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 E-911 Board says it will take a few days to confirm what caused a failure that prevented 44 calls from getting through Wednesday.

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Four months after a plan for a major development at the I-89 exit in Randolph was withdrawn, the future of the property remains up in the air.

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Let’s face it, whether we’re repairing cars or writing news stories, little of the work we do will be remembered years from now.

But that’s not the case for one Vermonter.

Vermont Gas Systems says the estimated cost of its controversial pipeline is going up nearly $12 million.

The company says based on a number of factors, estimated costs will rise to a total of more than $165 million.

The latest estimate is nearly double the original price tag of the pipeline to Middlebury.

Vermont Gas blames the lion’s share of the increase on construction costs, specifically the need to do more drilling and blasting than anticipated.

The president of Vermont Technical College is stepping down to head up the Vermont Community Foundation. 

Dan Smith has been VTC president since 2014.


James Lyall, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union in Arizona, has been named the new executive director of the ACLU of Vermont.

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Beginning July 1, Vermont law enforcement agencies will operate under a new bias-free policing policy. Those involved in writing it say it represents a step forward in the effort to reduce ethnic and racial bias in policing.

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The Pride Center of Vermont is organizing a Monday vigil in Burlington response to the mass shootings at a gay nightclub early Sunday morning in Orlando, Florida. Vermonters are also planning vigils in Montpelier Monday evening and in Middlebury on Tuesday.

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Bernie Sanders has reiterated his plan to keep his campaign going until the Democratic convention, while also acknowledging Hillary Clinton's delegate advantage.

A Burlington beach has been closed due to a chemical spill. According to the Agency of Natural Resources, a fire-suppressing foam was discharged into a brook a short distance from Lake Champlain near Blanchard Beach at Oakledge Park.

GlobalFoundries has won a contract to produce computer chips for the defense department at two plants it acquired last year from IBM.

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Keurig Green Mountain is laying off 108 Vermont workers in the wake of a decision to discontinue its cold beverage system.

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The Associated Press has declared Hillary Clinton is the “presumptive” Democratic party nominee after reaching the delegate threshold necessary to secure her party’s nomination.

But, because the AP count includes hundreds of superdelegates, some of whom could change their minds before voting at next month’s convention, the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders is calling the AP report a “rush to judgment.”

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When Burlington College closed last month, students got the impression that the transition to another college would be smooth, and their tuition might be the same. They’re now finding it's more complicated than that.

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For 14 years, an annual conference in Vermont has focused on employee-owned businesses. Organizers say this year’s conference, held this week at Champlain College in Burlington, was the best attended yet. They say it’s one sign of growing interest in employee-owned business models.

A federal agency says a wireless internet system funded by taxpayers is operating as it should, but says it can’t independently verify the coverage area.

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Utah engineer David Hall has been buying hundreds of acres of land in the central Vermont towns of Sharon, Royalton, Tunbridge and Strafford where someday he hopes to build a high-tech community of 20,000 people.

Hall says his project, which he calls NewVistas, is still many years off, but some of the building blocks are being assembled at the NewVistas Foundation headquarters on the outskirts of Provo, Utah.    

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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.