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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When Vermonters were asked about issues facing the state in the recent VPR poll, there were sometimes wide differences of opinion. But people overwhelming agreed that opiate addiction is a serious issue.

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A new VPR poll shows Vermonters are divided over resettling refugees here, with significant numbers on both sides of the issue. It's the first time a VPR poll has surveyed residents on the issue.

Much of the focus is on the convention hall speakers at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, but delegates are also hearing from party figures in more intimate, informal settings.

The state’s secretary of commerce and community development has been appointed interim president of Vermont Technical College.

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The idea of youth flight from Vermont seems like an article of faith. Everyone knows young people who have left the state for college, for jobs and for a different lifestyle. But it turns out the numbers show nearly as many young people are coming to Vermont as leaving.

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For the past several years, co-working spaces have been popping up across Vermont, from Bennington to Burlington; Vergennes to St. Johnsbury.

While each location is different, they all share some common goals. Foremost among them is helping new businesses get started.

Thousands of people who filed Vermont tax returns are off the hook for problems with commercial software that resulted in underpayments of 2015 state taxes.

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A committee charged with addressing bias in the state police is taking its first steps to respond to the racial discrepancies revealed in data on traffic stops.

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Small business startups are seen as an important part of Vermont’s economy. But according to government statistics, one in five fails after one year, and about half of them are no longer in business after five years. 

The Vermont E-911 Board says it will take a few days to confirm what caused a failure that prevented 44 calls from getting through Wednesday.

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Four months after a plan for a major development at the I-89 exit in Randolph was withdrawn, the future of the property remains up in the air.

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More than 50 years ago, in Southern Calfornia, a young Steve Gillette was just learning how to write songs when his little sister Darcy had a brush with a feisty horse, inspiring a now-familiar ballad.

"Darcy Farrow" has become part of the folk music lexicon, performed and recorded hundreds of times. 

Vermont Gas Systems says the estimated cost of its controversial pipeline is going up nearly $12 million.

The company says based on a number of factors, estimated costs will rise to a total of more than $165 million.

The latest estimate is nearly double the original price tag of the pipeline to Middlebury.

Vermont Gas blames the lion’s share of the increase on construction costs, specifically the need to do more drilling and blasting than anticipated.

The president of Vermont Technical College is stepping down to head up the Vermont Community Foundation. 

Dan Smith has been VTC president since 2014.

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James Lyall, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union in Arizona, has been named the new executive director of the ACLU of Vermont.

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Beginning July 1, Vermont law enforcement agencies will operate under a new bias-free policing policy. Those involved in writing it say it represents a step forward in the effort to reduce ethnic and racial bias in policing.

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The Pride Center of Vermont is organizing a Monday vigil in Burlington response to the mass shootings at a gay nightclub early Sunday morning in Orlando, Florida. Vermonters are also planning vigils in Montpelier Monday evening and in Middlebury on Tuesday.

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Bernie Sanders has reiterated his plan to keep his campaign going until the Democratic convention, while also acknowledging Hillary Clinton's delegate advantage.

A Burlington beach has been closed due to a chemical spill. According to the Agency of Natural Resources, a fire-suppressing foam was discharged into a brook a short distance from Lake Champlain near Blanchard Beach at Oakledge Park.

GlobalFoundries has won a contract to produce computer chips for the defense department at two plants it acquired last year from IBM.

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