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 developer planning a large mixed-use project at the Randolph exit of I-89 will meet with the environmental groups opposing the plan to try to reach a compromise.

Vermont’s monthly unemployment rate remained at a seasonally adjusted  3.7 percent in October, matching the revised September rate.

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The Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) is questioning whether a major development planned for Exit 4 on I-89 conforms with the area's regional plan." 


FairPoint Communications says DSL broadband customers in portions of 11 Vermont towns have access to higher speeds as a result of recent upgrades by the company.

Keurig Green Mountain stock was down and then up Wednesday, dropping in anticipation of the company’s quarterly earnings report, then moving sharply up after the market closed on word that earnings surpassed analysts’ expectations.

But overall the company’s 2015 revenue picture is marked by declines in sales and revenues. 

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Bruce Lisman and Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, Vermont's two Republican gubernatorial candidates, say the state should hold off on allowing refugees from Syria to settle in Vermont.

Their comments come in the wake of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s call for the state to welcome the refugees.

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The importance of good broadband for work and education has been stated many times. Yet, as many clamor for faster speeds, there are hundreds of Vermonters still without anything the state considers broadband service.

VPR/Steve Zind

GlobalFoundries has invested $2 billion this year alone in its sprawling Fab 8 micro-chip manufacturing facility in Malta, New York.

By comparison, the company has invested less than 3 percent of that amount - $55 million - in a recently completed project at its plant in Essex Junction.

But at a company event in Malta this week a GlobalFoundries executive said the Vermont plant plays a critical role in the company’s sustainability.

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The MOB has openings. In this case, MOB stands for the Maintenance and Operations Bureau at the Vermont Agency of Transportation – and the openings are for state plow truck drivers.

The state is facing a serious shortage of maintenance works who drive the trucks.

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Two men have been charged under federal law in relation to unauthorized construction and alteration of snowmobile trails in the Green Mountain National Forest.

The illegal work was authorized by the owner of the Hermitage Inn and Ski Club, an exclusive members-only resort in southern Vermont.

The U.S. Forest Service says Mario Pizzuto of East Hampton, Connecticut, and Benjamin Fritz of West Dover, Vermont have been charged. Charges are pending against a third man.