We are pleased to announce that reporter Peter Hirschfeld will join VPR's capital bureau beginning next month. He'll join Bob Kinzel in covering state government and the Vermont Legislature.
Hirschfeld is a leading Vermont journalist who has covered the Statehouse since 2009, most recently as bureau chief for the Rutland Herald and Times Argus. He began his career in 2003, working as a local sports reporter and copy editor at the Times Argus.
“I’m excited to join the most dynamic newsgathering organization in Vermont," Hirschfeld said. “The Times Argus and Rutland Herald are like family to me, and it’s been an honor to work for these two pillars of journalism.”
In addition to extensive reporting by Kinzel and Hirshfeld, VPR’s coverage of the 2014 legislative session will include in-depth data and analysis of issues before the lawmakers, as well as VPR’s unique online legislative stream, where anyone can listen to live proceedings of the Vermont House and Senate when they are in session.
VPR has strengthened its news gathering capacity in recent months so we can better serve you with the essential, trusted, and in-depth news you count on. VPR's John Dillon became News Director, and Melody Bodette, who has been producing Morning Edition for several years, was named Deputy News Director. Together, the news leadership team is responsible for VPR’s broadcast and digital news, including the station’s nine daily newscasts, news on VPR.net, the morning News Link email and the station’s multiple social media news feeds.
In addition to our broadcast reporting team, VPR recently established a six-member team to provide news and content for digital platforms, as our online and social media audience continues to grow.
In the coming year, VPR's public service will continue to expand with more weekend news coverage.