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 is in the midst of a Public Service Board investigation into repair delays experienced by the company’s telephone customers. 

But Fairpoint officials say the fact they’re required to meet certain quality standards is inherently unfair, and they want state regulators to do away with the standards.

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Vermont is the largest per-capita recipient of federal funds for broadband expansion, with much of the money going to the Springfield-based Vermont Telephone Company (VTel) to build a statewide wireless broadband network.

The build-out is aided by a state law that makes it possible to circumvent local zoning laws to erect telecommunications towers — and Calais is the latest community to confront the tension between local control and state’s desire to expand broadband service.

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Most Vermonters will file their taxes or file for extensions by this week’s deadline, but many individuals and businesses won’t — and the taxes they owe the state amount to well over $100 million. 

Officials say an effort to publicize the names of the biggest delinquent taxpayers is helping to reduce that figure.

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There’s an effort underway to build a teaching curriculum around Vermont’s African American Heritage Trail. Organizers hope much of the money to create the curriculum will come from individual donors.

Vermont’s African American Heritage Trail includes sites as well-preserved and well-known as the Lincoln home at Hildene and as little known as an old stone foundation where Daisy Turner lived. Turner was a story teller and poet born in Grafton to freed slaves.

A regional business group says the New England states should cooperate more to attract high tech manufacturers.

In a 112 page report the Boston based New England Council says a multi-state approach is key to the future of advanced manufacturing in the region.

Council President and CEO Jim Brett says the number one issue for all the New England states is workforce development.

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After 42 years, Buch Spieler Records in Montpelier has new owners. Yet despite the change, the independent, locally-owned store has come full circle since the store’s founder, Fred Wilber, opened the doors in 1973.

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Vermont's schools are not just small — around 21 percent would be considered "micro-schools," according to Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe. And Granville’s was not your typical small school. When it closed six years ago, it was one of the only remaining one-room schoolhouses in Vermont.

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Vermont is poised to take the next step toward the goal of universal recycling.

Many of those involved in producing and handling waste met in Randolph Center Thursday for an annual summit to discuss how recycling is changing.

Already under Act 148 the state’s Universal Recycling Law, transfer stations and drop-off facilities have to accept recyclables. Beginning July 1, trash haulers will have to do the same at no additional charge.

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A meeting on a new state lab planned for Randolph Center drew a crowd of area residents Tuesday evening.

The new Vermont Agriculture and Environmental Laboratory is the last major state project slated for rebuilding in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene.

Since the old Waterbury facilities were flooded, the lab functions have been scattered among a number of different locations.

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The Public Service Department is asking FairPoint Communications to provide more information in an effort to determine how many customers did not receive bill credits for telephone repair delays.

The department contends FairPoint failed to provide more than 10,000 customers with the credits for delays from July through December, 2014. The state wants to determine if many more are also due credits for service delays experienced prior to July 2014.