Bob Kinzel

Senior Reporter and Host, 'Vermont Edition'

Bob is a veteran Vermont journalist, specializing in political reporting. He is based in VPR’s Capital Bureau located across the street from Vermont’s Statehouse. Prior to joining VPR full time in 2002, Bob ran the Vermont News Service for 21 years. The service provided daily local news for eleven stations, including VPR. Bob started the News Service following a stint as news director for WNCS.

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The exterior of the Vermont Department of Health office in Burlington at 108 Cherry Street.
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Live call-in discussion: Who is most affected by COVID-19? We take an in-depth look at Vermont's case demographic data, and get the latest on health and safety guidance for residents and businesses.

The White House is seen in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019.
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This year is an election year. And one for the history books, no doubt. We look at what the COVID-19 crisis means for candidates and campaign strategy, and ask what lessons can be learned from campaigns of years past.

Empty stands at the Vermont Mountaineers stadium in Montpelier after the coronavirus canceled their season.
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Each spring, Vermont Edition touches base on baseball, discussing players, stoking rivalries and debating the latest proposed changes to the great American pastime. This spring, there's only one problem: there's no baseball.

We'll talk about enduring a baseball-less spring, a proposed start to the season in July amid empty stands and how coronavirus has also affected collegiate teams and softball leagues in Vermont.

Everyone's Books in Brattleboro opened its doors for limited in-store operations on Monday, May 18, 2020. We're talking about how retailers and other businesses are following state guidelines to slowly reopen.
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Retailers are able to open up in Vermont with limited capacity this week, provided they follow state health guidelines around social distancing, mask wearing, and more. We talk with three Vermont business owners about how they’ve adapting to the coronavirus and state guidelines, and what the future holds.

Pedestrian wearing a face mask crosses the street.
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As various sectors of the economy and state are allowed to reopen, questions remain about whether wearing masks should be mandated, what it's going to look like for children returning to child care, and when it's safe to visit family and friends. This hour, join us  for our regular Monday roundup of health questions and answers with Vermont's Department of Health.

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The pandemic continues, and while some social distancing guidelines are being relaxed, others continue. Many weeks into a new not-so-normal, how are you coping?  How has your situation changed? How has your work-life changed? How are you staying connected with others?

Election observers from the OSCE are watching midterm elections across the country.
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The COVID-19 crisis has raised questions about the November general election. Like, will it possible to vote safely in person? And what would it look like for states to shift to a vote-by-mail system? This hour, we take an in-depth look at how Vermont is responding. We talk to elections analysts and officials, and we also hear from you.

A new UVM survey shows many Vermonters enjoy telecommuting.
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Since mid-March, many Vermonters have been working from home. And a new UVM survey indicates that many of these telecommuters want to continue remote working after the pandemic has ended. This hour, we discuss the future of how and where we work with a team of experts and researchers , and we also hear from you.

How are you coping with Vermont's reopening?
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Helping others, connecting with friends and family. How are Vermonters coping as the state gradually reopens?

This hour, Bob Kinzel and VPR Morning Edition host Mitch Wertlieb open the lines and take your calls.

Rep. Peter Welch.
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COVID-19 has highlighted the need for broadband access, as students learn remotely, employees work from home, and health services are accessed virtually.

This hour, we talk with U.S. Rep. Peter Welch about a proposal to direct more than $80 million in federal funds to the nation's broadband infrastructure. Plus: a big picture look at what the next stimulus package might include.

Two portraits of Joe Biden and Donald Trump
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With so much pandemic all the time, it can be easy to forget that we’ve got a presidential election coming up. But it is worth remembering that our current president, and his presumptive opponent, are vulnerable to the coronavirus. 

Four Quarters, a brewery in Winooski, offers drive-thru pickup.
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Little by little, Gov. Phil Scott is taking steps to gradually reopen the state's economy. And in two weeks, the governor will re-evaluate the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order he issued six week ago. 

This hour, join Bob Kinzel and VPR Morning Edition host Mitch Wertlieb with your thoughts on this evolving process. What does it mean for you?

A doctor's hand reaches through a computer screen to put a stethoscope to a patient's heart at the other side of the telemedicine call.
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The coronavirus has highlighted our growing reliance on our computers, IT systems and broadband to navigate life, work and school under very unusual circumstances. But it's also underscored the lack of high speed broadband throughout the state.

One way to see both the increasing reliance on computers, and Vermont's broadband disparities, is the use of telemedicine during the pandemic. VPR's senior political reporter Bob Kinzel shared his findings with Vermont Edition.

Two portraits of Joe Biden and Donald Trump
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What happens if either of the two likely presidential nominees were to die from COVID-19?

A blue sign reading just arrived in vermont? please self-quarantine
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Gov. Phil Scott plans to reopen Vermont's economy through incremental turns of the "spigot". What do Vermonters think about this approach?

This hour, Bob Kinzel and VPR Morning Edition host Mitch Wertlieb hear your thoughts.

Plus, the number of new COVID-19 cases is slowing in Vermont. Does this mean that measures like social distancing and wearing masks have helped reduce the spread of the virus?

How is the COVID-19 crisis affecting Vermont families?
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Health officials continue to stress physical distancing as one of the best ways to stay safe during the COVID-19 crisis. But social distance does not mean social isolation.

This hour, Bob Kinzel and Mitch Wertlieb hear how you and your family are coping, whether you are together under one roof or miles apart.

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Music, movies, books, games, TV. What diversions are you using to pass the time and keep the mind alive during this time of self-isolation?

This hour, Bob Kinzel and VPR Morning Edition host Mitch Wertlieb team up to hear your answers.

A black and white image of two people sitting in front of microphones in a committee room.
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Several weeks ago, as the coronavirus crisis began to unfold, President Trump issued an emergency executive order which gave him the power to implement new rules and regulations to help contain the spread of the virus. The legislation the president used is known as the Stafford Act, named after Vermont Sen. Robert Stafford.

Rainbow chalk and the words "We Are Not Alone."
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The global health emergency caused by the spread of COVID-19 has made an impact on everyone. This hour, Bob Kinzel and VPR Morning Edition host Mitch Wertlieb want to hear how everyone is doing with coping skills, managing stress, and what communities are doing to come together. 

Illustration of a hand holding a dollar sign between thumb and forefinger.
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The coronavirus has left many Vermonters without a job or steady income in the last three weeks. This hour, we have an expert from Champlain College join us to answer questions about personal finance in a time of crisis, and hear stories about how COVID-19 has changed Vermonters' financial picture.