Laura Krantz

Laura Krantz

Laura Krantz is VTDigger's criminal justice and corrections reporter. She moved to VTDigger in January 2014 from MetroWest Daily, a Gatehouse Media newspaper based in Framingham, Mass. She won the 2013 Morley Piper First Amendment Award from the New England Newspaper and Press Association for her investigation of the Ashland Police Department. She is skilled in the use of public records to find the real story. She is a 2010 graduate of Boston University, where she studied comparative religion.

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Twitter: @laurakrantz


    Burlington College to sell 25 acres to real estate developer

    A proposed housing development on land owned by Burlington College would be built near the treeline overlooking Lake Champlain. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    Plans include 60 units of affordable housing, 75 units of senior housing and 300 units of market-rate housing. College to receive the equivalent of $7 million.

    Lt. Gov. Scott calls for central board to regulate school costs

    Lt. Gov. Phil Scott at the governor's budget address on Jan. 15, 2014. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    Scott says an education board similar to the Green Mountain Care Board could help keep school costs under control. His opponent, Dean Corren, says that would only create more government bureaucracy.

    Vermont debate provides fodder for political humorists

    Vermont’s colorful cast of gubernatorial candidates garnered attention from national media outlets and the late night talk shows this week. The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart poked fun at Republican Scott Milne, who forgot momentarily that he was not born in Vermont. Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon suggested debate moderator Stewart Ledbetter would make a better […]

    Kranichfeld to return to Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office

    Bram Kranichfeld will depart as executive director of the State’s Attorneys and Sheriff’s Association at the end of the year. Kranichfeld in January will return to the Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office as chief administrative deputy, he said this week in an email to staff. Kranichfeld was a deputy prosecutor in Chittenden County for six […]

    Shumlin launches new campaign spot

    Gov. Peter Shumlin on Thursday released his fourth television ad, this time highlighting the state’s response to opiate addiction. The 30-second spot features Raina Lowell, a former opiate addict who was featured in the documentary “The Hungry Heart,” about opiate addiction in Vermont. She calls Shumlin “caring and courageous” for approaching addiction as a health […]

    Milne reports $139,000 income, $2.6 million net worth

    Scott Milne

    Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne releases his financial information for 2012 and 2013, calls for mandatory disclosure.

    Milne says plan would cut school spending, provide free college tuition

    Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne laid out his education funding plan Wednesday at news conference at Spaulding High School in Barre. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    In his first major policy address, Republican Scott Milne unveiled a proposal to fund education that includes school district consolidation and would provide free college tuition for every Vermont student.

    Differences emerge in lieutenant governor debate

    Candidates for lieutenant governor (from left) Progressive/Democrat Dean Corren, Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and Marina Brown of the Liberty Union appear at a debate Tuesday at the Burlington Free Press. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and Progressive/Democrat Dean Corren disagree on health care, education funding, energy in Free Press debate.

    Nonprofit director accused of mismanagement fires back

    Emerge Family Advocates

    Raymona Russell of Emerge Family Advocates says she was unfairly targeted by two board members and Vermont’s Attorney General. She explained her actions in a lengthy email to VTDigger.

    Vermont gets low marks on gender equity in elective office

    Former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin announced Vermont’s partnership with Emerge America, an organization advocating for more women in politics, during a news conference at City Hall in Burlington on Monday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Women are well represented in the state House of Representatives, but not at higher levels. Vermont has had only one female Governor, Madeleine Kunin, and has never sent a woman to Congress.

    Leahy announces federal grants to support crime victims

    Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-VT, Thursday announced that five Vermont organizations have been awarded more than $5 million total in federal grants to support victims of crime. The money from the U.S. Department of Justice includes seven grants from the Office of Violence Against Women totaling $3.6 million plus another $1.6 million in grants from the […]

    Milne, Peyton face off in police chiefs’ debate

    Bennington Police Chief Paul Doucette asks questions of gubernatorial candidates Emily Peyton and Scott Milne on Thursday in Essex Junction. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    Two gubernatorial candidates answered questions on pot, opiates, guns and more at a sparsely attended forum. Other candidates were invited, but did not appear.

    Red flags existed for years at nonprofit charged with mismanagement

    Emerge Family Advocates

    Emerge Family Advocates, a nonprofit cited by the Attorney General’s office, had been mismanaged for years, according to two board members. State agencies had performed little or no oversight on Emerge, which received over $50,000 from Vermont last year.

    AG accuses Upper Valley nonprofit of failing to oversee finances

    Emerge Family Advocates

    Court filing alleges the director of Emerge Family Advocates in White River Junction wrote checks to herself and its board failed to inspect finances.

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