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Looking Back At 2015: Surprising Politics, Tragedy In Barre, Progress On Pollution

Toby Tabot/AP, Angela Evancie/VPR, Kathleen Masterson/VPR
Jody Herring, Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign kickoff, Gov. Peter Shumlin, heritage Randall cattle.

On this final day of 2015 we're taking a look back at some of the year's most significant news stories, some of which will no doubt influence events in 2016.

The rocket rise of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, the surprising announcement that Gov. Peter Shumlinwould not be seeking re-election – and that a leading contender to replace him would be dropping out of the race for personal reasons – highlighted political news. 

In a big economic story, there was a sense of relief after a major private employer in Vermont would be staying put following its sale to a multi-billion dollar out-of-state company.

The state mourned the horrific shooting death of a Department for Children and Families social worker. And Vermont small farmers prepared for a seismic shift in their daily lives with the advent of new Clean Water Act regulations. 

John worked for VPR in 2001-2021 as reporter and News Director. Previously, John was a staff writer for the Sunday Times Argus and the Sunday Rutland Herald, responsible for breaking stories and in-depth features on local issues. He has also served as Communications Director for the Vermont Health Care Authority and Bureau Chief for UPI in Montpelier.
A graduate of NYU with a Master's Degree in journalism, Mitch has more than 20 years experience in radio news. He got his start as news director at NYU's college station, and moved on to a news director (and part-time DJ position) for commercial radio station WMVY on Martha's Vineyard. But public radio was where Mitch wanted to be and he eventually moved on to Boston where he worked for six years in a number of different capacities at member station a Senior Producer, Editor, and fill-in co-host of the nationally distributed Here and Now. Mitch has been a guest host of the national NPR sports program "Only A Game". He's also worked as an editor and producer for international news coverage with Monitor Radio in Boston.
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