Nina Keck


Nina has been reporting for VPR since 1996, primarily focusing on the Rutland area. An experienced journalist, Nina covered international and national news for seven years with the Voice of America, working in Washington, D.C., and Germany. While in Germany, she also worked as a stringer for Marketplace. Nina has been honored with two national Edward R. Murrow Awards: In 2006, she won for her investigative reporting on VPR and in 2009 she won for her use of sound. She began her career at Wisconsin Public Radio. 

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In the year since Jack Sawyer was arrested for allegedly plotting to shoot up Fair Haven Union High School, improving school security has been a statewide priority. 

Many believe school resource officers play an important role - patrolling the hallways and forming relationships with students.

But some school districts are having trouble finding them.


Rutland filmmaker David Giancola’s latest movie premieres Friday at the Paramount Theatre. Axcellerator is a sci-fi-action comedy with lots of special effects, plenty of familiar backdrops and even a local celebrity or two.

The exterior of a building at Green Mountain College.
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Many students, faculty and people living near Green Mountain College say they are saddened but not necessarily shocked by the news that the 185-year-old school will close in May.

Stefanie Schaffer does a plank on a mat as part of her core exercises for physical therapy. She has two prosthetic legs.
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An explosion on a small tour boat turned a dream vacation in the Bahamas into a nightmare for one Rutland family. Doctors gave 22-year-old Stefanie Schaffer a 50 percent chance of survival, but now after six months — and dozens of surgeries — she's back home in Rutland reclaiming her life.

Henry Bouchard feeds brook trout at the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Fish Hatchery in North Chittenden.
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The hundreds of thousands of fish and fish eggs at the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Fish Hatchery in North Chittenden didn’t get the memo about the government shutdown — but they still need care every day.

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State lawmakers are expected to consider allowing a retail cannabis market during the upcoming legislative session.

Meanwhile, Vermont’s medical marijuana industry has been quietly growing since 2013 when the first dispensary opened to serve seriously ill patients.

A person helps another person put snowshoes on.
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Feel like you’ve overindulged this holiday? Need an excuse to get outside and stretch your legs?

Consider taking part in a free, guided, family-friendly hike on New Year's Day.

A variety of blue-and-white decorated snowflake cookies.
Ann Clark Cookie Cutters, courtesy

For many people the holidays wouldn’t be the holidays without baking and decorating cookies. But a growing number of creative bakers, known as cookiers, are taking their art to a whole new level.

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Fair Haven Union High School made national news last February after a former student was arrested for allegedly planning to shoot up the school. 

So when a group of parents in charge of fundraising efforts for Fair Haven Union’s Project Graduation decided to raffle off a pair of rifles it raised some eyebrows.

Kids and adults line up to spectate at the women's World Cup ski event at Killington.
Andrew Shinn

More than 30,000 spectators gathered to watch the best women alpine ski racers in the world compete this weekend in Killington. 

A view of downtown Rutland on a fall Saturday.
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Imagine your cousin calls and tells you he wants to move to your town. If you like your cousin, you might say, "Come visit! I’ll show you the sites, pass around your resume and have you meet some of my friends."

It's not a cousin connection, but a new program in Vermont called Stay to Stay works much the same way. 

Work crews setting up infrastructure for the Women's World Cup at Killington Ski Resort.
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The International Ski Federation formally approved snow conditions at Killington for this weekend’s World Cup races. Now work crews are busy putting the finishing touches on grandstands, VIP tents, camera platforms and other infrastructure needed.

Voters gather at the polling place in Monkton on Tuesday morning.
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Peter Bevere, an independent candidate for Addison County state’s attorney, has officially called for a recount of last week’s election results.

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In Rutland, Democrat William Notte beat Republican Jacqueline “Beth” Fleck to take control of a Rutland City House seat previously held by Republican Doug Gage. 

Similarly, Rutland resident Cheryl Mazzariello Hooker wrangled another victory for the Democrats, this time by winning a hotly contested Senate seat.

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Among those eligible to vote in the United States, older people show up to vote far more than younger people.

It’s a situation many schools are trying to address by getting kids  interested in local elections before they are old enough to cast a ballot.

To that end, students at Barstow Memorial School in Chittenden, welcomed more than a dozen candidates running for state and local office to talk about issues face to face.

Judge Francis B. McCaffrey Jr. in a courtroom

Visitation services will be held Saturday at the Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland for Judge Frank McCaffrey, who died Oct. 27 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center from cancer. He was 82.

Candidate signs along a road in Rutland.
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Republicans have held all three of Rutland County's Senate seats since 2014, but this year, Democrats are hoping that two open seats — along with anger over what’s going on in Washington — may help boost their chances in the upcoming election.

Martha Howe / courtesy

This week’s cold temperatures have helped Vermont get a jump on the ski season. Killington ski resort announced it will open to season passholders Friday and to the general public on Saturday.

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For residents of Brandon, the past year has been filled with noise, dust and the steady hum of roadwork. It’s part of a nearly $30 million infrastructure upgrade that’s remaking the town both above ground and below.

Democratic challenger Christine Hallquist and Republican incumbent Gov. Phil Scott argued over how best to lead Vermont Wednesday at Rutland's Paramount Theatre on stage.
Nina Keck / VPR

Vermont’s two major party gubernatorial candidates debated for the second time Wednesday night. This time they faced off in Rutland at an event hosted by VTDigger.