Vermont This Week
About our longest running show
Vermont This Week through the years
Since 1982, the look of VTW has changed, but our commitment to viewers has not.
A look back at the changes of Vermont This Week over the years. Since 1982 Vermont This Week keeps viewers informed on how politics are shaping our state, covering all sides of the issues. We discuss not only what happened, but also the reasons why.
Meet some of our regular hosts and guestsWe are fortunate to have many contributors. The profiles below only include those that provided a photo and bio so far.
Stewart Ledbetter is a veteran of regional media. He is a Senior Reporter with NBC5, where he has worked in several roles since 1984. He's covered the major political developments of the last two decades, from the civil union struggle to the New Hampshire primaries and the stunning Jim Jeffords U.S. Senate defection. He traveled the country during the 2003-04 election cycle reporting on Vermont Gov. Howard Dean's campaign for President and from the Democratic National Convention. You can follow him on Twitter at @StewartMyNBC5.
Paul Heintz is the Political Editor of Seven Days, where he has worked as a reporter, columnist and editor since 2012. Paul previously worked for the PBS NewsHour, the Brattleboro Reformer and Congressman Peter Welch. Find him on Twitter at @paulheintz.
Jon Margolis is a Political Columnist for VTDigger. A native of New Jersey, he graduated from Oberlin College in 1962, and spent 23 years as chief national political correspondent in Washington, DC for The Chicago Tribune. He’s the author of The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964.
Neal Goswami is a reporter for WCAX. Prior to his current role, he was Chief of the Vermont Press Bureau and Senior Staff Writer for the Bennington Banner. He traveled the country following Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential run in 2016 and covered former President Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009. Neal is on Twitter at @nealgoswami.
Elizabeth Hewitt is the Washington, DC reporter for VTDigger. She grew up in central Vermont and holds a graduate degree in magazine journalism from New York University.
John Walters is a Political Columnist for Seven Days, and author of its "Fair Game" column. A native of Michigan, for most of his career he worked in radio and now lives in East Montpelier. Follow him on Twitter at @jwalters7D.
Jess Aloe is a reporter on the Burlington Free Press who covers Burlington, including City Hall, immigration, social services, the changing demographics. She has a master's degree from Emerson College in Boston. She previously wrote for WGBH's New England Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based out of WGBH's newsroom and Commonwealth Magazine.
Katie Jickling is a Staff Writer for Seven Days, covering Burlington politics and institutions. A Brookfield, VT native, and a 2015 graduate of Hamilton College, she has freelanced for many Vermont news outlets including VT Digger, Valley News and Herald of Randolph. Find her on Twitter at @katie7d.
Liam Elder-Connors is a Staff Reporter at Vermont Public Radio, covering Burlington and Chittenden County. He grew up in Colchester and studied journalism and music at St. Michael's College. Find him on Twitter at @lseconnors.
Designing the new set
An overview of the new VTW set design and an interview with the designer.
In 2018, Vermont This Week underwent a new look and a brand new set, made right here in Vermont! Check out the short video showing how the new set was created.
Vermont This Week photo gallery (1982 - Present)
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Jack Barry moderates a discussion during the first season of Vermont This Week, in 1982. The series was modeled after Washington Week, and a chance for reporters to reach viewers.
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Jack Barry, the original host and producer of Vermont this Week, in a 1982 publicity photo. Barry was host of the program from October 1982 - March 1992.
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The first episode of launched on Friday, Oct. 15, 1982. The original panel included Hamilton Davis, Rutland Herald; Tom Slayton, Vermont Press Bureau; and Scott MacKay, Burlington
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Host, Jack Barry, discusses an upcoming episode with director, Dan Harvey, in 1988. The show was done live from 1987 - 1992.
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When Jack Barry retired, longtime panelist Chris Graff became the show's new moderator in March of 1992.
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Chris Graff moderates a discussion in March of 1995. The panelists included Bryan Pfeiffer, Betsy Liley, and Peter Freyne.
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In July of 2002, a new set was unveiled, along with new graphics and new music, composed by Peter Wilder. The set was designed by Clint Heitman.
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A close-up of the Vermont This Week set, launched in 2002.
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A close-up of the Vermont This Week logo, launched in 2002.
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Panelists on the set of Vermont This Week, in August of 2013.
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On January 5, 2007 current host Stewart Ledbetter, 2004 recipient of the Vermont AP's Distinguished Service Award, became the show's new moderator.
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Another new set was unveiled on January 26, 2018, along with new graphics and music. The centerpiece is a beautiful oval desk, handcrafted from Vermont white ash and sugar maple.