Greg Guma

Greg Guma

Greg Guma is a longtime Vermont journalist. Starting as a Bennington Banner reporter in 1968, he was the editor of the Vanguard Press from 1978 to 1982, and published a syndicated column in the 1980s and 90s. From the mid-90s to 2004 he edited Toward Freedom, then a print magazine covering global affairs, and organized one the first Independent Media conferences, held in Burlington in 2000. In 2004, he co-founded Vermont Guardian with Shay Totten. Two years later he became CEO of Pacifica Radio. He writes about media and society on his blog, Maverick Media (

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    Assessing Occupy: From quixotic success and horizontal style to 2.0

    In fall 2011 hundreds of protesters gathered for a General Assembly in City Hall Park. File photo by Greg Guma

    For the political eruption of 2011 to become a “full spectrum movement,” says activist author Todd Gitlin, it must expand beyond “those who want direct democracy.”

    Sanders and Welch outline priorities for surviving the “fiscal cliff”


    If no deal can be reached, deep spending cuts identified during a 2011 debate over raising the debt ceiling will begin to go into effect in January.

    UVM president stresses partnership and economic impacts with business leaders

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    Sullivan noted that the state’s $40 million allocation represents less than 6 percent of UVM’s budget, making Vermont “last in the country in support for the public university per capita.”

    Hurricane Sandy is the latest October surprise

    President Obama visits the American Red Cross Digital Command Center in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday after Hurricane Sandy. Creative Commons Photo/Dell's Official Flickr Pages Photostream

    The term was first used in 1980, as rumors spread about a military invasion of Iran to rescue hostages, and allegations surfaced that Reagan’s team slowed down their release.

    Officials offer tips and warning for handling hurricane impacts

    Clear your lawn signs. Sandy is coming. The point is that political signs, like Halloween décor, random toys, lawn chairs, trampolines and other implements of enjoyment that can become airborne threats when Hurricane Sandy arrives. Gov. Peter Shumlin put it this way: Prepare for every contingency. “Clear storm drains, gutters, and culverts so water can […]

    Film as a force for change: Vermont festival focuses on empowerment

    Film and video pioneer George Stoney, right, shares a drink with an Aran islander in his film on Robert Flaherty's classic documentary.

    The public access legacy of George Stoney, Saul Landau deconstructs policy hypocrisy in “Will the Real Terrorists Please Stand Up,” and coming attractions for the festival’s last three days.

    Film festival documentaries take on the big issues

    Mira Niagolova's documentary explores the immigrant experience.

    An Iranian director struggles with repression in “This Is Not a Film,” while Vermont documentaries examine the immigrant experience and the impacts of hunger.

    Vermont International Film Festival opens with awards and romantic comedy


    Launched in 1985, VIFF has evolved from an early focus on war and peace, becoming the longest running human rights film festival in the world.

    F-35 debate reveals divergent priorities and contested facts

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    Two business leaders said jobs will be lost if F-35s are not based in Vermont, while Col. Rosanne Greco used Air Force data to stress noise impacts and debunk the economic dangers.

    Change in BT oversight takes advisory committee members by surprise

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    Bradley Holt, Burlington Telecom Advisory Committee chair, called the timing “unfortunate” and warned that without his group transparency into operations “will become almost non-existent.”

    Climate, campaigns and corruption: Progressive thinkers propose fresh tactics with “Do the Math Tour”

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    Bill McKibben’s climate change tour calls for a divestment campaign, while Lawrence Lessig suggests using an Article V. strategy to push for campaign finance reform.

    Burlington City Council to review new Parkway plan, BT committee and accessibility

    The Burlington City Council will consider a proposal to consolidate oversight of the troubled finances and operations of Burlington Telecomm tonight. The mayor and a number of city councilors want to replace the previous advisory committee and Blue Ribbon Committee with a Burlington Telecom Advisory Board that is supposed to advise BT management, the mayor, […]

    Burlington School Board assesses disparities and progress on equity

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    A new district policy on diversity, equity and inclusion recognizes the need to “actively reject bias” and asserts that Burlington’s diverse student body requires a “multicultural mindset.”

    Emergency food programs in Vermont struggle with reduced federal support

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    More working families are in need at a time when county food donations have dropped 500,000 pounds, said Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf director Rob Meehan.

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