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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A woman stands in the center of children on a blue rug.
Elodie Reed / VPR

The smell of fish sticks, crayons, and the sweet-yet-slightly-grubby smell of small children. If you’re a parent, you know what we’re talking about. If you’re not? Welcome to child care.

Gloved hands hold up a flu vaccine
Don Wright / Associated Press for Sanofi Pasteur Photo

It's flu season, and health officials encourage nearly everyone six months and older to get a flu shot.

Christine Finley, the immunization program manager with the Vermont Department of Health, said the good news is there is no shortage of regular vaccines this year — however a high-dose version, for those over age 65, has been a bit harder to get.

The Rutland City Police Department in September 2015.
Nina Keck / VPR

Update 9:50 a.m. 10/10/2019 Vermont State Police have identified the man whose body was discovered in Salisbury, in a case that is believed to be connected to the shooting in Rutland. The victim is Nicholas Louras, 34, of Rutland.

A Rutland City Police cruiser parked outside the Rutland City Police building
Nina Keck / VPR

Updated 6:25 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8

Vermont State Police are investigating two separate, but what they believe are connected, incidents in Rutland and Salisbury. In Rutland, local police shot and killed the 33-year-old son of the city's former mayor early Tuesday morning. The same day, police discovered a man's body on Lake Dunmore Road.

people look at fall foliage scenery from bridge overlooking Quechee Gorge.
Nina Keck / VPR

If you’ve gotten caught behind a lot of slow moving traffic lately, you're not alone. And yup, it can be incredibly frustrating. But remember: all those leaf peepers will add millions to the state coffers.

A view of a downtown.
Nina Keck / VPR

When Rutland's former mayor Christopher Louras announced in the spring of 2016 that the city would resettle 100 mostly Syrian refugees to boost the local workforce, two camps formed: one that welcomed the new families, and another that didn't.

Several years later, both groups have mostly disbanded. In the meantime, the city has returned to solving the problem that caused the whole refugee resettlement debate: it needs more people to move to the region.

The Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program office in Colchester.
Meg Malone / VPR

The number of refugees entering the U.S. has fallen dramatically in the last three years: from roughly 85,000 refugees entering the country in 2016 to fewer than 30,000 people this year. The number of refugees resettling in Vermont has shrunk to roughly a third of what it was three years ago. We're talking about changes to the country's refugee policies and how it affects the refugees coming to the country, the families they leave behind and the nonprofits and agencies helping them resettle.

A girl plays piano while two boys and their mother watch.
Elodie Reed / VPR

They fled violence in Syria. They moved from place to place for years. And now, Hazar, Hussam and their three kids are finally settling into their new home in Rutland, which they call a "magical place."

A man stands in a park against brick buildings.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Three years after placing himself in the center of Rutland's refugee resettlement debate and losing his mayoral seat, Christopher Louras only regrets the refugee families who never came.

The exterior of a building at Green Mountain College.
Nina Keck / VPR

No one has bought Green Mountain College yet — so to help pay for campus upkeep, some of the artwork, books and furniture the college collected over the years is being auctioned this week.

A photo of Hull Maynard.
photo provided by family

Former Rutland County Sen. Hull Maynard died Thursday at age 85. A Republican from Shrewsbury, Maynard served in the Vermont Senate from 1996 through November 2009, when he resigned his seat to spend more time with his family.  

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. 

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