Former Vermont Public Radio host Steve Delaney died late last week. Delaney, who worked at VPR for about 12 years, preceded Mitch Wertlieb as host of Morning Edition and delivered the station's midday news report — all with his characteristic baritone newsman's voice and measured delivery.
Delaney had previously worked as a longtime correspondent for NBC News, where he covered politics, the Middle East and the State Department during the Iran hostage crisis. He was also a correspondent for Christian Science Monitor Radio, and he authored several books about Vermont.
From the VPR Archive — Interview: Retired Broadcaster And Author Steve Delaney [Nov. 6, 2009]
While at VPR, Steve would both host and provide analysis. His instantly recognizable voice made him the natural choice to narrate a number of radio documentaries, including 2008's My Vermont about the identity of the state.
Delaney and his wife Lynn were living in Charlotte, North Carolina, in the winter and spent summers in Milton, Vermont — although his failing health had made his return to the state impossible this year. His family is planning a celebration of his life in Milton on July 27.