Steve Zind

Senior Reporter & Special Projects Producer

Steve has been with VPR since 1994, first serving as host of VPR’s public affairs program and then as a reporter, based in Central Vermont. Many VPR listeners recognize Steve for his special reports from Iran, providing a glimpse of this country that is usually hidden from the rest of the world. Prior to working with VPR, Steve served as program director for WNCS for 17 years, and also worked as news director for WCVR in Randolph. A graduate of Northern Arizona University, Steve also worked for stations in Phoenix and Tucson before moving to Vermont in 1972. Steve has been honored multiple times with national and regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for his VPR reporting, including a 2011 win for best documentary for his report, Afghanistan's Other War.

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On August 28, 2011, Tropical Storm Irene brought torrential rain and historic flooding to Vermont. The storm stranded thousands behind washed out roads, destroyed dozens of homes, and changed the landscape of Vermont.

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Central to the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders was a critique of the role of money in politics, especially large donations from wealthy individuals to help candidates who support their policies or principles.

Clearly, millions of people agree with Sanders and supported him, yet more and more money – including "dark money" from undisclosed donors – is pouring into politics in the hope of influencing elections.

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says despite resignations by a number of staff members of the newly-formed political organization Our Revolution, he’s confident the group will advance his agenda. 

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The state of financial literacy in America could use some improvement. How do Vermonters stack up? We're looking at financial literacy in our state. 

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Families have spent countless hours playing Monopoly, Sorry, and Chutes and Ladders. And while those games are timeless, board games and table-top games have evolved and have seen a resurgence.

Motor vehicles are the most significant in-state source of air pollutants in Vermont. Older diesel engines are among the biggest culprits, spewing unhealthy particulates and greenhouse gases.

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Earlier this year, the board of directors of Quimby Country decided to close the 122-year-old Northeast Kingdom destination. Now, a newly-elected board says the place that bills itself as “Vermont’s oldest sporting camp” will reopen in 2017.  

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This year the Northern Forest Canoe Trail marked the 10th anniversary of its official opening.

The Vermont Supreme Court has cleared the way for a gasoline price fixing suit to proceed. 

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Data collected by the state police point to racial disparities in traffic stops – and apparently the number of incidents is rising — in spite of increased attention to the issue.

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Chittenden County Senator David Zuckerman will face former state senator and state auditor Republican Randy Brock in the lieutenant governor’s race in November.  

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Central Vermont residents might remember Happy Herb the plumber. He spent 45 years climbing under sinks and fixing leaky pipes. But a decade ago, Herb Heath closed his business.

The Vermont Supreme Court has dismissed a case against a person acting as a jailhouse lawyer. The state was pursuing criminal charges against Serendipity Morales, who helped fellow inmates draft court motions.  

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Those who have lived nearly exclusively in Vermont are less likely to support refugee resettlement in their community than those who have lived a significant part of their lives elsewhere.

A lack of rain in recent months has led to abnormally dry conditions in much of the state.  

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When Vermonters were asked about issues facing the state in the recent VPR poll, there were sometimes wide differences of opinion. But people overwhelming agreed that opiate addiction is a serious issue.

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A new VPR poll shows Vermonters are divided over resettling refugees here, with significant numbers on both sides of the issue. It's the first time a VPR poll has surveyed residents on the issue.

Much of the focus is on the convention hall speakers at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, but delegates are also hearing from party figures in more intimate, informal settings.

The state’s secretary of commerce and community development has been appointed interim president of Vermont Technical College.

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The idea of youth flight from Vermont seems like an article of faith. Everyone knows young people who have left the state for college, for jobs and for a different lifestyle. But it turns out the numbers show nearly as many young people are coming to Vermont as leaving.

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