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Remembering Former VPR Host Steve Delaney

A headshot of Steve Delaney smiling next to a microphone
Former VPR colleague Steve Delaney, pictured here in 2005, died late last week. Among his many roles at VPR, he hosted "Morning Edition" and delivered the midday newscast.

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.

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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