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 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.

ECFiber, a community-based fiber-to-home broadband provider, says it will go to the bond market in hopes of rapidly expanding service in the 24 central Vermont towns it serves.

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Hundreds of Vermont state police cruisers are on the road every day – and it’s someone’s job to make sure they’re in good running order.  

Vermont's state college system is changing a policy that allows senior citizens to attend classes free of charge.

National Life Group reported total revenues of $1.8 billion in 2015 and net income of $109 million.

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The Montpelier Police Department will work more closely with local agencies to get people it apprehends for drug offenses directly into treatment.

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After borrowing millions of dollars from the state college system to meet budget shortfalls, Vermont Technical College is slowly climbing out of the red.

After net losses of more than $136 million in fiscal 2014, $90.5 million in 2013 and $153 million in 2012, FairPoint reported a net profit of $90 million dollars in fiscal 2015.