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

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.

A sign that says University of Bridgeport with a house behind it.
DenisTangneyJr / iStock

A merger plan between Vermont's Marlboro College and University of Bridgeport, in Connecticut, was put on ice Friday. Marlboro College announced on its website that the institutions suspended those negotiations "due to concerns around the sustainability of a merged institution."

A woman snorkles.
Elodie Reed / VPR

According to local lore, ocean researcher and SCUBA inventor Jacques Cousteau got his start diving in the Northeast Kingdom town of Barnet in 1920. And now, researchers are exploring that same lake bottom to learn more about the role aquatic plants play in lake health.

A woman stands in a reception window.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

The Johnson campus of Northern Vermont University has partnered with the New York-based JED Foundation, which works with high schools and colleges to destigmatize mental health issues, address substance use and prevent suicide.

Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility
Rogelio V. Solis / AP

A Vermont inmate was found dead just after 1 a.m. Monday at a private prison in Mississippi. Vermont Commissioner of Corrections Mike Touchette said 39-year-old Christopher Chase apparently died by suicide.

A man stands next to hitching posts in Worcester and Montpelier.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

If you're traveling Route 12 between Montpelier and Worcester, there's a new ride-share option for folks willing to try something a little out of the ordinary. It's called "coffee-pooling."

A two-spotted cuckoo nomad bee specimen
Spencer Hardy / Vermont Center For Ecostudies

This summer, the Vermont Center for Ecostudies has spearheaded the Vermont Wild Bee Survey in Chittenden County. According to project coordinator Spencer Hardy, more than 320 species have been documented thus far — and nearly a dozen appear to be species of wild bees that were previously unknown to be in the state.

Interior of the Vermont Salt Cave in Montgomery Center
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

The rural Franklin County town of Montgomery is earning a reputation as a destination for people seeking alternative wellness options. It all started nearly three years ago with the opening of the Vermont Salt Cave.

Exterior of Granby Central School, a white building
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

There will soon be a local history museum in the Northeast Kingdom town of Granby. The organization opening the museum — inside a 19th-century schoolhouse — is the same group responsible for bringing electricity to the town decades ago.

Vermont State Colleges System Chancellor Jeb Spaulding standing before a computer
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Over the past decade, the number of high school graduates in Vermont has dropped 25%. In addition, fewer students see the value in a four-year college degree.

Local colleges are now competing for fewer students — and that's led some higher education leaders in Vermont to spell out ways to keep their schools relevant.

A woman holds a mask.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Ceramic artist Averill McDowell first caught the pottery bug as a student at Peoples Academy, in Morrisville.

"Pottery sort of just fell perfectly in my lap," she said. "I learned a little bit in high school how to work with pottery on the wheel. But there wasn’t, like, too much direct instruction. It was more like messing around."

Cutting the ribbon on an new Mamava suite.
Mamava, Courtesy

Two leaders in the breastfeeding industry are joining forces to support lactating mothers returning to work.

Potential partners look at plans for a new venue in Burlington.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Burton – a worldwide pioneer in snowboarding – is joining forces with other well-known Vermont businesses, in hopes of bringing something new to its own neighborhood in Burlington’s South End. If the city approves, the Burton campus will be the new home of Higher Ground and other attractions.

The exterior of the closed St. John the Apostle Church, in Johnson, Vt.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR File

A former Catholic church in Johnson has been sold to a new nonprofit aiming to fight opioid addiction.

St. Albans City Manager Dominic Cloud
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Leaders in St. Albans have been sparring with Vermont's state auditor about the city's implementation of a downtown revitalization program. Doug Hoffer says the city isn't playing by the rules, while local officials say Hoffer is trying to change the rules partway through the game.

A student sits at a table in a library holding up a copy of the novel Refugee by Alan Gratz.
Meg Malone / VPR

Each spring, upper elementary students schools in the Mt. Abraham Unified School District travel to the middle and high school library for a Jeopardy!-style trivia competition about the books nominated for Vermont's Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award.

But before the gathered students from the five different elementary schools got to play the game, there was an announcement to be made: the 2019 winner. 

Citizen scientists monitor a vernal pool in Montpelier.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

There’s been some unusual outdoor activity around Vermont this spring. In Chittenden County, people have been placing bowls of soapy water in fields, trying to catch bees. Elsewhere, people armed with clipboards have been counting amphibian egg masses and insect larvae in vernal pools.

Wood stoves for sale at Chimney Sweep II, in Berlin.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Two years ago, the state offered Vermonters money to buy a new wood or pellet stove if they got rid of an old, polluting stove. The program was so popular, they decided to do it again this year (with a few changes). So how many people have taken advantage of these different iterations of the wood stove change-out program? 

'Downstream: The Effects of Parental Incarceration' is a film that tells the struggles of Vermont families when a parent goes to jail.
Lamoille Restorative Center, Courtesy

A film about the effects of parental incarceration is making its way around the state. The movie, a project of the Lamoille Restorative Center, features young Vermonters growing up with a parent in jail.

A row of books and a DCF sign hanging below it.
Meg Malone / VPR

The Vermont Department of Libraries will be changing the name of the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award.