Taylor Dobbs

Digital Reporter

Taylor is VPR's digital reporter. After growing up in Vermont, he graduated with at BA in Journalism from Northeastern University in 2013.

Ways to Connect

Courtesy / Lake Champlain International

State officials identified a potentially toxic bloom of cyanobacteria – also known as blue-green algae – in Mallets Bay earlier this week, after they had stopped monitoring the lake for the blooms for the season.

Norwich University received a $714,285 grant from the National Security Agency (NSA) aimed at expanding the university’s cybersecurity education programs.

Evan Vucci / AP

On Election Day, nearly one in three Vermont voters cast ballots for Donald J. Trump — and VPR reporters teamed up with Brave Little State to hear from a few of them.

Yamac Beyter / iStock

President-elect Donald Trump caused a stir on social media Tuesday morning when he Tweeted that burning the American flag should be punishable by a year in prison or a loss of United States citizenship. Vermonters may be surprised to find out that part of Trump’s proposal is already enshrined in state law.

The Vermont Electric Cooperative has announced that despite steadily climbing costs, the coop will not increase electric rates next year.

Angela Evancie / VPR File

Gov. Peter Shumlin and Governor-elect Phil Scott issued a joint statement Thursday in a call for unity that was both symbolic and explicit.

Gerald Herbert / AP

All three of Vermont’s Congressional delegates are voicing strong concerns about President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of former Breitbart executive Steve Bannon as chief strategist and senior counselor.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Dozens of University of Vermont students and members of the Burlington community convened outside the Davis Student Center Tuesday afternoon to protest in response to the election of Donald Trump as president, but demonstrators spoke out on a variety of issues.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Officials in Burlington announced a new program Thursday with the goal of ending the opiate crisis in the city.

Emily Alfin Johnson & Angela Evancie / VPR

According to the latest VPR Poll, Vermonters have been following the races for president and governor very closely. But the rest of the Vermont races, not so much. It's OK — that's where we come in.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Norman Boyden’s extra-large yard sign supporting Donald Trump for president is still standing outside of the clock shop he runs out of his home in Williston, despite the efforts of one or more vandals. 

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Patrick Liebrecht, a Republican running to represent Colchester in the Vermont House of Representatives, is facing charges for allegedly posting “revenge porn” of his ex-girlfriend. Liebrecht says he will not drop out of the race. He plead not guilty to the charges and says the accusations are “absolutely” politically motivated.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

About two dozen University of Vermont students marched from UVM’s campus to the Burlington office of Sen. Patrick Leahy Wednesday to ask Vermont’s senior senator to take a firm stance against two pipelines under construction – the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota and the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline in Addison County.

The auditor serves as a watchdog over the operations of state government and conducts what are known as "performance audits" to evaluate the effectiveness of specific programs, and the major party candidates for state auditor view the role of the office very differently.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Officials in the City of South Burlington are calling on residents to vote yes on a plan that would establish a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district in the city.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Merchant’s Bank, the last statewide, state-chartered bank in Vermont, plans to merge with New York-based Community Bank System in a deal announced Monday.

Rights and Democracy Vermont

The Vermont Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is calling on the Vermont Supreme Court to overturn the conviction of a man who posted Ku Klux Klan flyers on the homes of two women of color in Burlington.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

The Vermont Department of Health unveiled a new proposal Wednesday that will limit the amount of opioid painkillers doctors can prescribe.

A lawsuit argued in Montpelier Tuesday will decide whether a key part of Vermont’s health care reform efforts is subject to the state’s public records law.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

South Burlington is planning to put a solar array on top of an old landfill to get renewable energy and financial savings out of a piece of land that can’t be used for much else, officials said Tuesday.

Pages