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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A man stands above a landfill pit.
Jane Lindholm / VPR File

Many Vermonters support a pending ban on food waste from landfills. But a new University of Vermont study found few people want to pay for curbside pick-up of their food scraps.

A person stands between milk tanks and blue crates.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Kimball Brook Farm is no longer in the milk business. The family-owned organic dairy sold many of its cows and halted production at its bottling plant recently, another sign of the financial pressures affecting Vermont’s signature dairy industry.

A blue and green painted van with cows on it.
Jonathansloane / iStock

Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. has dropped the claim that the milk for its ice cream comes from "happy" cows.

Advocates standing with a sign that says Human Rights in English and Spanish
John Dillon / VPR

The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles will restrict the information it shares with federal immigration authorities, according to a detailed settlement reached between the DMV, the advocacy group Migrant Justice and the ACLU of Vermont.

State troopers and protesters in the Vermont Statehouse
Jeb Wallace-Brodeur / Times Argus

Gov. Phil Scott delivered his State of the State address Thursday afternoon, but climate change activists made sure it did not go as planned. Officials had to temporarily halt the speech while police escorted 16 demonstrators from the House chamber.

People sit at a desk with people behind them.
John Dillon / VPR

The Scott administration and a leading environmental group have agreed on sweeping changes to Act 250, Vermont's development control law.

A person slides bread off a long-handled paddle onto a shelf.
Elodie Reed / VPR

A Barre bakery that was once at the center of a strong labor movement in the early 1900s is back in business.

Corey Chase, a state telecommunications infrastructure specialist, holding a cell phone and sitting at a desk.
John Dillon / VPR

The Federal Communications Commission has scrapped a grant program aimed at boosting cell coverage in underserved areas. The news is disappointing for Vermont officials, who spent months last year proving that the carriers' claims of coverage were false.

A man sitting in the woods.
John Dillon / VPR

The Nature Conservancy says its innovative plan to use a Vermont forest to help reduce greenhouse gas pollution in California did not turn out as hoped after a timber inventory showed the project was not economically feasible.

A person stands on some asphalt on a lake shore.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Laurel Casey counts herself as a casualty of farm pollution.

An illustration of a smartphone with text messages.
George Manga / iStock

Documents obtained by Vermont Public Radio show frequent contacts between top executives of Green Mountain Power and members of the Public Utility Commission.

A dam with snow on it.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR File

The municipal utility in Morrisville says a recent court ruling threatens the future of the popular Green River Reservoir.

A photocopy of a notepad with writing on it.
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Courtesy

Two state agencies have failed to penalize an Addison County farm that allowed tens of thousands of gallons of liquid manure to reach a stream and Lake Champlain. 

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.