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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    Farm to Plate tackles food equity issues

    Abel Luna translates for Enrique Balcazar, both of the organization Migrant Justice, as Cheryl O'Neil of the Abenaki Heritage Garden, at a panel discussion on food justice at the fourth annual Farm to Plate gathering Thursday. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    At its fourth annual gathering, Vermont’s Farm to Plate Network celebrates a growing industry, but also focuses on creating systems that are sustainable in terms of social equity as well as profit.

    FairPoint and striking unions spar over misconduct allegations

    FairPoint Communications has accused striking workers of jamming the company’s phone lines and harassing replacement workers. The unions representing about 2,000 employees say the allegations are “outrageous and unfounded.” The parties were at odds for months even before contract negotiations began in early 2014. Bargaining fell apart in August, when FairPoint declared an impasse and […]

    Milne pitches tax-free time for business

    Growler Garage co-owner Liam O'Farrell (right) and staffers for Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne staffers look on at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    In a news conference at South Burlington’s Growler Garage, Scott Milne unveiled an economic development plan that includes a five-year corporate income tax holiday for new businesses, and an exemption from capital gains taxes for capital investments made within three years. He offered no cost estimate for his plan.

    Clark to take the reins on AHS finances

    Sarah Clark, deputy commissioner of the Vermont Department of Finance and Management, will take over as chief financial officer at the Agency of Human Services in 2015. Clark, who’s been in her current post for one year, will replace retiring CFO Jim Giffin. Her term at Finance and Management, where Clark reports to commissioner Jim […]

    Vermont jobless rate ticks up for fourth straight month

    July Jobs SLIDER

    While the national rate declined to 5.9 percent, Vermont’s unemployment rate edged up to 4.4 percent in September. The state’s national ranking slipped to eighth nationwide, behind New Hampshire.

    Lars Torres to leave Office of Creative Economy

    Lars Torres will depart the state’s Office of the Creative Economy on Oct. 24. He’ll take over as executive director of Generator, a combination artist studio, classroom and business incubator in Burlington. Torres has led the Office of the Creative Economy since March 2013. Before taking the job, he opened Local 64, a coworking space […]

    Teachers OK contract agreement in South Burlington

    South Burlington teachers ratified a three-year contract with the school board Monday evening, according to a news release issued by the school board. Classes already had resumed Monday, following a four-day teachers’ strike, after union leaders and school board members reached a tentative contract agreement over the weekend. Members of the South Burlington Education Association […]

    South Burlington teachers to vote on contract

    School was back in session in South Burlington on Monday, following four days of canceled classes due to a teachers’ strike in the district. On Saturday evening, mediator Joseph McNeil announced that after 29 hours of negotiating, the school board and the South Burlington Education Association had reached a tentative agreement. No details were disclosed, […]

    GlobalFoundries to keep IBM plant in Essex going

    Gov. Peter Shumlin holds up a cell phone to emphasize the viability of the semi-conductor manufacturing business that takes place in Essex Junction. IBM announced Monday it would sell the division to California-based, Abu Dhabi-owned GlobalFoundries. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    IBM will pay GlobalFoundries $1.3 billion over three years to take its semiconductor manufacturing wing. The new owner says Vermont employees will keep their jobs.

    ‘New Economy’ movement finds fertile ground in Vermont

    Marjorie Kelly (center) moderated a panel discussion Wednesday among (left to right): Gwen Hallsmith of the Public Banking Institute; Paul Millman of Chroma Technology; Rich Carpenter of the Addison County Relocalization Network; and Kathy Ruhf of Land for Good. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    Instead of assuming the value of limitless, money-driven growth, the new economy paradigm promotes careful choices about when and how — or even whether businesses and the economy should get bigger. When ownership is local, the impact of those decisions is more likely to benefit communities, proponents argue.

    Keurig Green Mountain cleared in federal probe

    Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., announced Friday that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had closed a four-year investigation into the company’s bookkeeping. No charges were filed, and the Waterbury-based coffee and beverage company faces no enforcement actions. The firm had been under scrutiny for improper accounting and disclosures, after hedge fund manager David Einhorn publicly questioned […]

    Bargaining resumes, but South Burlington teachers strike continues

    South Burlington High School

    School board and SBEA fail to reach agreement after first bargaining session in more than a week. Meanwhile, school officials have decided to allow extracurricular activities to continue as scheduled.

    FairPoint workers picket on first day of strike

    Dennis Barr (left), Lisa LeFebvre-Barr and Matt Orr picket outside FairPoint Communication's central office in Montpelier on Friday, joined by LeFebvre-Barr's mutt Spike. The three are going without pay to protest the company's imposed compensation package. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger.org

    Pension and health care changes are the core of the dispute between the company and the unions representing about 1,700 workers in Northern New England. FairPoint says customers will experience no interruption in service, but workers say installations and repairs will suffer.

    FairPoint workers to commence strike Friday

    FairPoint Communications workers across Northern New England have called a strike, effective 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 17. Workers are instructed to walk off their shifts promptly after midnight, but not a minute before. Picketing also will begin Friday at pre-determined sites. The Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine chapters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical […]

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