VTDigger announces new staff positions; Vermont Journalism Trust welcomes new board members

VTDigger has hired three new staffers.

Rick Woods

Rick Woods

We are pleased to announce that Rick Woods will join the VTDigger team as co-publisher and will organize events and marketing, and support our business sponsorship program. Woods formerly served as a member of the Vermont Journalism Trust board of directors and for many years he was the general manager for Seven Days newspaper in Burlington.

Anne Galloway, founder of VTDigger, will continue to serve as editor and will take on a new role as co-publisher for the organization. She will lead the nonprofit’s contributing subscriber, sustaining subscriber and grant-writing programs.

Tom Brown

Tom Brown

Tom Brown is VTDigger’s new assignment editor, copy editor and social media leader. Brown was a longtime member of the editorial staff at the Burlington Free Press.

Nat Rudarakanchana, who covered politics and business for VTDigger, is moving to New York City to take a position with International Business Times. We wish him the best of luck.

Hilary Niles

Hilary Niles

Hilary Niles comes to us from the University of Missouri, where she just completed a graduate degree in investigative reporting. She is a database expert and recently worked for Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc. Niles will divide her time between business reporting and VTDigger’s campaign finance database project.

Alicia Freese, our education and human services reporter, will pick up the politics beat.

The data reporting and co-publisher positions are made possible through a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

We are grateful to the foundations, businesses and many individuals who support VTDigger. For more information about our contributors, click here.

For more information about our staff, click here.

The Vermont Journalism Trust, the 501(c)3 organization that oversees VTDigger, welcomes four recent additions to the board of directors: Maxwell King, former editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, former president of The Heinz Endowments and a past chair of The Council on Foundations; Carin Pratt, retired executive producer of Face the Nation; Pat Sears, director of marketing for Vermont Energy Investment Corp., and the former CEO of SPIKE Advertising; and Ina Smith, retired film and video editor for NBC Network News, NOVA and Frontline.

Many thanks to Don Kreis and Doug Clifton who were instrumental in the founding of the Vermont Journalism Trust and VTDigger. They both recently retired from the board of directors.

For more information about the Vermont Journalism Trust, click here.

Anne Galloway

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  • Kathy Callaghan

    Congratulations, Anne! Good news all around!

  • Dan Barlow

    I am so pleased to see VtDigger’s continued growth. You already have a great team of reporters and these additions will only enhance your coverage. Kudos!

  • Eric Davis

    Best wishes to Nat as he moves on to the next stage of his career. His stories on Vermont politics were consistently thorough, accurate, and well-written.

    I’m also pleased to see that you are devoting more journalistic resources – in the person of Hilary Niles – to deciphering and organizing the less-than-transparent campaign finance filings at the Secretary of State’s office.
    Vermont lags behind many other states in making campaign finance information available to the press and public, and whatever VtDigger.org can do to shine more light on this information will be much appreciated.

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