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Mark Davis

Mark Davis

Senior Editor

Mark Davis has spent more than a decade working as a reporter in Vermont, focusing on both daily and long-form stories. Prior joining Vermont Public as assistant news director, he worked for five years at Seven Days, the alt-weekly in Burlington, where he won national awards for his criminal justice reporting. Before that, he spent nine years at the Valley News, where won state and national awards for his coverage of the criminal justice system, Topical Storm Irene, and other topics. He has also served as a producer and editor for the Rumblestrip podcast. He graduated from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

  • The struggle to preserve farmland in New England as housing developers open their pocketbooks to purchase more and more of it. Plus, an opportunity for municipalities short on cash to get federal infrastructure protection funding without needing local matching dollars, the parent company of the largest solar firm in Vermont declares bankruptcy, a new COVID vaccine is being prepared for release in the fall, a Topsham student sues her high school alleging calculating errors kept her from receiving a full scholarship to UVM, a new law prohibits selling body parts from bears hunted in the wild, and Rep. Becca Balint introduces a bill limiting the use of algorithms that can inflate rents.
  • Police officially close a more than 40-year old investigation involving the death of an infant in Northfield. Plus, Vermont is sued for a second time by the same law firm that spearheaded efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade, as expected, Gov. Scott vetoes a property tax hike bill, Lake Champlain gets good news regarding recovery from waste and nutrient deposits that came with last year’s floods, and more than a hundred thousand pairs of glasses used to view the solar eclipse in April have been diverted from trash collections.
  • Woodstock runs a high heel race to jump start Pride Month. Plus, why the opening of a state cannabis lab has been pushed back, challenges facing new net metering projects, Gov. Scott vetoes expanded access to restorative justice programs, wildlife officials announce a deadline for this year’s moose hunting permits with an aim of reducing winter ticks that feed off the animals, and voters in Strafford reject money for repairing the town’s historic building.
  • Vermonters and the throngs of visitors who traveled to see the event recount how it felt to witness Monday’s total eclipse of the sun. Plus, Vermont’s longest serving member of the state Senate announces his retirement, I share a few thoughts on my own eclipse watching experience, and we’ll have an update on traffic as the visiting post-eclipse crowds head out of the state.
  • Thousands of visitors came to northern Vermont to see the eclipse under mostly clear skies, many having changed their plans at the last minute.
  • The owner of a controversial military-style training facility was arrested on Wednesday afternoon after a physical struggle with a constable.
  • Towns that received federal rescue funding for housing and development projects debate how to spend the money. Plus, voters reject a large number of school budgets, how Nikki Haley managed to win Vermont’s Republican presidential primary before suspending her campaign, several towns voted on a ceasefire resolution for the war between Israel and Hamas, Barre Opera House’s executive director is stepping down, and cases of Norovirus are on the rise in the northeast.
  • Attorney General Charity Clark said today that detective Shaun Hewitt used "necessary and appropriate force" when he opened fire on Kenneth Barber Jr. as Barber tried to speed away from him
  • As of early Wednesday morning, officials said, the Vermont 211 system had received only 20 damage reports.
  • “Climate change is real. I don’t think anyone should be surprised about this,” Gov. Phil Scott said. “I don’t think we can use the traditional methods of 100-year-storms. We’ve proven with Irene, and the July flooding, and then just five months later another storm…I don’t know how to qualify them at this point.”