Henry Epp

Host/Reporter, All Things Considered

Henry Epp is host of All Things Considered and a reporter at VPR.

Henry came to VPR in 2017 after working for five years as a host and reporter at New England Public Radio (NEPR) in Springfield, Massachusetts. At NEPR, Henry covered local and state elections, the development of a casino in Springfield, college football, a battle rap competition and many stories in between.

Henry was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts in 2012.

Ways to Connect

A fence around a building under construction in downtown Bennington, Vt.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Work is underway on a revitalization project in downtown Bennington that local leaders hope could bring some liveliness and economic activity to the center of town. As that Putnam Block project gets going, the long-running Oldcastle Theatre Company has purchased a space right next to the ongoing development project.

Bernie Sanders standing against a blue sky.
Paul Sancya / Associated Press

Many of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' policy positions have stayed remarkably consistent throughout his decades in politics, but his position on gun control has changed over time. His complex relationship with the issue goes all the way back to the first time he won statewide office in Vermont.

Headshot of Lisa Senecal
Lisa Senecal, Courtesy

Lisa Senecal of Stowe has been elected chair of the Vermont Commission on Women.

The Vermont Commission on Women is a non-partisan government board that works to advance rights for women within the state. Senecal takes over the position from Marcia Merrell, who is stepping down after serving as chair of the commission for the past decade.

A milk truck pulls up outside a tall cement building.
Tony Talbot / Associated Press File

Updated at 3:45 p.m.

The 340 farmer-owners of the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery will soon decide whether to merge their century-old institution into Dairy Farmers of America, a much larger Kansas-based dairy marketing co-op.

Bristol Tree Warden John Swepston gestures at the damaged trunk of an ash tree
Henry Epp / VPR

The emerald ash borer has been detected in Bristol, marking the invasive insect's first appearance in Addison County.

The interior of the VPR talk studio with a microphone, chair and VPR logo on the wall.
Meg Malone / VPR File

Back in 2007, Vermont put a moratorium on state spending for school construction. Although it was supposed to be temporary, the state hasn't put public dollars into school projects for more than a decade.

Bernie Sanders speaking at a podium, pointing toward the crowd with an American flag behind him
Andrew Harnik / Associatd Press

On Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders gave a speech defending the political philosophy he calls "democratic socialism." The speech comes as Republicans, including President Donald Trump, and some moderate Democrats attempt to use "socialism" as an attack on more liberal Democrats like Sanders.

Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo, left, and Deputy Chief of Operations Jon Murad speak at a press conference Wednesday in Burlington.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

The Burlington City Council voted last week to create a special committee examining law enforcement policy following several incidents in which officers allegedly used excessive force.

A man looks out a window.
Emily Corwin / NHPR

"I want to know what it's really like to be out of prison, but not free. To have to check in with a parole officer, regularly, for years. To start again and to try not to get sent back."

That was the goal Vermont Public Radio investigative reporter Emily Corwin set out with in her recently released podcast for New Hampshire Public RadioSupervision. What she ended up with is a five-month journey alongside one New Hampshire parolee, Josh Lavenets, told over the course of four episodes. 

A woman stands against a wall mural.
Elodie Reed / VPR

In her yearlong series, "Hooked: Stories and Solutions from Vermont's Opioid Crisis," Seven Days writer Kate O'Neill investigates the reality of opioid addiction in Vermont. O'Neill's June 5 article, "Between a 'Hub' and a Hard Place," shares three stories about the challenges of living with opioid addiction in rural areas.

David Ainsworth among a group
Toby Talbot / Associated Press File

Former South Royalton Rep. David Ainsworth died Friday at age 64. He was one of the last few dairy farmers to serve in the Vermont Legislature.

Michael and Julie Orenbach stand side-by-side in Winooski.
Emily Corwin / VPR

Earlier this week, Burlington International Airport released a long-awaited report on the projected noise impact from the scheduled arrival of F-35 fighter jets later this year.

The report reignited a long-running debate about the basing decision — and then the region got an unexpected preview of what the planes will sound like Friday morning.

Two F-35A jets flying over California.
Ben Margot / Associated Press

By 2023 the number of residents exposed to high levels of noise from Burlington International Airport will increase significantly, according to a new report published by the airport this week.

The study takes into account the arrival of new F-35 fighter jets, which are slated to be based at the airport starting later this year.

Michael Pieciak
Hilary Niles / For VPR

Criminal fraud charges filed this week against four defendants over their involvement in an EB-5 investment scheme in the Northeast Kingdom are a step toward closure, according to Vermont Commissioner of Financial Regulation Michael Pieciak.

Steven Bourgoin sitting in court
Glenn Russell / VTDigger.org via Associated Press, Pool, File

A jury has found Steven Bourgoin guilty of five counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of five teenagers — Mary Harris, Cyrus Zschau, Liam Hale, Janie Cozzi and Eli Brookens — in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 89 in October 2016.

Evangelist Franklin Graham
Bebeto Matthews / Associated Press

Preacher Franklin Graham will bring his evangelical Christian message to the Burlington area Tuesday night. The event at the Champlain Valley Exposition, in Essex, is part of Graham's "Decision America" tour.

A planner with a spot for each day of the week, set on a purple background
csy302 / iStock

Vermont lawmakers have been putting in long hours at the Statehouse this week, trying to wrap up work on a number of complex policy bills. While the Legislature had been hoping to adjourn this weekend, House Speaker Mitzi Johnson said they're going to have to come back for at least a couple days next week.

Shacksbury Cider with Japanese labels.
Henry Epp / VPR

In 2015, Vermont's Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets secured $25,000 from a federal grant to help fund a trade mission to Japan. Leaders of eight small food producers, along with a few government employees, headed to Tokyo for four days in October 2016.

The goal was to drum up new business in an international market. So, a few years later, have those companies made sales to Japan?

A Chevy Bolt that's green and white and has the Burlington Electric logo on it.
Henry Epp / VPR

In 2017, officials gathered in Burlington to announce new incentives and rebates aimed at getting Vermonters to buy electric cars. The idea was to make electric vehicles more affordable for more people. But since then, how many low- or middle-income customers actually bought electric cars with those rebates?

Angela Evancie / VPR

After serving on Vermont’s highest court for 22 years, Justice Marilyn Skoglund sent a letter to Gov. Phil Scott this week saying she’ll be stepping down this September.