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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VPR News
5:42 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Tourism Survey Finds Most Effective Marketing is Word Of Mouth

Visitors line up at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury.
AP/Toby Talbot

A first ever in-depth survey of visitors to Vermont sheds light on how they make their travel decisions. Visitors to Vermont welcome centers, state parks and local attractions filled out more than 8,500 questionnaires over a two year period.

Researchers say the results present a fairly comprehensive picture of why they decide to come and what they like to do once they arrive.

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The Frequency
6:20 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Hanna Services To Be Held Friday

Funeral services for Cheryl Hanna will be held Friday at 3 p.m.  in the Ira Allen Chapel at the University of Vermont.  

The well-known Vermont Law School professor died suddenly on Sunday

According to a news release, law school trustee emeritus and former board chair J. Scott Cameron will speak at the service.

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VPR News
5:43 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Cheryl Hanna Remembered For Her Passion For The Law And Gender Equity Advocacy

Vermont Law School professor Cheryl Hanna, a longtime VPR commentator, died Sunday.

The announcement was made in a news release from the law school. No cause of death was given. 

Hanna was remembered as an engaging professor with a passion for gender equity. 

She said she knew at a young age that she wanted to teach, and eventually she settled on law school, where she would study to become a professor. 

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Vermont Edition
1:03 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Free Wi-Fi Launching In 26 Vt. Towns

For those of us who can’t bear to be without internet access, things are getting a whole lot easier in Vermont. Within the coming weeks, Windsor will launch a Wi-Fi zone for its downtown, making it the twenty-sixth and final town to benefit from the Vermont Digital Economy Project. But this didn’t come about without a few technical challenges. Caitlin Lovegrove is the Network and Outreach Coordinator for the Vermont Digital Economy Project and she explains the process of setting up these networks.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

A Search For Meaning In A Life Close To Nature

In this photo taken Friday, July 13, 2012, stone pillars delineate the actual site of Henry David Throeau's cabin on the shores of Walden Pond in Concord, Mass.
Michael Dwyer AP

The 1960s and '70s saw a lot of people arrive in Vermont with the back-to-the-land movement. Their idealism followed the legacies of people like Helen and Scott Nearing, and even Henry David Thoreau well before them. On the next Vermont Edition, we discuss the impulse to find meaning in a life close to nature. Our guest is Rebecca Kneale Gould, a writer and senior lecturer at Middlebury College.

Professor Gould recommends these titles for further reading:

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The Frequency
6:04 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Report: Price Of 'Old' IBM Plants Derailed Sale To GlobalFoundries

A report published by Bloomberg news say talks between IBM and GlobalFoundries over the sale of Big Blue’s chip making division, including facilities in Essex Junction, broke down over price.  

Bloomberg cites sources “familiar with the process.”  The report says at issue were IBM’s manufacturing plants, which GlobalFoundries “placed little or no value on” due to their age.

Rumors of a deal between the two companies have been circulating since April.

VPR News
5:54 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Union Says No Progress In FairPoint Contract Talks

With their contract set to expire in just over a week, FairPoint Communications and the union representing workers continued their negotiations this week. 

The International Brotherhood of Electrical workers represents about 1,800 FairPoint employees in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. 

The union says members have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if necessary. 

Mike Spillane is a Vermont member of the IBEW negotiating team. Returning Friday from talks in Nashua, New Hampshire Spillane said the sides are still far apart.

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VPR News
5:08 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

State Exploring Ways To Connect Entrepreneurs With Investors

In the post-recession era, it’s become more difficult for start-ups and companies without a track record to secure traditional bank loans, so businesses have had to turn elsewhere. 

“What has happened in Vermont is there has been an appetite to seek raising money directly from investors,“ says Commissioner of the Department of Financial Regulation Susan Donegan.

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The Vermont Economy
6:05 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Program Helps Lawyers Set Up Shop In Underserved Areas

Erica Lewis is just a month into her new Randolph law practice.
VPR/Steve Zind

Imagine you’re fresh out of law school. Instead of going to work in a place where there are people to learn from and turn to for support, you’re a one-person firm on your own. 

A new program is helping young lawyers establish solo practices in hopes of helping both law school graduates and those who need legal services.

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VPR News
5:46 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Human Services Changes Delayed To Solicit Public Input

The deadline for completing a reorganization plan for parts of the Agency of Human Services has been pushed back.

The decision came after an anti-poverty group established by the governor asked for the delay.

The reorganization follows the deaths of two children whose families were being monitored by the Department for Children and Families. 

The deaths prompted a legislative committee to hold public hearings on DCF.

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