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 eighth bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington has died. Kenneth Angell, who served as bishop of the Burlington Diocese for 12 years, died Tuesday at a nursing home in Winooski. He was 86 years old.

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A state program created more than two years ago to fund improvements to internet service has yet to award any money.

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Vermont law allows parents to be fined and taken to court when a child is truant from school. Many say that’s counterproductive, but even at schools that take a more hands-on approach, truancy remains a difficult problem to solve. 

Vermont business leaders held an annual networking breakfast in Burlington Friday morning. The event was presented by the Vermont Business Roundtable, and this year featured consultant and author Jackie Freiberg.

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Fall is apple season, and pick-your-own orchards are a popular destination. But it's also grape season, and one vineyard in Randolph Center is adopting the pick-your-own technique.

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FairPoint Communications’ internet customers in northern New England are paying more for their service. The company has added a fee to the price of its internet packages, which critics say is an all-too-common practice among internet service providers.

The state and the owner of tens of thousands of acres of land in the Northeast Kingdom are awaiting yet another court decision on a timber harvesting violation under the state’s Current Use Program.

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Cardboard has been around since the early 1800s, but a couple of Vermonters who have been working with cardboard for awhile now have come up with a novel use of the old packaging material: building cardboard pinball machines.

"Steampunk" combines the style of the Victorian era with the futuristic ideas of writers like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Beginning on Friday, Springfield will be hosting its second annual Steampunk Festival.

Earlier this year, James Duff Lyall of Tucson, Arizona, was named the new executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont. He succeeded Allen Gilbert, who had led the organization for 12 years.

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Vermont is an eclectic place, and we're serving up an eclectic mix of topics in today's program - from technology that's changing the way we think about cardboard, to the fantasy sci-fi world of steampunk, to the serious work of protecting civil liberties.

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What do you think is the most memorable public art in Vermont? But before answering that, let's back up even a bit further – how does one define public art?

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The British-Dutch multinational Unilever says it has signed an agreement to purchase Burlington-based Seventh Generation.

The sale of the Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus has been finalized. The papers were purchased by Reade Brower and Chip Harris.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission is considering a staff recommendation to fine FairPoint Communications for failing to meet the state’s telephone service quality metrics. 

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Airbnb has agreed to collect Vermont rooms and meals tax on behalf of people who list their property for rent through the online service.

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The removal of a dam on the White River in Randolph has opened up nearly 100 miles of habitat upstream.

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A historic 50-foot-long mural will be the centerpiece of a renovation planned at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier.

Presidential candidate Jill Stein will speak at Vermont Law School in South Royalton on Tuesday.

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Fourteen years ago, on the first anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, VPR assembled a series of commentaries reflecting on the events, still fresh in our memories. Then-Gov. Howard Dean was among those who offered their thoughts.