John Dillon

Senior Reporter, New England News Collaborative

A veteran Vermont reporter, John joined VPR in 2001. Previously, John was a staff writer for the Sunday Times Argus and the Sunday Rutland Herald, responsible for breaking stories and in-depth features on local issues. He has also served as Communications Director for the Vermont Health Care Authority and Bureau Chief for UPI in Montpelier. John was honored with two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in 2007 for his reporting on VPR. He was the lead reporter for a VPR series on climate change that in 2008 won a national Edward R. Murrow award for continuing coverage. In 2009, John's coverage of an asbestos mine in northern Vermont was recognized with a regional investigative reporting award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association.


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A milk truck pulls up outside a tall cement building.
Tony Talbot / AP

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.

A man sits at a table surrounded by people.
John Dillon / VPR

The city of Newport and a Northeast Kingdom trash hauler have raised concerns that the glass they paid to recycle was dumped instead.

Exterior of the Vermont Gas building.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

Environmental activists from Vermont and Quebec brought their fight against fossil fuel pipelines to a recent meeting of energy company shareholders in Montreal.

The exterior of the Green Monutain Power building
Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR File

State utility regulators have asked Green Mountain Power to tell its customers about the full impact of all the rate increases that could hit this fall.

The Vermont Gas pipeline to Addison County under construction
John Van Hoesen / VPR File

Several customers of Green Mountain Power say the public needs to know more about why a Canadian pipeline company wants to buy a larger stake in GMP and Vermont Gas Systems.

The state Public Utility Commission is now reviewing the ownership change.

A man wears a sign that says Ban The Bag made out of plastic bags.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Advocates are weighing in with closing arguments as a bill that bans single-use plastic bags makes it way to the governor's desk.

The control room at Green Mountain Power. The Public Utility Commission says GMP can raise rates by 5.43 percent next September.
Toby Talbot / AP

State regulators have approved a three year incentive regulation plan for Green Mountain Power that caps the company’s spending and gives it more flexibility to invest in new products and services.

Exterior of the Vermont Gas building.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

Will it matter if a major pipeline company has a larger stake in the parent companies of Green Mountain Power and Vermont Gas? Climate activists and opponents of gas pipelines think so.

Toby Talbot / AP/file

Tesla’s solar energy company is again in trouble with the state of Vermont.

Vermont State Police say officers shot and killed a man Saturday who was holding a hostage in Tunbridge.

Elaine Thompson / AP

A bill that would put Vermont in the vanguard of states trying to restrict plastic pollution awaits final action in Montpelier.

5G networks would require new antennas on existing telecommunication towers.
Emanuele D'Amico / iStock

A bill designed to boost broadband internet in Vermont has raised concerns that it will also speed the expansion of allegedly hazardous wireless technology.

Sen. Christopher Bray holds a jar of crushed glass.
John Dillon / VPR

The state is investigating the Chittenden Solid Waste District for allegedly dumping glass it collects from northern Vermont instead of recycling the material as required.

Members of St. George Villa mobile home park co-op hold up a sign that says We Own It!
John Dillon / VPR

Residents of a St. George mobile home park formed a cooperative and bought the property earlier this month, preserving an important piece of affordable housing.

The park has had a long history of wastewater problems that may need more repairs in the future, but the new owners say the risk is worth it for the benefits of securing affordable housing in the future.

Vermont lawmakers gathered around a table along with slate industry representatives
John Dillon / VPR

A bill designed to modernize Act 250, Vermont’s half-century old development review law, won’t get voted on this year.

Shrewsbury resident Jonathan Gibson testifies at the Vermont Statehouse while others are seated behind him.
John Dillon / VPR

When the power goes out, can you still call 911 in case of an emergency? As people in Shrewsbury discovered recently, the answer is: maybe not. Now a legislative committee and state utility regulators are looking into this and other issues with 911 services.

Eben Markowski stands near a field in Panton.
John Dillon / VPR

The state is investigating an Addison County farm for violating water quality regulations after it spread manure last month that flowed directly into tributaries of Lake Champlain. The case is among several farm pollution cases now under investigation by the state.

The exterior of the Green Monutain Power building
Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR File

Green Mountain Power wants a little more freedom from regulation in exchange for assuming a little more risk to its own bottom line over the next three years.

VTel CEO Michel Guite
Steve Zind / VPR File

Vermont Telephone Company CEO Michel Guite is defending his federally funded wireless broadband project, and says it serves hundreds of  thousands of addresses in Vermont. But the state says areas that were supposed to be reached by the VTel signal remain unserved.

Stock image of fiber-optic cables.
kynny / iStock

The Vermont House on Tuesday overwhelmingly backed a bill designed to spread broadband internet throughout rural parts of the state.