Nina Keck

Senior Reporter

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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An older man.
Tossing Funeral Home, Courtesy

Rutland is remembering former state's attorney and influential city alderman Art Crowley, who died Sunday at the age of 90.

A 1900s print of the Battle of Bennington.
New York Public Library Digital Collection / Wikimedia Commons

Vermont honors Bennington Battle Day every Aug. 16, marking a day that signaled a turning point in the American Revolution and a critical defeat of British forces. But few are as familiar with a piece of music composed by Bennington virtuoso pianist Ernest Murray commemorating the battle.

A small house in the foreground casts a shadow of a much larger house in the background, suggesting downsizing and transitioning.
Charlie AJA / iStock

Seniors downsizing a home often face a difficult and emotional transition from a larger house — one that may have been "home" for years — to a smaller apartment or into some form of a senior community. We're talking about what such a move entails and how to plan for it. And what's involved in sorting through a lifetime of possessions and choosing what to donate, sell, recycle or keep.

A meal from Springfield High School features a chicken quesadilla on a whole-grain tortilla, salad, steamed carrots and daikon radishes, apples and carrot sticks.
Vermont Agency of Education

Fourteen Vermont schools will lose their free lunch and breakfast programs when students return for classes this fall. But while the programs' sunsetting are ostensibly due to fewer kids living in poverty, child nutrition experts say many of those students still face food insecurity and uncertainty about their next meal.

Left, a photo of black mold inside a home; right, an image of a radon atom. "Vermont Edition" discusses how to test for mold or radon in your home and how to get rid of it.
Evgen_Prozhyrko via iStock / Greg Robson via Wikimedia Commons

Radon sounds like the subject of a 1950s sci-fi flick that turns wee little ants into colossal, man-eating monsters. And mold just sounds bad from the outset. But they really are serious health concerns. We'll discuss why you don't want either coming into your home.

woman shops at vegetable stand at a Rutland farmers market
Nina Keck / vpr

According to the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, about 65 farmers markets operate in the state – down from a high of more than 80 a few years ago. Farmers say fewer markets is not necessarily a bad thing, but they say remaining markets need to do more to compete and grow.

The U.S. EPA logo on a door of the building in Washington, DC
Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press File

Vermont has joined five other states in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to allow the continued use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos.

State Board of Education Chair Krista Huling looks over a school district map during a meeting to review Act 46 mergers. A judge has denied a request from more than 30 school districts to temporarily halt the Act 46 merger process.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR file

The chair of Vermont's State Board of Education resigned Thursday.

Krista Huling's resignation came after other board members expressed concern with her new role as treasurer for the campaign of Rebecca Holcombe, a former Vermont education secretary running for governor as a Democrat.

A man in a hawaiian shirt against a red background.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Josh Collier first came to Vermont to sing with Opera Company of Middlebury in 2014. He and his wife liked the state so much they moved to Brandon two years ago, and since then, the 32-year-old has made it his mission to bring world class opera to the community with his wildly popular Barn Opera series. 

Photo of Killington ski resorts current K-1 base lodge behind mounds of dirt and large construction machinery.
Nina Keck / VPR

Killington ski resort has begun construction on a new $29 million base lodge. It's the latest in a series of big investments the ski area has made in recent years and one of many upgrades happening at ski areas statewide.

The NeighborWorks sign outside of a brick building
Nina Keck / VPR

Vermont is known for its historic village architecture and quaint rural farmhouses, but the charm often wears off when you're trying to buy one of those old houses and realize how much it'll cost to fix up.

A pilot effort in Arlington is trying to make home renovations more affordable for working families, and proponents believe it will also help area employers.

A view of a downtown.
Nina Keck / VPR file

A Facebook post by Rutland Alderman Paul Clifford has stirred up anger, frustration and heated debate about race relations in Rutland.

Looking up at Green Mountain College entrance.
Nina Keck / VPR

The process of what comes next for three closed Vermont colleges has been a little different for each campus as they try to sell or reimagine how the physical infrastructure can be used. In at least one of these cases, that project has become mired in lawsuits.

Lea-Or Toot Zarfati-Eirmann unwinds a long spool of blue rope.
Nina Keck / VPR

A 16-year old Mill River Union High School student's controversial art project will go on display Friday at Rutland’s Chaffee Art Center, getting a public showing after all.

Looking up at Green Mountain College entrance.
Nina Keck / VPR

Want to buy a college? Something small, yet stately, with plenty of built-ins and hundreds of bedrooms? Then Green Mountain College may be for you — but hurry, because it's already turning heads in the real estate market.

A college campus with letters on the ground spelling "CSJ."
Nina Keck / VPR

Like other Vermont institutions struggling with declining enrollment and unsustainable finances, College of St. Joseph in Rutland held its final commencement last month. But college president Jennifer Scott said CSJ is working hard to chart a new course.

It was sunny and cold on Feb. 13, 2018, when 18-year-old Jack Sawyer walked out of Dick's Sporting Goods in Rutland, Vt., with a brand-new pump-action shotgun and four boxes of ammunition.

The next day, Valentine's Day, Sawyer took his new gun out for target practice.

Around the same time, about 1,500 miles away in Parkland, Fla., a 19-year-old shot and killed 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Nina Keck / VPR

The Vermont Farmers Food Center is a nonprofit in Rutland that’s been working to harness the economic potential of local agriculture. 

The group created Rutland’s indoor farmer’s market and has put teens to work on area farms.

Now they’re focused on using farming as a teaching tool. They hope a new greenhouse and a chance to grow plants will help school kids learn about nutrition, science, and themselves.

A sign for the Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport sign
Nina Keck / VPR File

Two regional airlines are competing to provide passenger service for Rutland Southern Vermont Airport — and both companies promise state-of-the-art planes.

Rutland artist Bill Ramage stands in front of his own art at Gallery 77 in Rutland.
Nina Keck / VPR

An art exhibit now showing in Rutland includes watercolors, portraits, abstract oil paintings, photographs, mixed media, video installations — even an elephant-sized pair of bright green boxer shorts. The show spans two floors and 12,000 square feet of gallery space, showcasing Vermont artists who have one thing in common: age.