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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In the past two days the stock market has rebounded from its dramatic decline earlier in the week, but the roller coaster ride may not be over.

The ups and downs have many people looking anxiously at their retirement accounts, and the state is also watching market’s machinations. Vermont has $3.9 billion invested in the pension funds for teachers, state workers and municipal employees.

A statewide series of meetings that began this week is designed to rally members of the faith community to the cause of economic equality.

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Under an agreement announced this week, FairPoint Communications moves a step closer to winning changes to regulations that got the company in trouble for long repair delays in Vermont.

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Almost four years after Tropical Storm Irene, work is nearing completion on the $130 million state office complex in Waterbury. On Thursday, Gov. Peter Shumlin and other state officials toured the site.

As the tour began, Shumlin reminded everyone that budget-wise, reconstructing the Waterbury complex is the largest state government project in Vermont’s history.

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A revised plan to develop land at Exit 4 in Randolph is being panned by those who oppose the project.

Last month, the District 3 Environmental Commission told the developer to submit a more compact plan for a large mixed-use project on 172 acres that includes primary farmland. 

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The Department of Public Service and FairPoint Communications have reached a settlement over service delays and E-911 problems experienced by the company last year.

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An event that took place last week on a field in Bolton gave new meaning to the term “farm team.”

The first-ever Farmer Olympics, sponsored by NOFA-VT, attracted 14 teams of athletes who competed in a series of whimsical agriculture-related events.  

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Years ago, President Woodrow Wilson grazed sheep on the White House lawn. The wool was sold to raise money for the Red Cross during World War I.

Today there are other reasons to pasture animals on public property in towns and villages – and two Vermont towns experimenting with the practice are seeing positive results.

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Keurig Green Mountain says it remains committed to its Vermont operations, despite cutting 200 jobs at its Waterbury facility.

The total number of jobs eliminated at Keurig operations throughout North America was 330, or five percent of its workforce. In Vermont the figure was closer to nine percent of the company's overall workforce, so the state took a disproportionate hit.   

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The nation’s largest residential solar company is opening a Vermont branch. SolarCity uses a business model it hopes will attract customers who might not have considered going solar.

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