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 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.


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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Vermont’s suicide rate is higher than the national average by about 30 percent. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2014 Vermont’s rate was 19 people per 100,000,compared to 13 per 100,000 nationally.

Additionally, 48 percent of Vermont suicides involved guns.

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On August 28, 2011, Tropical Storm Irene brought torrential rain and historic flooding to Vermont. The storm stranded thousands behind washed out roads, destroyed dozens of homes, and changed the landscape of Vermont.

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Central to the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders was a critique of the role of money in politics, especially large donations from wealthy individuals to help candidates who support their policies or principles.

Clearly, millions of people agree with Sanders and supported him, yet more and more money – including "dark money" from undisclosed donors – is pouring into politics in the hope of influencing elections.

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says despite resignations by a number of staff members of the newly-formed political organization Our Revolution, he’s confident the group will advance his agenda. 

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The state of financial literacy in America could use some improvement. How do Vermonters stack up? We're looking at financial literacy in our state. 

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Families have spent countless hours playing Monopoly, Sorry, and Chutes and Ladders. And while those games are timeless, board games and table-top games have evolved and have seen a resurgence.

Motor vehicles are the most significant in-state source of air pollutants in Vermont. Older diesel engines are among the biggest culprits, spewing unhealthy particulates and greenhouse gases.