produce makes the market possible have to set their alarms for a bit earlier.

Close up of a teal dragonfly's eyes
Macroworld / iStock

They're out there, again. Bees, borers and butterflies. Dragonflies, damselflies and dobsonflies. And now Vermont Edition is ready to get up close and personal with all of them.

Hannah Weiss installing automated temperature sensors on a snow pile at Craftsbury Outdoor Center.
Paul Bierman / The University of Vermont

In the heat of summer, snow is the last thing you’d expect to find in the Vermont woods. But at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center this summer, that’s exactly what you’ll find — after a bit of digging — that is.

Suicide rates have increased both nationally and in Vermont over the past decades.
CDC

New data show a sharp rise in the nationwide suicide rate, and Vermont's rate is significantly above the national average.

There's also a growing national awareness of the scope of suicide as a serious widespread public health problem.

The new vaccine for shingles is significantly more effective and long-lasting.
Esben-H / iStock

There's a new vaccine available for shingles, a disease caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. It's significantly more effective, and for a longer length of time, than the old vaccine. And if you're an adult between the ages of 50 and 64, the state will pay for you to get it.

Vermont has no shortage of talented athletes engaging in compelling competitions this summer. But do you know where to see these athletes run, row and ride? We’re looking at Vermont's summer sports and the games, matches and other opportunities to see athletes perform this season. 

We're talking about the history of butter and checking in with some local Vermont buttermakers.
Pauline Mak / Flickr

It may seem like a simple food staple - something to make bread a little more interesting - but butter has a long and surprising history. Think Irish bogs, Tibetan butter sculptors and the decades-long PR battle between butter and margarine.

We're talking to the author of a new history of butter, and checking in with some Vermont buttermakers perfecting the craft.

Castleton University has faced layoffs, one of the moves made by the Vermont State Colleges System to combat falling enrollments.
Lisa Rathke / Associated Press

Colleges throughout Vermont and New England are facing falling enrollments and rising costs. We're talking about how Vermont state colleges are dealing with this challenging combination.

A member of the College of St. Joseph esports team during practice.
College of St. Joseph, Courtesy

As video games like League of Legends and Fortnite have grown in popularity, so have competitions involving these games. Now the College of St. Joseph in Rutland has added esports to its athletic roster, alongside the likes of soccer, basketball and volleyball. Despite the school's struggles with enrollment and plans to avoid closure, the program has now added a new esports arena.

Sonny Brown, 86, of East Dover, Vermont.
Ric Cengeri / VPR

Over the last couple of months, we have been in the search for the most interesting Vermonters. We've met a 106-year-old from Townshend and a man in Charlotte who grows and gives away 10,000 roses every year.

E-cigarettes like the Juul have caught on with teens in a big way, and schools have been struggling to keep up. We'll talk about vaping's new popularity, and the health issues involved.
Steven Senne / AP

The popularity of vaping among young people is sounding alarm bells for educators and health professionals, as trendy e-cigarettes like the Juul are becoming a more common sight in middle and high schools. We're talking about where the rise in this behavior is coming from, the health issues at stake and what schools and the state are doing in response.

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