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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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. 

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The State of Vermont is suing Volkswagen and its affiliates for misleading consumers and violating environmental laws by selling diesel vehicles whose emissions exceeded state standards.

The suit, filed in Washington Superior Court, comes at a time when a settlement is expected in a federal consumer protection case. The settlement is expected to provide buy-backs and financial compensation for U.S. owners of the offending vehicles.

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Right now, there's a great reason for serious birders and casual bird buffs to get their field glasses out; shorebirds are making their annual migration south. John Buck, a non-game bird biologist with Vermont Fish and Wildlife, joined Vermont Edition on Wednesday to talk about which shorebirds can be seen in the state and where.

Champlain College and about 200 on-campus adjunct faculty members have reached their first contract agreement.

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Are Vermont's independent doctors an endangered species? As the state's health care system continues to evolve, many independent physicians worry they'll be gobbled up by a few large organizations or simply left in the lurch.  We're talking about the current landscape for Vermont's independent doctors and looking at what the future may hold.

A cell phone network partially funded by $4 million in state grant money won’t be working as originally planned.

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