The Vermont Journalism Trust

VTDigger is a statewide news organization that publishes in-depth news reports on matters of public interest, and the only daily news organization in Vermont that publishes exclusively online.  It reaches 145,000 individual readers a month and posts daily news stories about state government, politics, consumer affairs, business and public policy. VTDigger was founded in 2009 and merged with the Vermont Journalism Trust in 2011, becoming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

The mission of Vermont Journalism Trust and VTDigger is to produce rigorous journalism that explains complex issues, holds the government accountable to the public, and engages Vermonters in the democratic process.

Please scroll to the end of this post for our 501(c)3 letter of determination from the IRS and our 2011 IRS form 990.

Please read the Vermont Journalism Trust/VTDigger.org Policy Guidelines

Anne Galloway

Anne Galloway

Anne Galloway is the executive director of the Vermont Journalism Trust and an ex-officio board member. Galloway is the editor and founder of VTDigger.org. She is the former Sunday editor of the Rutland Herald and Times Argus. She has worked as a reporter and editor in Vermont for more than 20 years. Her reporting has appeared in The New York Times (Vows), the New York Daily News, Seven Days, Vermont Life and City Pages (Minneapolis).

Officers of the Vermont Journalism Trust Board
Curtis Koren

Curtis Koren

Curtis Ingham Koren (president) is the founder of Vermont Intercultural Semesters (VIS), an accredited program that conducted ten high school and “gap” semester programs featuring intercultural immersion in Ladakh, India. In 2012, building on the track record of VIS, Koren co-founded FrontiersAfar (FAR), a new organization to develop additional experiential education programs in India and at other sites. Before becoming an educator, Koren worked as an editor and writer at Ms. Magazine, as a Middle-East correspondent based in Cyprus, and as a journalist at the United Nations. She currently serves on the Boards of the Vermont Journalism Trust and the Brookfield Community Partnership, which she helped found to spearhead community and educational projects in Brookfield, Vermont.

Carol Ode

Carol Ode

Carol Ode (vice president) is a past member and chair of both the Vermont State Board of Education and the Burlington School Board, and she served on the Vermont School Boards Association board as an elected representative from Grand Isle and Chittenden counties. She worked as Legislative Coordinator for Downs Rachlin Martin’s Government and Public Affairs Team during the 2010-2012 Biennium. She served on UVM’s Alumni Council and the UVM Trustee’s Academic and Student Programs Committee. She vice-chaired the Vermont Bar Foundation board and then became a consultant to the VBF and the Access to Justice Coalition. She chaired the Vermont Bar Association’s Public Education Committee and was its Women’s Section Liaison to the Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women. She served Burlington on its Waterfront Board. She has volunteered for United Way, Lyric Theatre, and the Flynn Theatre. She is a founder, past president and current board member of the Burlington Students Foundation. She served on the Lund Family Center board. She graduated from Cornell Law School and from UVM, Phi Beta Kappa. Carol lives in Burlington with her husband Paul. They have four children.

Mathew Rubin

Mathew Rubin

Mathew Rubin (treasurer) is the President of Spruce Mountain Design and developer and operator of renewable energy projects, including the Winooski One Hydroelectric Project. Matt is an outspoken practitioner of environmental sustainability from food production to electric generation, and consults on hydro projects in New England and globally. A leading proponent of renewable sources of electricity and supporter of efforts to mitigate the effects of business operations on our natural and social environment, Matt was a founding member of VBSR and serves on the boards of Renewable Energy Vermont, the Vermont Independent Power Producers Association and the Vermont Public Interest Research Group.

Carin Pratt

Carin Pratt

Carin Pratt (secretary) grew up in Marshfield, Massachusetts. She graduated with a degree in German Studies from Harvard University. While there, and for a year after graduation, she worked for the Nieman Foundation for Journalism as assistant to the Executive Director. After a stint at the (now defunct) World Paper in Boston, she moved to Austin, Texas to work for the political campaign of Jim Hightower for Texas Railroad Commission. Pratt moved to Strafford, Vermont, in June 2011, after retiring from CBS after 27 years. Pratt was executive producer of Face the Nation for 20 years. Her husband, John Echeverria, is a professor at Vermont Law School. She has two children.

Currently Serving Directors
Kevin Ellis

Kevin Ellis

Kevin Ellis is a co-founder and partner in Ellis Mills Public Affairs, a consulting firm offering political strategy and communications counsel to companies and nonprofits nationwide. Kevin co-founded Ellis Mills after 22 years at KSE Partners, LLC, a leading government affairs and communications firm. He led campaigns and counseled companies and nonprofits in government strategy, public relations and crisis communications, including the historic same-sex marriage campaign in 2009. At KSE, he helped lead the firm from three employees to 35, extending its reach into national government affairs consulting and strategic communications. Kevin advised clients in telecom, transportation, health care, farm-to-plate agriculture and education. He spent nine years as a journalist beginning with the syndicated columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Jack Anderson in Washington, DC. He was a reporter at The Tennessean in Nashville, covering police, City Hall and political campaigns. As Washington correspondent for The Tennessean in the early 1990s, he covered the presidential campaign of Al Gore, The Tennessee Valley Authority and many other national stories. From 1991-93, he was an environmental and political reporter for the Burlington (VT) Free Press. He serves on the board of directors of Chelsea Green Publishing, a leading environmental and sustainability publisher and the Green Mountain Film Festival in Montpelier.

Don Hooper

Don Hooper

Don Hooper is Regional Representative of the National Wildlife Federation where he works on mutual initiatives with NWF affiliates the Vermont Natural Resources Council, the Environmental League of Massachusetts and the Natural Resources Council of Maine. At Harvard, then in Botswana (Peace Corps ‘69-‘71), Don imbibed Chief Seattle’s admonition that we haven’t so much “inherited this planet from our parents as we’ve borrowed it from our children.” Later, as a gung-ho college teacher, a hippie farmer, a think-outside-the-dots legislator, a “count every vote” Secretary of State, and an ardent lifelong “intelligent tinkerer conservationist” (Aldo Leopold urges us to ‘save all the parts’), Don has always thought it a good idea to try to leave the planet a better place than we found it. The Hooper family lives on a tilted hill farm in Brookfield where the family business (Allison’s, really), Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, started a quarter-century ago.

Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson is President of The Johnson Family Foundation, and serves on the Board of Vermont Public Radio, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children, and Green Mountain College. Tom is a past President of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar and of Media Study New York, a film and television production company. His credits include several award winning documentary films. His BA is from Williams College, and MFA from Stanford University. He lives in Poultney Vermont with his wife Ina Smith.

Crea Lintilhac

Crea Lintilhac

Crea Lintilhac is a Director of the Lintilhac Foundation, a Vermont family foundation providing funding for clean water, renewable energy, and land use management. She serves on the boards of advisors of the Rubenstein School of Natural Resources and the Water Resources and Lake Studies Center at the University of Vermont. She is also a board member of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, the Conservation Law Foundation, and the Conservation and Research Foundation funding conservation projects worldwide.

Neale Lunderville

Neale Lunderville

Neale F. Lunderville is the Interim General Manager of the Burlington Electric Department. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer of NG Advantage LLC, a natural gas distribution company and also served as the Leader of Enterprise Innovation at Green Mountain Power. In 2011, he was appointed Irene Recovery Officer for the State of Vermont, leading and coordinating Vermont’s recovery from the worst disaster to hit the state since the floods of 1927. Lunderville served in two top cabinet posts in Vermont state government: Secretary of Administration, where he oversaw the daily operations of state government; and Secretary of Transportation. He also served as Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs and a member of the governor’s senior staff. Lunderville has been a member of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors since 2003 and serves as Vice President of the Preservation Trust of Vermont. Lunderville is a board member of the Vermont Long Term Disaster Recovery Group and Champlain College, and serves on the Champions Council of the New Moran project on Burlington’s waterfront. He graduated from American University in Washington, D.C., and was awarded their 2012 Alumni Achievement award.

Bill Mares

Bill Mares

Raised in Texas, educated at Harvard, Bill Mares has worked as a reporter and photo-journalist at newspapers in four states. For six years he was a State Representative in Vermont. He also taught high school history in Vermont for 20 years. He has authored or co-authored 15 books on subjects ranging from the Marine Corps, to desert travel, to economic democracy to beekeeping, to four books of Vermont humor with UVM Prof. Frank Bryan, etc. In the last 8 years he has done over 140 commentaries for Vermont Public Radio. Currently, he is co-chair of the Vermont Council on World Affairs. He lives in Burlington with his wife of 45 years, Christine Hadsel. They have two sons.

David Mindich

David Mindich

David Mindich is chair and professor of the media studies, journalism & digital arts department of St. Michael’s College. He has been at the college since 1996. Before coming to St. Michael’s, Mindich worked as an assignment editor for CNN and earned a doctorate in American Studies from New York University. He has written articles for the Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Wilson Quarterly, and other publications. He is the author of Just the Facts: How “Objectivity” Came to Define American Journalism and Tuned Out: Why Americans Under 40 Don’t Follow the News. In 2002, the AEJMC awarded Mindich the Krieghbaum Under-40 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research, Teaching and Public Service. In 2006, CASE and the Carnegie Foundation named Mindich the Vermont Professor of the Year.

Lauren Geiger Moye

Lauren Geiger Moye

Lauren Geiger Moye has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of public relations, communications, and development. She is currently the Director of Development at the Keewaydin Foundation (Salisbury, VT), and previously served in development at Norwich University and Goddard College. Prior to that, she was Vice President at Demont Associates, a fundraising consulting firm where she directed capital campaigns and feasibility studies for non- profits throughout the Northeast. Her career in Vermont began as a co-producer at Kingdom County Productions for the independent film “Where The Rivers Flow North,” and for the TV series “Windy Acres.” Lauren also worked in the fields of publishing at St. Martin’s Press and Macmillan, and in PR at the New York Public Library and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. She has served on the boards of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Northern New England, The Vermont Women’s Fund, the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, and on the vestry of St. Andrews’ Episcopal Church. Lauren is a Fairbanks Museum Fellow and Emmy award winner.

John Reilly

John Reilly

John Reilly is an independent consultant with over 35 years in the field of communications and public relations, with experience in journalism, public and media relations, corporate philanthropy, community involvement and employee engagement. John began his career as a reporter with the Burlington Free Press. He spent 12 years as a journalist with the Gannett and Newhouse newspaper groups in Burlington and in Washington D.C. and was part of the pilot team of Gannett reporters and editors that launched USA Today in 1982. From 1989 to 2014 John worked at MFS Investment Management in Boston, creating several new functions for the company, including its first media relations department, its first organized corporate philanthropy program, a broad-based program of employee volunteerism, and a Global Corporate Citizenship program encompassing the offices across the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia.John serves on the board of City Year Boston and sits on advisory councils with WGBH public broadcasting and Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and Kingdom County Presents in St. Johnsbury. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College and Johns Hopkins University and divides time between homes in Sheffield, VT, and Southborough, MA.

Kathryn Stearns

Kathryn Stearns

Kathryn Stearns, a resident of Hanover, N.H., has spent 35 years in journalism as a reporter, editor and editorial writer. She is an occasional contributor to Vermont Public Radio’s Commentary Series. In 2012, she stepped down as editorial page editor of the Valley News, an award-winning daily covering Dartmouth College, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and more than 40 towns in the Upper Connecticut River Valley. She received a New England Press Association award for editorial writing in 2008. While living in London, England, in the 1990s, she contributed regularly to The Economist’s Britain section and its Global Agenda website. From 1980 to 1993, she was a member of The Washington Post’s editorial page staff. She edited the letters column, commentary pages and wrote editorials on a wide range of topics, including education, public policy and the arts. She and her husband, Robert Bruce, have three grown children.

Lars Hasselblad Torres

Lars Hasselblad Torres

Lars Hasselblad Torres is Executive Director of Burlington’s Generator makerspace. In that role he drives day-to-day operations, long-term planning and everything in between. Prior to joining Generator, Lars served as Director of Vermont’s Office of the Creative Economy. He has also served as an Innovation Prize Advisor to the US Agency for International Development, lead designer and head of MIT’s Global Challenge, and director of AmericaSpeaks’ Democracy Lab for innovation and research. An avid reader, hiker and board game enthusiast, Lars lives in Montpelier with his wife, daughter and coterie of animals.

Founding/Retired Members

Cyndy Bittinger, for 18 years, was the Executive Director of The Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation, a national organization based in Plymouth, Vermont. Simultaneously she taught Vermont history at the Community College of Vermont in Wilder and continues this educational outreach, mainly online. She is a commentator for Vermont Public Radio and a speaker for OSHER, Road Scholar, and Ilead, all senior educational programs. Her early career included work for the Mayor of New York and the Office of Economic Affairs, a Massachusetts agency.

Henry “Sam” Chauncey, Jr. was Vice President and Secretary of Yale University, President of Science Park Development Corporation and President of Gaylord Hospital. He has been involved in numerous non-profit organizations, including the beginning of a weekly newspaper, the New Haven Independent in Connecticut.

Douglas Clifton was editor of the Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio, executive editor of the Miami Herald, managing editor of the Charlotte Observer and news editor of the Knight Ridder Washington bureau. He started his newspaper career as a reporter at the Miami Herald and held a number of editing positions there before going to Washington.

Allen Gilbert is executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont. He has been a journalist and teacher, and helped form a Montpelier, Vt.-based public policy and research firm. He is active in education affairs, serving on local school boards and as president of the Vermont School Boards Association. He came to his ACLU position through involvement as a plaintiff in ACLU-sponsored education finance litigation

Cornelius ‘Con’ Hogan has had careers in corrections, business, human services, and as an international consultant on children’s issues. He is a long time partner in East Hill Farm in Plainfield and currently serves on the Board of the Permanent Fund for the Well-Being of Children and as Chair of Trustees for the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He has worked for five governors of both parties in Vermont since the early 70’s.

Ina Smith Johnson brings 30 years of experience as a film and video editor for NBC Network News, NOVA, Frontline, and independent documentaries. She has been a full-time Vermont resident for more than 13 years and has been fully engaged in her community as President of the Poultney Historical Society, founder of the Poultney Earth Fair now in its eighth year, and producer of the award-winning Poultney Walking and Driving Tours video podcasts, the first of its kind in Vermont. She is on the boards of several philanthropic organizations, among them the Preservation Trust of Vermont, the Vermont Marble Museum, and the Johnson Family Foundation.

Mark Johnson is a respected journalist who covered crime and politics for the Burlington Free Press. Mark brought his talents to the airwaves in 1990 at WKDR in Burlington. His program was added to the WDEV schedule in 1999 and he has held the 9 a.m.-11 a.m. segment ever since. Recognized as one of the most important newsmaker programs on radio, Mark’s interviewing style allows for frank and open discussion of even the most explosive issues. During the Vermont legislative session, Mark takes his program to the statehouse in Montpelier – providing Vermonters with direct access to the lawmakers and lobbyist in the halls of the people’s house. Mark is a regular panelist on Vermont PBS. Though he focuses primarily on state topics, Mark is equally comfortable interviewing guests as diverse as Noam Chomsky and Col. Oliver North.

Max King is the CEO and president of the Pittsburgh Foundation. King is the former president of The Heinz Endowments and director of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. He was the editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1990 to 1998.

Donald Kreis is associate director and assistant professor of law at Vermont Law School’s Institute for Energy and the Environment. He is a former general counsel of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission and serves on the boards of the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society and the Cooperative Fund of New England. Prior to becoming a lawyer Don spent nine years as a journalist with Associated Press and Maine Times.

Nicholas Monsarrat has been a reporter, editorial page editor and managing editor for Vermont daily newspapers since 1969, including The Times Argus, Rutland Herald and Burlington Free Press. He is a former president of the New England Society of Newspaper Editors and board member of the New England Press Association. From 1988-2008, he was an adjunct professor of journalism at St. Michael’s College in Colchester.

Bill Porter edited newspapers in Vermont for more than 30 years, including the Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, and has spent another two decades observing and writing about public affairs in his adopted state. He lives on a side-hill farm Adamant.

William Schubart founded and served as president of Philo Records and later Resolution, a media manufacturing facility and e-commerce services partner for major media companies including the BBC, New York Times, NPR, National Geographic, US News, The History Channel, Bloomberg, and others. He has both chaired and served on a number of boards including: the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Vermont Public Radio and Vermont Business Roundtable. He co-founded with other current board members the Vermont Journalism Trust, which has merged with VTDigger.org. He is a regular commentator on VPR and is also an author of six works of fiction.

Pat Sears is an accomplished organizational leader with 25 years of business management, marketing, public relations and community engagement experience with demonstrated skills in strategic planning, organizational growth and development, issues analysis, consensus building, writing, and public presentation. She is currently Director of Marketing for Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. She is the former CEO of SPIKE Advertising and has also served as a marketing principle for Green Mountain Logic, Northfield Savings Bank and Sears & Company
Burlington, Vermont.

Fran Stoddard is a journalist and communications consultant who has been involved in education and media production for over 30 years. She has been producer/host of a number of public and commercial television and radio programs. She is an associate professor and led the communications department at Champlain College for nearly a decade. She has served on many nonprofit boards, including Vermont Public Radio, Vermont Life, and also chaired Hunger Free Vermont, the Vermont Mozart Festival and the Vermont International Film Festival.

Stephen Terry is a former Managing Editor of the Rutland Herald and founding Editor of the Sunday Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus. He was a Vermont State House reporter before he assumed the newspaper editorial positions. Terry also had a 22-year career in business, retiring from Green Mountain Power 2006 as Senior Vice-President of Legal and Corporate Affairs. Terry is now a member of Worth Mountain Consulting, a Middlebury management consulting firm. Over the years, he served in leadership positions on various statewide and regional nonprofit boards. Terry was also Legislative Assistant to the late U. S. Senator George D. Aiken, R-Vt., and is co-editor of the Essential Aiken, speeches of the former Senator.

Rick Woods served as the former business manager of Seven Days newspaper. Rick taught geography, history, law and current affairs at Mt. Abraham and Vergennes Union High Schools and the Chittenden County Correctional Center. He also spent 14 years working at Seven Days Newspaper as Sales & Circulation Manager and General Manager. He is currently the treasurer for Vermont Immigration and Asylum Advocates, where he has served as a board member since 2003.

Elaine Young, Ph.D., is a professor of Marketing in the Division of Business. She uses her industry experience to bring the working world to both her classrooms and curriculum. She has experience in marketing, public relations, media relations, event management, internet strategy as well as an in-depth knowledge of interactive and social media techniques, strategies and tools. Her professional experience has been primarily in the non-profit and advocacy sector, in organizations including Statewide Youth Advocacy in New York, The World Resources Institute in Washington, DC, The Vermont State Chamber of Commerce, The American Cancer Society and Bluehouse Group, and has provided her with a deep appreciation for the importance of teaching students how to engage with the communities they are in, and how to apply successful business techniques to support causes and engage various publics. She has developed and taught courses in internet marketing, e-business management, internet strategy, online visibility, non-profit and social marketing, social networking, marketing and marketing management. She has co-developed and taught Social Interaction in a Digital Age, a communication course as well as courses on Technological Innovation. She also teaches in the MFA and the MBA programs at Champlain College.