Amy Kolb Noyes

Reporter

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 was a VPR contributor from 2006 to 2020.

Amy reported on communities in north-central Vermont and was VPR’s higher education reporter. In 2019 Amy received a reporting fellowship from the Education Writers Association to cover the struggles Vermont’s small colleges are facing. Syllabus for Survival: How Vermont Colleges Plan to Adapt took Amy and videographer John Billingsley to college campuses around the state.

Amy has a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University.

Ways to Connect

woman smiling in front of a window
Sophie Zdatny, courtesy

Sophie Zdatny was unanimously named Chancellor of the Vermont State College System on Monday by the system's board of trustees. She's been the interim leader of the colleges since former Chancellor Jeb Spaulding resigned in April.

Man with a net and crocuses in the foreground
Vermont Center for Ecostudies, courtesy

We're going to talk about beetles, specifically lady beetles, in an effort to uncover the truth about 14 lost lady beetle species in Vermont. That effort is being done through the Vermont Atlas of Life project committed to mapping and monitoring Vermont's biodiversity.

A couple stand in front of the Vermont Statehouse.
Associated Press File

Vermont lost one of its first ladies last week. Shelburne resident Joan Brower Hoff, wife of Gov. Phil Hoff, passed away at the age of 95 on Monday, June 29. Her husband died in 2018.

VPR Newscast for 7/6/20 at 5:04 p.m.

A baseball field at sunset.
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It's official. There will be no Minor League Baseball this summer, and that means the Vermont Lake Monsters will not be playing at Centennial Field in Burlington this year.

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The K-12 education system could soon be in line for tens of millions of dollars from the federal COVID relief funds allocated to Vermont. And along with that influx of one-time money, some advocates want to see fundamental changes in the education system.

A walkway leading to a yellow house.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 1,000 people experiencing homelessness in Vermont have been housed in hotels and motels around the state to avoid spreading illness in shelters. Now, after a few months, the state is looking to transition those individuals elsewhere.

A collage of painted rocks and a young girl holding one.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Amalie Pratt is 10 years old and lives on a gravel back road near the Elmore-Morristown line. Since she's been learning from home, she and her dad have been talking daily treks through the neighborhood. Those walks have turned into a hunt for friendship rocks.

Sign for a childcare center
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

On June 1, child care centers in Vermont will be able to open to all families for the first time since March after only being allowed to care for children of essential workers.

Law school entrance
Vermont Law School, courtesy

Colleges around the country are navigating the tricky process of choosing whether to re-open for in-person classes this fall. The University of Vermont, the state’s largest higher ed institution, is planning on bringing thousands of students back to school in a few months. But so are some of the state’s smaller colleges, like Vermont Law School in South Royalton.

Man behind a bar and beer
Courtesy Renee Nadeau

In a normal year, Vermont's celebrated craft breweries would be gearing up for a growing number of summer visitors, looking to try some of the state's hazy IPAs or sour ales. But like every industry that relies on in-person business, there's a lot of uncertainty right now for craft beer.

Twp photos, one of photographer taking a portrait of three people on the left, and one of the resulting portrait with three people on the right.
Right: Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR, Left: Lawrence Jay Kennedy, Courtesy

Two weeks ago, Elmore wedding photographer Jay Kennedy decided to turn his lens onto his neighbors. He's been capturing them at home, on their front porches as they wait out the pandemic. 

Cars driving on a roundabout.
Gordon Miller, Courtesy

After the Waterbury Record published its last issue in late March, a group of volunteers has started a community news site to try and fill the void.

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Henry Epp / VPR

A group of University of Vermont faculty is calling on the school's administration to reverse plans to cut pay for non-tenured professors next year, as the school faces looming uncertainty tied to the coronavirus. Faculty, staff and students protested from their cars in Burlington Thursday.

VPR Newscast for 5/11/20 at 5:04 p.m.

A person walking in front of a clock tower with foliage in the background.
John Billingsley / VPR File

Nearly two months after local college campuses made the call to send students home due to COVID-19, the disrupted academic semester is coming to a close.

Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Ric Cengeri / VPR File

Vermont continues to see fairly low numbers of new cases of COVID-19 each day, and the state is taking cautious steps to re-open the economy. But how does that compare to our neighbors? We're checking in this week with reporters in each state (and Canadian province) that borders Vermont about how the disease is spreading and how their local government plans to re-open the economy. New York has been the hardist hit state in the country, measuring deaths in the tens of thousands.

Springfield, Mass.
Denis Tangney Jr. / iStock

The rate of new COVID-19 infections in Vermont has been fairly low in the last few weeks, and state government is taking small steps to re-open the economy. But how does that compare to our neighbors? We're checking in with reporters in each state (and Canadian province) that borders Vermont about how the disease is spreading and how their local government plans to re-open the economy.

Massachusetts has one of the highest infection rates in the country, but there are some positive indicators in terms of the spread of COVID-19.

Movie title painted on wall
Thomas Aleto, Courtesy

The coronavirus is taking up most of the conversation around public health right now, but a new documentary by a Stowe filmmaker highlights another widespread health problem: Type 2 diabetes. The documentary is called El Susto, and it focuses on the high rates of diabetes in Mexico, linked to heavy consumption of sugary drinks and processed foods.

A baseball game.
Courtesy of Vermont Mountaineers

There’s still a chance that Major League Baseball will start up again this summer amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but one league here in New England will not be taking the field. On Friday, the board of the New England Collegiate Baseball League announced the cancellation of its season. That means the Vermont Mountaineers in Montpelier and the Upper Valley Nighthawks in Hartford won’t draw fans to their fields. The Mountaineers actually called off their season two days before the league followed suit. 

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