Amy Kolb Noyes


Amy is an award winning journalist who has worked in print and radio in Vermont since 1991. Her first job in professional radio was at WVMX in Stowe, where she worked as News Director and co-host of The Morning Show. She has been a VPR contributor since 2006, covering Lamoille County and the Northeast Kingdom. Amy has a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University.

Amy is creator and curator of Dorothy’s List, VPR’s book club for kids based on the books nominated for Vermont’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award. For the show/podcast, every year she reads all 30 books nominated for the award. When she’s not reading middle grade books, talking to northern Vermonters or taking pictures, you can often find her in goal at the local ice rink or cheering on her favorite Boston sports teams. Go Sox!

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A person in a blue suit jacket with military medals on chest.

Colonel Mark Anarumo will be Norwich University’s 24th president. He’ll take over when current president Richard Schneider retires this spring.

A person holds up a rendering of a pool at the bottom of a hill.
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On Town Meeting Day, St. Albans voters will consider building a year-round pool at the base of a community ski hill. If approved, the project will mark a new era of cooperation between St. Albans City and St. Albans Town.

The clock tower at Goddard College.
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Goddard College has launched a $4 million fundraising campaign as part of an effort to stabilize the struggling college’s finances.

Community College of Vermont's Rutland campus, view from across the street.
Nina Keck / VPR File

As 2019 comes to a close, lots of organizations ask people to consider them for end-of-year giving. Some Vermonters are also making the case to give to local institutions of higher education.

Poet Jericho Brown stands in front of a National Book Foundation background.
Greg Allen / Associated Press / Invision

Poets Jericho Brown and Carmen Giménez Smith — both 2019 National Book Award finalists  — are among those participating in Bennington College’s Writers Reading series in January.

Two people look at building plans laid out on a table.
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A vacant lot in downtown Morrisville could soon be the site of a 24-unit affordable housing project

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Elodie Reed / VPR

One of the first things students embarking on a college search learn is just how expensive college tuition can be. The sticker price for a single year's tuition at private colleges and universities can top $50,000, not including costs such as books and on-campus room and board.

But what students also quickly learn is that, between grants, scholarships and need-based financial aid, many students don't pay the sticker price. In fact, there are some schools where almost no students pay the advertised price.

So how is a potential college student supposed to know what a school will charge them before they apply?

White buildings on the Marlboro College campus near the road
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR File

Last month Marlboro College announced plans to close its Marlboro campus and merge with Emerson College, in Boston. Now a group led by former faculty members says it's working on a different plan.

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When Suresh Garimella took the helm at UVM earlier this year, he became the newest college president in Vermont. But the state’s flagship university is far from the only Vermont college undergoing a change of leadership.

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A month ago, Champlain College sophomore Peter Kuli was in his dorm room, messing around with a friend's rap song about baby boomer attitudes. He uploaded the remix online, and in the weeks since the song – and its "OK boomer" catchphrase – have gone viral. 

White buildings on the Marlboro College campus near the road
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR File

Marlboro College announced Wednesday it plans to close its southern Vermont campus this spring. The school says it is striking a deal with Emerson College, in Boston.

In exchange for Marlboro's $30 million endowment and $10 million in real estate holdings, Emerson plans to take on Marlboro's current students and its tenured and tenure-track faculty.

An Italian-inspired cascade on the campus of Southern Vermont College. Greenery in the background.
Ric Cengeri / VPR File

A New Hampshire boarding school has signed a $4.9 million deal to buy the former Southern Vermont College campus in Bennington. The Oliverian School describes itself as "a non-profit, alternative, college-prep boarding school for adolescents who have not thrived in traditional settings."

Old Chapel at Middlebury College
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Last week brought the first early decision deadlines for high school seniors applying to college — and also a lot of potential questions: Just what is early decision and how does it differ from early action? Have college admissions changed since the "Varsity Blues" scandal broke earlier this year? How do college admissions officers view Vermont's new proficiency-based grading systems? What are the admissions options at Vermont colleges and universities?

Captains of the Fairfax-Lamoille football team.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Backed by fans from four high schools in two counties, the Fairfax-Lamoille Bullets play their last football game of the regular season on Saturday. If they make it past Otter Valley, the team will go into the postseason with a perfect 8-0 record.

Students sit outside on a grassy quad.
Tony Talbot / Associated Press File

For the past year, Goddard College, in Plainfield, has been operating under accreditation probation for not meeting financial standards and other problems. In that time, Goddard has brought on a new president, cut staff and focused on fundraising.

Lamoille County Conservation District fall foliage sign
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Vermont has a lot of visitors this time of year, and it's not uncommon to see cars pulled off the road, flanked by people taking pictures of mountain vistas and tree-lined fields. That prompted Silene DeCiuces to leave subtle reminders in some hay fields of who made that perfect photo possible.

The exterior of Stowe Arena in Stowe, Vermont.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Over Labor Day weekend the North American Hockey Academy, or NAHA, held a tournament that brought junior girls hockey players to rinks around northern Vermont – including the school's home rink, Stowe Arena. 

But the event was bittersweet in Stowe: It came just weeks after NAHA founder Bill Driscoll told the town he's selling the school, and the program is moving to Massachusetts.

A working kaleidoscope sculpture on the Green Mountain College campus in Poultney.
Dan Roberts, courtesy

Dan Roberts was never a student at Green Mountain College, but the now-closed campus in Poultney still played a big part in his life. He grew up about 15 minutes from the school, and he has childhood memories of playing with a 12-foot kaleidoscope that — until this week — stood on the school grounds.

The exerior of a building at Green Mountain College
Nina Keck / VPR File

Tell us: What do you want to know about Vermont's colleges and universities?

Two young men hold a banner ahead of a crowd
Elodie Reed / VPR File

Student protestors carried banners, waved signs and chanted slogans as they led hundreds of climate activists from Montpelier High School to city hall Friday morning.