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Seven Days reporter on the human cost of COVID in Vermont's prisons

A chain-link fence looks out on a cold winter landscape from inside Northwest State Correctional Facility.
Toby Talbot
Associated Press File
Northwest State Correctional Facility, shown in this 2008 file photo, is featured in a Seven Days article by Derek Brouwer about the human cost of fighting COVID-19 in Vermont's prisons.

Vermont's state-run correctional facilities are only now beginning to lift pandemic restrictions that have been in place for the past two years. Vermont Edition host Connor Cyrus spoke with Seven Days reporter Derek Brouwer about his article, “Hard Time: Vermont Hasn’t Lost a Single Prisoner to Covid-19. But at what cost?” that profiles how state prisons have handled the pandemic.

Broadcast live on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Connor Cyrus joined VPR as host and senior producer in March 2021. Formerly a reporter at WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island, he's passionate about journalism’s ability to shed light on complex or difficult topics, as well as giving voice to underrepresented communities.
Originally from Delaware, Matt moved to Alaska in 2010 for his first job in radio. He spent five years working as a radio and television reporter, radio producer, talk show host, and news director. His reporting received awards from the Alaska Press Club and the Alaska Broadcasters Association. Relocating to southwest Florida, he was a producer for television news and NPR member station WGCU for their daily radio show, Gulf Coast Live. He joined VPR in October 2017 as producer of Vermont Edition.