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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A five-and-a-half year study of Vermont State Police has found disparities in traffic stops that officials say point to racial bias.

The build-out of a fiber-optic broadband network in central Vermont should be greatly expedited by $9 million in long-term financing.

A tech firm with roots in Vermont has raised $12.9 in venture capital that will help create new jobs at its Burlington office.

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Residents in Central Vermont towns are concerned about Utah engineer David Hall’s plans to buy 5,000 acres to build a community of 20,000 in their area. There's also opposition in a Provo, Utah neighborhood where Hall is buying property for similar ends.

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There are two key ways in which businesses find the money they need to start up or grow. One is by taking out a loan. The other is finding investors willing to buy a share of the business.

A judge has rejected a motion by a group of Vermont gasoline retailers and wholesalers to dismiss a price-fixing lawsuit against them.

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A wireless system built by Springfield-based VTel and largely paid for with federal money is supposed to provide Internet to virtually all of the state’s unserved addresses. But there are questions about whether the company is meeting that commitment.

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The Utah man who wants to build a unique project in Central Vermont says he is poised to purchase an additional 500 acres of land.

Bethel’s pop-up university is a chance for people to learn about all sorts of things. Each year the town hosts a month-long series of classes taught and attended by locals on everything from from Ukrainian Easter egg design to the Holocaust.

Representatives of GlobalFoundries, the chipmaker that purchased the IBM plant in Essex Junction, visited the Statehouse Thursday.

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A Utah man who has been buying land in Central Vermont to create a self-contained community of 15,000 to 20,000 residents that would produce its own food and energy has also been purchasing property in the city of Provo, Utah, where he lives.

Just as in Vermont, some people in Provo aren’t happy about it.

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The Vermont Supreme Court is considering whether a prison inmate who helped other prisoners with their court cases was practicing law without a license. The state thinks so and is pursuing criminal charges against the inmate.

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A Utah man’s vision of building a sustainable community of 15,000 to 20,000 people on thousands of acres in four Vermont towns is causing a stir among residents.

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Three years ago, a group of Middlebury College students created a program to provide locally-sourced food at wholesale prices in hopes of helping low-income families. Those students have since graduated, but others are carrying on their work.

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Fluctuating milk prices are a familiar story, but state agriculture officials say farmers are bracing for a year when prices will stay low. It’s quite a contrast to two years ago when the price farmers received for milk hit record highs.

The Vermont Department of Labor says the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate held steady at 3.4 percent in February.

courtesy of the Dear World project

If you and your co-workers were asked to share a meaningful message with one another and your message was written on your body for all to see, what would it be? What would it tell your coworkers about you? This week, 800 employees at National Life in Montpelier took on these questions as part of a project called, "Dear World." 

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Since 1838, the Vermont Historical Society has been collecting documents, paintings and other items important to the state’s history. And now it's running out of room.

The Obama administration and Congress are considering changes to a treatment central to Vermont’s effort to combat addiction.

The changes under consideration involve the drug buprenorphine, commonly called Suboxone.

The federal government says the Springfield-based company VTel has defaulted on money awarded to provide cellular phone service in some parts of Vermont.