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 long-time IBM microelectronics plant in Essex Junction officially belongs to GlobalFoundries.

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One of the early advocates of renewable energy in Vermont has died.

John Warshow turned his 1970s anti-nuclear activism into a business that was at the forefront of alternative energy development in the state.

One day after announcing it had received clearance from the federal government, GlobalFoundries says it has completed the acquisition of IBM's microelectronics manufacturing business, including the IBM facility in Essex Junction, which employs approximately 4,000.

"The deal strengthens the company's workforce, adding decades of experience and expertise," GlobalFoundries said in a statement issued Wednesday. "The addition of more than 16,000 patents and applications makes GlobalFoundries the holder of one of the largest semiconductor patent portfolios in the world."

Vermont Technical College is holding a meeting for community members on Tuesday evening to lay out plans for the future, and college officials are appealing for local support as the institution tries to recover from financial problems.

A new project in Bennington hopes to tap into the growing popularity of coworking spaces.

Organizers of the project, called The Lightning Jar, have partnered with the Vermont State Employees Credit Union to convert 1,200 square feet of the credit union’s downtown offices into a coworking space.

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Trustees of the Vermont State College system have approved another loan to help struggling Vermont Technical College. The loan was anticipated and the college’s president says VTC’s financial situation is improving.

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The weekly newspaper the The Herald of Randolph has a new publisher; only its fifth in the paper’s 140-year history. Despite the change, the paper will continue to be locally owned.

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Two Randolph area families have created endowments to help local high school graduates go on to college.

According to school officials, the two families approached them independently about ten months ago with the idea of creating separate endowments.

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The Vermont State College system could soon include a university. State college system trustees are being asked to consider changing the name of Castleton State College to Castleton University.

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Not every community is fortunate enough to have someone like Mariam Herwig, who died last Friday at the age of 91. Known to all as ‘Mim,’ Herwig was a historian, author and poet.

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