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.

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UVM professor Harvey Amani Whitfield, seen here in his office, has studied the history of slavery in Vermont.
Sawyer Loftus / VPR

Vermont is often thought as one of the first state's to abolish slavery. The state's constitution, drafted in 1777, outlawed slavery, but it existed in the state's early years. There's an effort in the Vermont legislature this session to eliminate all references to slavery in the constitution.

M.T. Anderson accepts the 2006 National Book Award for Young People's Literature and speaks at a podium with the National Book logo.
Stuart Ramson / Associated Press

Vermont-based author M.T. Anderson is this year's winner of the American Library Association's Margaret A. Edwards Award. It's an annual honor recognizing an author's body of work in the area of young adult literature.

Enid Wonnacott, standing at left, with Jack and Anne Lazor.
Jack Lazor, Courtesy

Enid Wonnacott, a leader of the organic farming movement in Vermont, has died. She was 57. 

Wonnacott died on Saturday, according to the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT). Wonnacott led that organization for 30 years, and it grew significantly under her leadership.

Amy Marcinko holds up a photo of her children. Her daughter Melanie, the youngest, died in March 2018 after an overdose.
Henry Epp / VPR

While increased resources have been put towards combating Vermont's opioid crisis in recent years, the number of accidental deaths attributed to opioids have increased. Amy Marcinko is just one of the parents who've lost a child.

Dr. John Brooklyn treats patients in recovery from addiction in his office at the Chittenden Clinic in South Burlington and at several other locations in the area.
Henry Epp / VPR

When Gov. Peter Shumlin spent his entire 2014 State of the State address talking about drug addiction, John Brooklyn had already been enmeshed in the world of addiction treatment for more than a decade.

Wayne Miller of White River Junction has been in recovery for several years. He's now a program manager at the Center for Recovery Resources in Claremont, New Hampshire.
Betty Smith / VPR

Five years ago this week, former Gov. Peter Shumlin called for a statewide response to drug addiction. Wayne Miller of White River Junction is in recovery from opioid addiction, and he's spent much of the last five years working to help others stay clean.

Scott Pavek stands in a sweatshirt facing the camera, while outdoors.
Henry Epp / VPR

This week marks five years since then-Gov. Peter Shumlin focused his entire State of the State speech on addiction. For Scott Pavek, the last five years have been spent in recovery and speaking in an increasingly public way about addiction, recovery and policy.

Former Gov. Peter Shumlin delivers his state of the state speech in 2014, in which he focused exclusively on the issue of opioid addiction.
Angela Evancie / VPR File

Five years ago this week, then-Gov. Peter Shumlin dedicated his entire State of the State speech to the issue of what he called "drug addiction and drug-related crime" in Vermont. That speech made national headlines and elevated public awareness of what's become known as the opioid crisis.

Hydrocodone pills on a surface with the bottom of a container in the background.
Toby Talbot / Associated Press File

Five years ago this week, then-Gov. Peter Shumlin made a surprising move during his State of the State speech when he devoted nearly the entire address to the issue of opioid addiction. To mark the anniversary of that speech, this week we’re taking some time to look at what’s changed — and what hasn’t — when it comes to opioids in Vermont.

The exterior of the Vermont Supreme Court.
John Dillon / VPR File

On Friday, Vermont's highest court ruled in favor of Gregory Zullo, of Rutland, in a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vermont Rep. Peter Welch during a ceremonial swearing-in on Thursday. Both have their hands up and on a book and stand before two American flags.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

The 116th Congress opened Thursday, which means Democrats are now in control of the U.S. House, while Republicans maintain a majority in the U.S. Senate. VPR's Liam Elder-Connors is there, reporting on the shift in power in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, pictured in June 2016 during his presidential campaign speaking at a podium with the words A Future To Believe In on the front.
Craig Ruttle / Associated Press

Sen. Bernie Sanders is reportedly eyeing another run for the presidency in 2020, but problems within his last presidential campaign surfaced this week.

A building on the Castleton University campus when snow is on the ground.
Nina Keck / VPR File

The Vermont State Colleges System wants a big boost in state funding. Currently, state funding makes up 17 percent of the system's budget, but leaders of the colleges want that to increase to 30 percent over the next few years, amounting to $25 million more in funds.

A blue hospital monitoring line that turns into a dollar symbol.
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There are a matter of hours left to sign up for 2019 health insurance coverage on the state-run exchange during open enrollment, but a state official says residents could still complete their application next week if needed.

A Common Eastern Bumblebee visits a salvia flower at a pollinator garden at the Birds Of Vermont Museum.
Kent McFarland / Vermont Center For Ecostudies

About half of Vermont's native species of bumblebees have disappeared or are in serious decline — that's a principal finding of a new study out this month by the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and the University of Vermont.

Headshot of Maggie Cassidy, the incoming editor of the 'Valley News.'
Jennifer Hauck / Valley News

The newspaper that serves the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire named a new editor this week — Maggie Cassidy will be the next editor of the Valley News.

She'll be the first female editor in the paper’s history, and she comes to the role after several years as the paper’s web editor.

Lawn signs for the candidates. Republicans are hoping to beat House Speaker Mitzi Johnson and Ben Joseph in the Chittenden-Grand Isle District. The GOP candidates are Leland and Michael Morgan, an uncle and nephew from Milton.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR File

This week, county clerks around Vermont are preparing to run votes through tabulators again in one race for state representative and in two county-level races.

Two former employees of ABC 22 and Fox 44 both allege they faced sexual harassment and gender discrimination at the stations.
mbbirdy / iStock

The attorney for two women suing a Colchester-based TV network characterizes the stations as having a culture of harassment that stemmed from the stations’ former general manager.

Monica Hutt, Vermont's commissioner of the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, said receivership is getting several residential care homes back on track.
Bob Kinzel / VPR

This week, a fourth residential care home in northwestern Vermont was placed under the control of a state-appointed administrator. Harborview in South Burlington joins three other homes placed in so-called "receivership" earlier this month. That means a court has ordered an outside attorney take control of the homes. All four residential care facilities are owned by a Texas-based private equity firm.

In Vermont, a growing number of mental health patients stay in emergency rooms, their stays in are getting longer — and in the past nine months, state reports showed six hospitals around Vermont have violated regulations governing the treatment of psychiatric patients.