John Dillon

Senior Reporter

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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Gov. Phil Scott, ANR Secretary Julie Moore, and other state officials at a press conference.
John Dillon / VPR

The state is spending more than $1 million to jumpstart technologies aimed at removing phosphorus from the environment. The money will go to five projects, selected as part of the state's "phosphorus innovation challenge," designed to capture the pollutant and make it into a marketable product.

Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan stands before a microphone.
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR File

Attorney General TJ Donovan is advising Vermont towns to consider being part of a national lawsuit that seeks to make drug companies liable for creating an epidemic of opioid addiction.

A washed out road.
Julie Scribner, Courtesy

Updated 5:10 p.m. 

State emergency management officials are taking steps to seek disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency following the Halloween wind and rain storm.

two people visible though a hold in a burned building.
James M. Patterson / Valley News

The White River Valley has lost one of its most popular roadside attractions.

Ice cream pints on a conveyor belt.
Tony Talbot / Associated Press File

A Vermont clean water activist has filed a lawsuit claiming Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc. and Unilever, its corporate parent, use misleading marketing to make consumers believe its farmers protect the environment and their animals.

Three men stand at the front of a room for a press conference, the middle one at a podium
John Dillon / VPR

Prosecutors have declined to file charges against a Montpelier police officer who fatally shot a man in August, saying the use of deadly force was justified because the man aimed what appeared to be a pistol at police.

A man stands on steps in front of people with signs.
John Dillon / VPR

In front of a crowd of 40 supporters on the Vermont Statehouse steps, political newcomer and conservative commentator John Klar announced Monday he’s running for Vermont's Republican gubernatorial nomination.

Two people stand outside next to a spool of fiber-optic cable.
John Dillon / VPR

Six percent of those surveyed in the new VPR-Vermont PBS Rural Life Survey said they had a "major problem" with access to high-speed internet, while another 14% said that not having broadband was a "minor problem" for them or their family. While these numbers may seem low, Vermont's telecommunications chief said the survey results line up accurately with the state's own data.

Cows outside
John Dillon / VPR

One takeaway from the Rural Life Survey conducted by VPR and Vermont PBS is how closely tied the dairy industry is to the state's self-image. Dairy is a cultural touchstone, but it's also an industry in decline.

VPR's John Dillon joined Vermont Edition to discuss the recent survey findings and his reporting on the dairy industry.

A man stands in a field wearing a red shirt
John Dillon / VPR

More than 90% of those surveyed in the new VPR-Vermont PBS Rural Life Survey said the dairy industry is "somewhat important" or "very important" to Vermont, yet this treasured way of life is in serious trouble.

Cows munching on feed
John Dillon / VPR

The region's largest dairy cooperative will impose a new pricing system in January in an effort to curb excess milk production.

Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell stands in front of a wall
Henry Epp / VPR

When Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell steps down at the end of the year, she’ll qualify for a $2.1 million dollar special retirement benefit.

People holding up banners outside a grocery store.
John Dillon / VPR

An advocacy group for Vermont migrant farmworkers is pressuring the Hannaford supermarket chain to join a program designed to get more money to dairy workers.

The exterior of the Green Mountain Power building in Colchester
Henry Epp / VPR File

Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell will step down from her position later this year, ending a 12-year tenure at the top of the state’s largest utility. This change comes at a time of transition for the utility.

A woman at a podium.
Wilson Ring / Associated Press File

Mary Powell will step down as president and CEO of Green Mountain Power at the end of this year, the state's largest electric utility announced Monday.

State of Vermont, Courtesy

Regulators say Vermont's largest solid waste district needed approval for disposing of crushed glass that was supposed to be recycled.

A woman stands next to a Tesla battery in her basement.
Dave Gram / Associated Press File

The state advocate for utility ratepayers has called for an investigation into Green Mountain Power’s plans to expand its home energy storage program. Vermont's Department of Public Service wants to know if all customers benefit.

The exterior of the Green Mountain Power building in Colchester
Henry Epp / VPR File

State utility regulators have approved a nearly 3% rate increase for Green Mountain Power. GMP spokeswoman Kristin Kelly said rates will rise Oct. 1 by around 2.7%, once the company factors in the reductions made by regulators.

A group of brown Jersey cows standing together outside
John Dillon / VPR

Organic dairy farmers in Vermont say inconsistent enforcement of industry standards have allowed large-scale producers to market milk that is not truly organic. The farmers are asking Congress for help to close regulatory loopholes they say have given some large farms an unfair advantage in the market.

A man stands above some infrastructure.
John Dillon / VPR

Environmentalists opposed to the expansion of a Northeast Kingdom landfill say Vermont is being inconsistent in how it regulates the landfill’s wastewater.