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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Rutland County Republican Sen. Peg Flory has announced she will not seek reelection in November.

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The Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus newspapers have been sold for the second time in 18 months.

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The Vermont Public Radio Board of Directors announced Thursday that West Virginia public broadcaster Scott Finn will be the next leader of VPR.

As of Jan. 1, 2018, all Vermont employers are required by law to provide paid sick time to employees working 18 hours a week or more.
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For more than a year, Vermont has required employers to provide paid sick time to employees working at least 18 hours per week. Even businesses that already offered paid sick leave often required policy changes to comply. We're looking at Vermont's paid sick time law one year in.

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It’s been a matter of ‘when’, not ‘if’: For years state officials have been expecting the destructive emerald ash borer to turn up in Vermont. Tuesday, the state announced it has found an infestation of the insect in part of the town of Orange.

The Vermont Statehouse with snow around it.
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Last week the Vermont House of Representatives passed a resolution recognizing “the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S. and Vermont Black communities.”

But Rep. Kiah Morris, a Democratic lawmaker from Bennington, told Vermont Edition she was stunned by some of her colleagues’ comments made before and after the resolution was passed.

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One of Vermont's best-known entrepreneurs, Antonio Pomerleau, has died at the age of 100.

Ben Scotch with his wife, Barbara, in 2017.
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Benson Scotch of Montpelier — a lifelong champion of the law, the arts and civil rights and liberties — has died at 83.

Montpelier High School's board has voted unanimously to fly the Black Lives Matter flag in February.
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During the month of February, Montpelier High School will fly a Black Lives Matter flag outside the school.

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Child abuse and neglect cases are overwhelming the Family Division of the Vermont Court system, a situation that Court Administrator Patricia Gabel says, “has stretched existing resources to the breaking point."

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The 2017 "How are Vermont’s Young Children and Families?" report paints a mixed picture in terms of economic well-being, access to services and a range of health indicators.

The report also underscores the impact of parental substance abuse in reported instances of child abuse and neglect and in the number of children in state custody.

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A new report recommends the legislature take steps to better protect consumer information collected by data brokers.

<--break->  According to Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy the bill will expedite travel by making it possible for passengers to pre-clear American Customs and Border Protection in Canada before they depart for the U.S.
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Canada’s Parliament has approved legislation that helps efforts to re-establish train service between Vermont and Montreal.

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After considerable debate and numerous drafts, a new Vermont Fair and Impartial Policing Policy has been adopted.

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High school sports remain popular with many students, families and fans in Vermont but as tastes and demographics have changed, so have athletic programs.  

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, seen here at Capitol Hill on Nov. 27
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Vermont Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders have joined a number of other U.S. senators to call for Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken to step down.

There was no agreement on how public special education money would be used by an independent school once  a student with a disability is admitted.
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High school and middle school education was once confined to teaching the Three Rs.

But increasingly schools are being called on to help students with social and personal problems ranging from the negative effects of social media to trauma in their home lives; problems that can lead to disruptive behavior.

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Are Organic Standards working?

We talk with Maddie Kempner, membership and advocacy coordinator with NOFA-VT, to answer this question. We’ll also hear from Pete Johnson, owner of Pete’s Greens in Craftsbury and Jesse McDougall of Studio Hill Farm in Shaftsbury. Hill helped author a bill on  regenerative agriculture currently before the Vermont Senate.

Striking workers have reached an agreement with Fairbanks Scales in St. Johnsbury and will return to work.

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