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 wearing a stethoscope.

Many hospitals around the region are now strictly limiting visitors to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. At UVM Medical Center, for example, just one individual can accompany a person in labor and delivery.

This has meant a significant uptick in calls to certified midwives who facilitate home births according to Katie Bramhall, a midwife based in the Upper Valley and the President of the Vermont Midwives Association.

An empty day care classroom.
Kids' Work Chicago Daycare / Creative Commons

Following several orders from Gov. Phil Scott, schools and child care centers around Vermont have closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Some, however, are still providing care to children of workers deemed "essential" in the state's response to COVID-19.

Three people around a bar.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Updated 12 p.m. 3/18/2020

Amid heightened precautions around COVID-19, stores are running out of cleaning wipes, sterile gloves, face masks and hand sanitizers. But across Vermont, local distillers are taking care of one of those needs.

A sign in front of a church.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Updated 3 p.m. 3/15/2020

The Vermont Department of Health has identified three new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19. A Windsor County man in his 90s is hospitalized at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in White River Junction. A Washington County man in his 50s is home in isolation, after being treated at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. A Westchester County, New York man in his 50s was evaluated and tested at Springfield Hospital and is now self-isolating.

Vermont Law School sign on a fall day in October 2012.
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Updated 5:14 p.m. 3/13/2020

More Vermont colleges and universities have announced schedule disruptions to campus-based classes as a precautionary measure over COVID-19. While there are no reported cases thus far on any Vermont campuses, Sterling College, St. Michael's College and Vermont Law School, plus all schools in the Vermont State College system, have joined the list of schools extending spring breaks and moving to all online instruction, at least for the next few weeks.

Castleton University students walking.
Courtesy of Castleton University

Castleton University is rolling out a new campus safety smartphone app. It's the second college in Vermont to employ an app connecting students directly to safety officials, as cell phones play an increasing role in colleges’ emergency communications.

A view on a college campus with trees and brick buildings.
John Billingsley / VPR

Low enrollment and financial troubles have caused a slew of Vermont’s small, independent colleges to shut their doors. What’s causing the problem — and is there a solution?

A sign that says Marlboro College Founded 1946.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

A new wave of former Marlboro College faculty, staff and students is trying to keep the Vermont campus open.

The former Everett Mansion on the campus of the Southern Vermont College is one of the state's architectural gems.
Courtesy of Southern Vermont College

A New Hampshire boarding school is backing out of a deal to purchase the former Southern Vermont College campus in Bennington.

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.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR File

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.
John Billingsley / VPR

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.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

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.

An empty office illustration with a vacant sign hanging on a chair
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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.

A college student sits in front of a window
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

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.