Publisher Diane Zeigler is in charge of VTDigger’s membership, marketing and underwriting programs.
Zeigler was previously the director of Web strategies and client affairs at KSE Partners, a Montpelier communications and government affairs firm. She directed the communications and advertising effort for the landmark 2009 Vermont Freedom to Marry Campaign, managed local and national ad campaigns, produced television and radio spots, CD compilations and video documentaries, and has served on numerous technology development teams. Prior to her work with KSE, Zeigler was webmaster and director of technology projects at the Vermont Arts Council from 2002-2008, and was the development and canvass director at the Vermont Public Interest Research Group from 1987-1992.
Luekhamhan was previously the executive director for Montpelier Alive, Montpelier’s nonprofit downtown revitalization organization, where she increased the organization’s public profile with coordinated marketing and promotional efforts that contributed to successful fundraising campaigns. Her work on Montpelier Art Walk, PoemCity and Capital City Cash earned awards from the Vermont Downtown & Village Centers Program. She is the co-founder of PoemCity and serves as its Vermont state coordinator. She comes to VTDigger with a background in volunteer management, event and project planning as well as program and business development. She has received nonprofit training from Marlboro College and Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP). A lifelong Vermonter, she lives in Barre.
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Tom Brown is VTDigger’s assignment editor. He is a native Vermonter with two decades of daily journalism experience. Most recently he managed the editorial website for the Burlington Free Press, Vermont’s largest daily newspaper. He has been a reporter, editor, manager and all-around technology resource at newspapers in Vermont, Utah and Pennsylvania. He has a BA in Journalism from Johnson State College and also attended California State University-Fullerton. He lives in Montpelier and loves to spend time with his teenage son.
Cate Chant is a part-time copyeditor for VTDigger. Her professional life has included various aspects of publishing, including graphic arts, writing and editing. She has lived off and on in Vermont; her latest return was in 2002 after 11 years in western Massachusetts. She had her start in journalism as a reporter at the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Mass., and was a copy editor there for many years. She was a western Massachusetts stringer for The Boston Globe for 4½ years. Most recently, she was a copy editor for the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, where she worked many a Friday and Saturday night with Anne Galloway. She has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She lives in Northfield with her husband, Steve Belitsos, and their twins, Luke and Libby.
Editor and Executive Director
Anne Galloway is the founder of VTDigger.org. She serves as the editor of the publication and executive director of the nonprofit Vermont Journalism Trust. She has worked as a reporter and editor in Vermont for 17 years. Galloway was the editor of the Sunday Rutland Herald and Barre Times Argus from 2004 to 2009. She began her career in newspapering as a pre-med-student-turned-literature major at the University of Kentucky, when her first feature story was published in the Kentucky Kernel. She moved to her husband’s home state, Vermont, in 1988 and took a job as a staff writer for the Hardwick Gazette and then the Barton Chronicle. For many years, Galloway was a contributing writer for Seven Days Newspaper and a visual arts reviewer for the Times Argus. Her reporting has appeared in The New York Times (the Vows column), the New York Daily News, Vermont Life and City Pages (Minneapolis). She is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. Galloway and her husband have two adult children. They live in East Hardwick.
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John Herrick is VTDigger’s energy and environment reporter. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Vermont. He came to VTDigger in June 2013 as an intern helping to compile our campaign finance database. His hard work and quick learning skills earned him a full-time job as a reporter.
Laura Krantz is VTDigger’s criminal justice and corrections reporter. She moved to VTDigger in January 2014 from MetroWest Daily, a Gatehouse Media newspaper based in Framingham, Mass. She won the 2013 Morley Piper First Amendment Award from the New England Newspaper and Press Association for her investigation of the Ashland Police Department. She is skilled in the use of public records to find the real story. She is a 2010 graduate of Boston University, where she studied comparative religion.
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Hilary Niles joins VTDigger as data specialist and business reporter. She returns to New England from the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, where she earned a Masters Degree. While there, she worked at Investigative Reporters & Editors and covered state and local government for radio, print and the Web. She’s been a researcher-in-residence at American University’s Investigative Reporting Workshop in Washington, D.C.; a reporter and community radio program director in the New Hampshire; and, in Boston, a public radio producer. She studied English at the University of New Hampshire and documentary writing at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Maine.
Morgan True is VTDigger’s health care reporter. A Seattle native, he graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Journalism before working for several publications in Massachusetts. He came to VTDigger in December 2013 from The Brockton Daily Enterprise, where he covered government, schools and hospitals in a city of about 100,000 people. Before joining The Enterprise, he worked for The Associated Press in Concord, N.H., where he served as a relief reporter in the Statehouse. He previously worked for The Quincy (Mass.) Patriot Ledger and as an intern at the Worcester (Mass.) Telegram & Gazette. Many eyes are on Vermont as it moves toward universal health care coverage in 2017 and he is excited to be on the front lines.
Jon Margolis, author of The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964, left the Chicago Tribune early in 1995 after 23 years as Washington correspondent, sports writer, correspondent-at-large and general columnist. Margolis spent most of his Tribune years in the Washington Bureau as the newspaper’s chief national political correspondent. In 1988, he was one of the journalists asking questions of Senators Lloyd Bentsen and Dan Quayle in their televised vice presidential debate. Before joining the Tribune in 1973, Margolis had been the Albany Bureau Chief for Newsday. He was the first reporter on the scene of the Attica prison rebellion in 1971, and spent the entire first night inside the prisoner-held “D” yard. Earlier, Margolis was a reporter for the Bergen Record in Hackensack, N.J.; the Miami Herald and the Concord Monitor (N.H.). In addition to The Last Innocent Year, published by William Morrow in 1999, he is the author of How To Fool Fish With Feathers: An Incompleat Guide to Fly Fishing (Simon and Schuster, 1991) and The Quotable Bob Dole — Witty, Wise and Otherwise, (Avon Books, 1995). He also wrote two chapters of Howard Dean: A citizens Guide to the Man Who Would be President (Steerforth, 2003). A native of New Jersey, Margolis graduated from Oberlin College in 1962. He served in the US Army.
Kate Robinson originated and produced Vermont Public Radio’s Camel’s Hump Radio series from 1999 to 2001. She is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism, was a reporter for the Greenwich Time (Conn.), the Jersey Journal and the New York Post, the assistant managing editor for The World Press Review, and a senior editor and producer for Prodigy Services’ online news service until moving to Vermont in 1996. Her freelance pieces have appeared in Family Circle and other national magazines and she is the author of two books, the most recent a biography of J. Richardson Dilworth, the head of the Rockefeller family offices.