Tom Brown

Tom Brown

Tom Brown is VTDigger’s assignment editor. He is a native Vermonter with two decades of daily journalism experience. Most recently he managed the editorial website for the Burlington Free Press, Vermont’s largest daily newspaper. He has been a reporter, editor, manager and all-around technology resource at newspapers in Vermont, Utah and Pennsylvania. He has a BA in Journalism from Johnson State College and also attended California State University-Fullerton. He lives in Montpelier and loves to spend time with his teenage son.

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    Chocolatier to close Burlington’s South End Kitchen in December

    BURLINGTON — The South End Kitchen will close its doors in December after two years in operation, its owners, Lake Champlain Chocolates, announced Tuesday. “This was a very difficult decision,” said Jim Lampman, owner of Lake Champlain Chocolates, in a statement. “Unfortunately, operating this complex, dynamic and risky venture took focus off of our core […]

    Burlington man arrested in connection with burglary at Speeder and Earl’s south end cafe

    BURLINGTON — Police arrested city resident Zachary Senna in connection with a Sept. 26 burglary at Speeder and Earl’s Pine Street cafe. Officers stopped Senna’s car after a Williston police officer observed it in the area of “a series of commercial burglaries in their community,” according to a Burlington Police Department news release. The car […]

    Photo slideshow: Sen. Patrick Leahy records Pope Francis’ visit

    Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, an avid photographer, shared these photos of the papal visit to the White House.

    Vermont State Police identify trooper who died Thursday

    The Vermont State Police have identified an officer who died during a training exercise Thursday as Trooper Kyle Young of Monkton. Young collapsed due to a medical event while training at the Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, police said. He was transported to the University of Vermont Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. […]

    UDATED: Bruce Lisman to run for governor as a Republican

    The former Bear Stearns executive and founder of Campaign for Vermont is expected to announce his plans Tuesday, state leaders say.

    State judiciary workers file unfair labor practices complaint

    Bargaining unit wants to negotiate new contracts earlier in the cycle, but the court administrator’s office has refused.

    Congress passes another short-term highway funding bill

    The U.S. Senate on Thursday agreed to keep the money flowing to highway projects around the country for another three months. Senators voted 91-4 to extend the federal transportation funding bill until Oct. 29. It is the 34th time Congress has voted for short-term extensions since 2009, according to published reports. The House approved the […]

    Bernie 2016 campaign raises $15 million in 60 days

    Sen. Bernie Sanders has raised $15 million in the past two months, most of it in small donations of $250 or less. The Bernie 2016 presidential campaign said Thursday that since April 30 it has received 400,000 contributions from 250,000 people. The campaign said the average donation was $33.51 (400,000 times $33.51 equals $13.4 million; […]

    ‘Just label your products’ Shumlin tells food industry

    Trade groups challenging Vermont’s GMO labeling law say fines could add up to $10 million a day and ask Gov. Peter Shumlin to reduce their liability. Meanwhile, Congress pursues federal standards.

    Bernie’s Bid: VTDigger launches campaign microsite

    Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is running for president as a Democrat. VTDigger will keep readers up to date on his progress through social media, links to national coverage, campaign news, appearance schedules and more.

    Handheld cellphone ban clarified to include stop signs

    Drivers will not be able to use a handheld electronic device while stopped in traffic as the result of legislation passed in the waning hours of the 2015 session. Senate lawmakers inserted language aimed at clearing up a gray area left in a law passed last year that banned the use of handheld devices, such […]

    Bernie’s Bid: Campaign kickoff and the view from afar

    Details of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign kickoff Tuesday in Burlington, plus the best of the Net on Vermont’s favorite son.

    McAllister won’t quit, Senate removes him from committees

    Franklin County senator who is facing sex charges tells Lt. Gov. Phil Scott he won’t resign. Senate removes him from committee assignments.

    Bernie’s Bid: What others say about our presidential prospect

    As Sen. Bernie Sanders pursues his Democratic presidential primary challenge against Hillary Clinton, VTDigger will scour the Web for coverage of his campaign.