Hilary Niles

Hilary Niles

Hilary Niles joined VTDigger in June 2013 as data specialist and business reporter. She returns to New England from the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, where she completed her master's coursework. 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.

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Twitter: @nilesmedia

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    Female employees sue state over alleged pay inequity

    Judge Helen Toor considers arguments in an equal pay lawsuit filed against the state. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    Three Department of Corrections business managers say man was paid more for the same work. But it was his starting pay at another position that’s at issue.

    Jay Peak defends dissolution of partnership with EB-5 investors

    Bill Stenger (right) presides over the ribbon-cutting ceremony to open Jay Peak's Stateside Hotel and Baselodge in December 2013. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    Jay Peak president Bill Stenger says he was “clumsy” with notification to investors, while his partner, Ariel Quiros, said the transaction was “200 percent” ethical.

    VTDigger exclusive: Jay Peak loses trust of first EB-5 investors

    Bill Stenger stands before the future Stateside Hotel at Jay Peak in September 2013. File photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    Bill Stenger and his partner, Ariel Quiros, did not consult with the 35 limited partners in the Tram Haus project before they dissolved the company last August and converted investors’ stake in the property into unsecured loans.

    Analysis: What’s behind the state’s revenue downgrade

    Tom Kavet, right, says while Vermont's credit rating is still triple-A rated or double A+, the national downgrade makes the overall economy more fragile. VTD/Josh Larkin

    State economists outlined several factors behind Vermont’s slower than expected economic recovery. Some reflect trends beyond the state’s control, others highlight regional differences in Vermont’s economy, and a few remain a mystery.

    Burlington makes case for selling Burlington Telecom

    Mayor Miro Weinberger testifies before the Public Service Board. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger.org

    The ultimate asking price and ownership structure will determine what, if anything, city taxpayers may recoup from their unwitting investment in the public utility. A hypothetical market value of $11 million wouldn’t leave much after other stakeholders claim their share, but city officials say it’s the best possible deal.

    AnC Bio begins environmental review process

    District 7 Environmental Commission members question designers of the proposed AnC Bio facility at a public hearing in Newport. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    The proposed biomedical research park in Newport faces community concerns about safety and traffic.

    Vermont unemployment ticks up for the first time in 10 months


    State is in a three-way tie with Nebraska and Utah for the nation’s second-lowest unemployment rate. Summer increases in Vermont’s seasonal economy are a familiar trend, Labor Department says.

    IBM earnings shed little light on Vermont plant

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    Systems and Technology Group, which includes Essex Junction plant, continues to lose money, but not as much, company says.

    ‘Imminent’ IBM group sale to GlobalFoundries falls through, according to rumor mill

    The rumored deal between IBM and chip-making rival GlobalFoundries could be off, industry observers say. Alliance@IBM, the unofficial union for the tech giant, issued an unconfirmed report Tuesday afternoon that a company executive made the announcement to managers at IBM’s East Fishkill, New York, facility. Lee Conrad said the group received the update by email, […]

    FairPoint strike vote delayed

    A union strike authorization vote by FairPoint Communications workers has been delayed due to storms in northern New England. Results of the vote are now expected July 18. Mike Spillane, business manager for IBEW Local 2326 in Colchester, said Friday that storm damage, mainly in New Hampshire, was keeping crews busy this week. “We just […]

    PSB questions city officials on Burlington Telecom sale

    The offices of Burlington Telecom. Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger

    Burlington city officials are asking for permission to sell the utility, but Public Service Board members and locals have many questions about the deal.

    AG settles with alleged predatory lender Cash Cure

    Cash Cure LLC will pay $93,000 to settle claims it violated Vermont’s consumer protection and lending laws, Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell announced this week. The Delaware-based company made short-term loans whose interest and fees often exceeded the value of the loans, according to a news release. Annual interest typically eclipsed 300 percent. Under the […]

    VSAC raises $29.9 million to lend to students

    The Vermont Student Assistance Corp. has sold $29.9 million in bonds to raise money to loan to Vermont students. The loans can be used in the 2014-2015 school year by Vermont students attending colleges in the U.S. or abroad, or by out-of-state students attending Vermont institutions. Undergraduate and graduate students can qualify for the Vermont […]

    IBM’s $3 billion investment to have little impact on Vermont plant

    IBM manufactures microchips at its plant in Essex Juntion. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana/VTDigger

    Big Blue to explore the creation of next generation chips that will be much smaller than the Essex Junction fabrication plant is tooled to produce.

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