Jasper Craven

Jasper Craven

Jasper Craven is VTDigger’s political reporter. A Vermont native, he first discovered his love for journalism at the Caledonian Record. He double-majored in print journalism and political science at Boston University, and worked in the Boston Globe’s Metro and Investigative units. While at the Globe he collaborated on Shadow Campus, a three-part investigative series focused on greed and mismanagement in Boston’s off-campus student housing market. The series was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. He also spent two years at MuckRock, a news sited dedicated to investigation and analysis of government documents. Craven covered Vermont’s U.S. Congressional delegation for the Times Argus in the summer of 2014, and worked as a Metro reporter for the Chicago Tribune before joining the staff of VTDigger.

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    Tens of thousands mob Capitol for climate march in DC

    Hundreds of Vermonters traveled by bus, train and rail to the nation’s capitol for the Saturday march. A UVM bus to the march sold out in under 10 minutes.

    Leahy pushes to expand generic prescription drugs

    The senator’s bill would prevent large pharmaceutical companies from certain practices that hamper the development of generic, lower-cost drugs.

    Leahy joins call for special prosecutor in Russia-Trump probe

    The senator invoked Watergate in noting that the deputy attorney general nominee “will be in charge of an active criminal investigation into a sitting president’s campaign and administration.”

    Sanders brings Democrats along on $15 minimum wage push

    He has 23 co-sponsors this time, compared with five when he offered a similar bill in 2015. The legislation would gradually bump the wage to $15.

    Unity elusive on Sanders’ tour with new DNC chair

    Boos erupted periodically throughout the nationwide tour at the mention of the Democratic Party or Chairman Tom Perez.

    Sanders boosts Senate re-election war chest to nearly $4M

    He hasn’t said whether he is running again in 2018, and the Vermont Republican Party said fielding a challenger to the popular junior senator isn’t an immediate priority.

    Fate of Vermont agriculture in Washington weighs heavy

    Farmers and members of the congressional delegation look to limit the damage when it comes to immigrant labor, federal grant funding, dairy price protections and more.

    Advocates predict rural arts decline if federal funding lost

    Programs that are at risk help states like Vermont cultivate an arts scene that would otherwise be limited to major cities, said one arts promoter who joined Rep. Peter Welch to discuss the issue.

    Vermont ACLU sues border agency over secrecy on travel ban

    The state chapter joined others in New England to demand documents that might shed light on the treatment of travelers under President Trump’s executive orders.

    Morning Consult: Vermont senators have highest approval rating in the nation

    The online pollster gave Republican Gov. Phil Scott Scott a 68 percent rating among Vermonters.

    Welch, others band together on pitch to preserve energy aid

    A bipartisan coalition in Congress, including Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., is hoping to persuade budget writers not to cut funding to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP. The group of 164 lawmakers includes Reps. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., and Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., who is co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The […]

    Vermont delegation urges caution after Syrian air strikes

    Vermont’s three D.C. representatives stopped short of applauding Trump’s military actions, but projected a sense of understanding for their justification. There was, however, an urging of restraint and caution by the president from the delegation.

    Senate battle ends, Gorsuch confirmed to Supreme Court

    Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., both joined the filibuster of Gorsuch.

    Senate Republicans eliminate filibuster to secure Gorsuch nomination

    The move — described in doomsday terms as “the nuclear option” — ended the formal Senate debate over Gorsuch, snuffing out the Democrats’ ability to delay the nomination vote by filibuster. A full floor vote on Gorsuch nomination is scheduled for Friday.