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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Marselis Parsons of Shelburne has died after a battle with cancer. He was 70 years old. As an anchorman on WCAX television from 1984 until his retirement six years ago, Parsons was perhaps Vermont’s best known journalist.   

Earlier this month we reported on a Waitsfield business owner who was trying a novel approach to selling her business

If successful, a new owner could ‘win’ the Mix Cupcakerie and Kitchen by simply writing an essay and submitting a cupcake recipe, along with a $75 entry fee.

But current owner Carole Keleher couldn’t simply give the business away for $75.

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A developer’s plans for land near the Randolph Exit on Interstate 89 could have statewide implications according to environmental groups. The property proposed for the development includes high quality agricultural land. 

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The number of manufacturing jobs in Vermont has declined from historical highs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state has shed 17 percent of manufacturing jobs in the past decade.

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FairPoint Communications will close its call center in South Burlington, eliminating 60 jobs, the company announced.

The closing is part of a larger effort that will result in the loss of approximately 260 jobs in 17 states. Its not clear if there are Vermont jobs cuts in addition to the call center positions. The company says it has not produced a state-by-state breakdown of the cuts.

In announcing the cuts, the company cited the loss of land line business to wireless and cable providers.

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Keurig Green Mountain has offered the most detailed look to date at a new cold beverage system, scheduled to be introduced later this year.

In a presentation for investors and industry analysts from the company’s Waterbury headquarters on Thursday, CEO Brian Kelley said Keurig is poised to enter a market five times larger than the hot beverage market.

“The upcoming launch of our cold machine allows us to expand our reach into more beverage categories, day parts and beverage occasions, making our Keurig system attractive to significantly more households,” Kelley said.

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Talk of a possible sale of FairPoint Communications has picked up recently, on the heels of a collective bargaining agreement that will make the company more attractive to prospective buyers, and recent comments by FairPoint's CEO.

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A Waitsfield business owner is taking a novel approach to selling her bakery. If her plan works, the new owner would pay just $75 to own the business. 

But there’s a bit more to the story than that.

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Keurig Green Mountain stock prices fell today following the Waterbury-based company’s announcement that second quarter revenues were short of expectations.

The Hermitage Ski Club has agreed to pay $205,000 in civil penalties for violating land use and environmental permit requirements.

In February, the state charged the private resort, which owns 1,400 acres in West Dover and Wilmington, with failing to acquire the necessary permits for a number of construction projects.

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