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 Vermont Economy
6:05 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Program Helps Lawyers Set Up Shop In Underserved Areas

Erica Lewis is just a month into her new Randolph law practice.
VPR/Steve Zind

Imagine you’re fresh out of law school. Instead of going to work in a place where there are people to learn from and turn to for support, you’re a one-person firm on your own. 

A new program is helping young lawyers establish solo practices in hopes of helping both law school graduates and those who need legal services.

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VPR News
5:46 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Human Services Changes Delayed To Solicit Public Input

The deadline for completing a reorganization plan for parts of the Agency of Human Services has been pushed back.

The decision came after an anti-poverty group established by the governor asked for the delay.

The reorganization follows the deaths of two children whose families were being monitored by the Department for Children and Families. 

The deaths prompted a legislative committee to hold public hearings on DCF.

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VPR News
10:52 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Union Says Majority Favors FairPoint Strike Authorization

There have been further delays in the final tally of voting by FairPoint Communications employees on whether to give their unions the authority to call a strike, but union officials say its clear the majority of workers  have voted for the authorization.

The voting is taking place in the three New England states served by FairPoint.

Mike Spillane with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Vermont says voting has been completed in Vermont and Maine, but delays persist in New Hampshire.

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VPR News
6:04 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

'Art Of The Deal' Complex In Corporate Negotiations

In this week's quarterly earnings report, an IBM executive skirted a question about rumors of a sale.
Toby Talbot AP

Since April, rumors have circulated that IBM and the microchip maker GlobalFoundries are in talks over the sale of Big Blue manufacturing plants, including the one Essex Junction.

Neither company has  commented, and the most recent rumor has it that the negotiations have broken down.

IBM’s quarterly earnings report Thursday did little to clarify the company’s plans for its chip manufacturing division. In a conference call an  IBM senior vice-president skirted a question about the rumors. 

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VPR News
9:10 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Moose Hunting Lottery Attracts Thousands Of Applicants

The moose permit lottery featured a drawing by the Governor and a live radio broadcast.
VPR/Steve Zind

Vermont’s moose permit lottery was held Thursday morning at the Statehouse in Montpelier. According to the Fish and Wildlife Department, 11,600 hunters from 49 states vied for the 335 archery and rifle permits. 

They were awarded through a random selection of names drawn by computer. The lottery included a “special priority drawing” for five permits, awarded to veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The fanfare surrounding the annual lottery included a live radio broadcast, with Gov. Peter Shumlin choosing the first group of names.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

The British Clockmaker Marks 50 Years In Vermont

One of the automatons in Ray Bates' shop is a life-sized caged bird.

For Ray Bates, family life and work as a Master Clockmaker take place under the same roof. For 50 years, Bates’ antique clock repair business has been located in his home in Newfane.  

To get from the workshop to a room where repaired clocks are tested requires walking  through the kitchen and turning right through the laundry room.  

In the testing room, clocks removed from their cases mark each hour with a chorus of bell ringing. Each has a different sound; from rich, resonant tones to high pitched, delicate sounds.

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VPR News
5:00 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Stove Manufacturer Adds Jobs In Vermont

The Vermont Castings foundry in Randolph has added 10 positions since last August.
Steve Zind VPR

The owners of Vermont Castings say they’ve added 50 jobs in Vermont since purchasing the stove manufacturer last year.

The bulk of the jobs are the result of cutbacks in operations in other countries.

The company started making woodstoves in the 1970s at its foundry in Randolph. It also manufactures barbeque grills and kitchen products.

The company has been bought and sold several times over the years, most recently last August when the The Vermont Castings Group’s Kentucky-based management team purchased it from a private equity firm.

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VPR News
6:19 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Flaggers Trained For Life In The Slow Lane

Lance Tardiff stops traffic at a paving project on Route 2 in Bolton.
VPR/Steve Zind

Construction zones are as much a part of summer as mosquitos.

We’ve all had to heed the warning signs and stop until the highway flag man - or woman- lets us pass. 

There are approximately 1,000 flaggers on Vermont highways this summer.  They work for four companies that contract the workers out to construction companies.

Most flaggers were trained directly or indirectly by a good natured man with a quick laugh and a preference for comparing work zones to the McDonald’s fast food business.

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VPR News
5:56 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

FairPoint Strike Vote Delayed

A union representing FairPoint Communications workers in Vermont says it will be another week until the results of a strike authorization vote are known.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers represents about 1800 FairPoint employees in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. 

The vote results were initially expected as early as today, but because of storms earlier in the week, union officials have spent the past several days juggling the voting schedule.  

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VPR News
5:34 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Mad River Towns Are Models For National Flood Planning

Doug Turner stands along the rebuilt river bank of the Mad River at his farm in Waitsfield one year after Irene.
Toby Talbot AP/File

The lessons of Tropical Storm Irene in Vermont have been incorporated into a new report designed to assist communities across the nation. 

The federal Environmental Protection Agency says the report offers a more comprehensive approach to mitigating the effects of flooding.

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