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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    Interactive map helps voters find polling places

    Vermont voters can find their polling location on a new interactive map released last week by Campaign for Vermont. The public policy research group published the tool online in advance of Vermont’s general election on Tuesday, Nov. 4. The data for all polling locations throughout the state includes each location’s address and the time it […]

    Welch urges FairPoint back to bargaining table

    Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., has written a letter to the CEO of FairPoint Communications, urging him to “promptly” reach a settlement with striking workers. “I strongly urge you to return to the bargaining table in good faith and find common ground with the working men and women of your company,” Welch wrote in a short […]

    Experts, advocates say early childhood development is crucial

    Children sang and played at the launch event for Let's Grow Kids, a statewide public education campaign about the importance of early childhood experiences. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    Neuromedical research on brain development shows that early childhood is crucial. A new film exploring the subject was screened Tuesday in Montpelier, and experts made the case that quality care in a child’s first years can have a lifetime of positive impact.

    Vermont 46th in Tax Foundation business tax climate index

    Although Vermont rates very low overall, some of the state’s tax structures are better than others, according to the foundation.

    Sanders urges FairPoint to return to the bargaining table

    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

    Over 2,000 employees in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine went on strike Oct. 17 after contract negotiations with the communications employer broke down.

    UVM maintenance workers ratify contract

    BURLINGTON — Service and maintenance workers at the University of Vermont have ratified a contract with the school, UVM announced Friday. The contract gives workers an overall pay increase of 8 percent over three years, including a 2.25 percent raise retroactive to July 1. Non-represented staff and faculty also will receive a retroactive upward adjustment of […]

    First step toward cross-border rail service

    A railroad crossing sign on Taylor Street in Montpelier. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    The U.S. and Canada agreed to establish a U.S. Customs and Border Protection location in Montreal’s Central Station, but a Vermont-Quebec passenger rail crossing is still years away.

    Interim Burlington school administrators jointly resign

    Burlington School District clerk Liz Curry and chair Patrick Halladay called an emergency news conference Friday afternoon to respond to the joint resignation of the entire interim administrative leadership team. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    The three-person interim leadership team of Burlington School District have announced their resignations. They said continued disrespect by school board members makes it impossible to accomplish their goals. The three had taken the reins of the district after the resignation of the former superintendent earlier this year.

    VSEA makes offer to buy Montpelier Elks Club

    The Montpelier Elks Club.

    The Vermont State Employees Association is looking to buy the 133-acre Montpelier Elks Country Club. Members of the Elks Lodge #924 are expected to vote on the offer next week.

    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.

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