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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The obituaries have long been a popular section of the local newspaper. For readers deaths mark milestones in a community, and for many newspapers obituaries are a source of revenue in an era when ad sales are in decline.  

A new website in Vermont hopes to offer an online alternative, but the newspaper obituary is not likely to disappear anytime soon, despite the fact that newspapers are slowly embracing the Internet.

A California company that supplies natural gas for commercial transportation has purchased controlling interest in NG Advantage of Colchester and Milton.

Clean Energy Fuels serves customers whose fleets are powered by natural gas.

NG Advantage LLC delivers natural gas to large users in New England and New York State. The company serves customers who are beyond the reach of natural gas pipelines.

From gasoline to heating oil and propane, fuel prices in Vermont are lower than they were a year ago. The decline in prices will likely mean lower heating bills and less expensive fill-ups during the coming winter.

According to Chicago-based GasBuddy.com, a clearinghouse of real time information on gas prices across the country, on Tuesday the price for a gallon of regular unleaded varied in Vermont from a low of $3.18 in Rutland to a high of $3.69 in Derby.

FairPoint Communications has opened a new 11,000 square foot technology hub in Burlington in hopes of attracting start-up businesses in need of space and services. 

The company hopes the facility will also create a new revenue stream and help Fairpoint re-brand itself.

The state will hold two hearings beginning this week to gather public input on the fiscal year 2016 state budget.

The forums will be held at Vermont Interactive Technologies sites around the state. The sites will be linked via closed circuit television.

Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding will host the hearings alongside Jim Reardon, the commissioner of the Department of Finance and Management.

Talking turkey is more than an expression for hunters who take to the woods for their dinner. To bag a tom or a hen turkey, you need speak their language. 

Listen to these tips from Phil Salzano, Vermont's reigning state champion turkey caller.

Last November, a group of Vermont colleges announced the formation of a consortium to promote food and farming education in the state. 

The idea is to attract worldwide attention to Vermont as a place to learn about agriculture and food systems. 

Next summer the group will put that idea to a test.

Still in the early stages, the Vermont Higher Education Food Systems Consortium isn’t trying to create something new. 

Approximately 45,000 Vermonters will be on the receiving end of a settlement reached with AT&T in which the company has agreed to compensate cellular phone customers for unauthorized charges to their bills.

The settlement is part of a larger agreement reached with the federal government, all 50 states and the District of Columbia to return fees resulting from a practice known as ‘cramming’.

Burlington-based Seventh Generation is embarking on a more aggressive effort to acquire other companies. A $30 million investment from the London-based Generation Investment Management Fund co-founded by former vice president Al Gore will allow Seventh Generation to help pay for the effort.

Seventh Generation CEO John Replogle says acquisitions mark a new phase for the 26-year-old company.  He says the shift comes at a time when the economy is strengthening.

It’s been a dizzying week for the people involved with the Burlington-based social media site Ello. Worldwide media coverage of the site, which is being touted as a more private and less profit driven alternative to Facebook, has exploded.

The attention is bringing Ello tens of thousands of new subscribers every hour and the pace shows no signs of slowing.

It has also been a busy time for FreshTracks Capital, the Vermont firm that is financing Ello’s growth.

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