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In This State:
A Weekly Essay on the Vermont Experience

Vermont's characters and innovators, its unique ideas and quirky places, will be featured in a new column by three journalists who together have nearly a century of experience covering the state.

Each week In This State will be a reliable, compelling read syndicated to a select group of Vermont newspapers and new media. Editors can expect approximately 1000 words delivered digitally with two vibrant images. Produced in turn by a trio of veteran writers, In This State will sometimes be offbeat, sometimes poignant, but always a relevant and insightful look at personalities and events from Alburg to Vernon.

In This State's writers are Andrew Nemethy, Bryan Pfeiffer and Dirk Van Susteren. The three formerly worked as reporters and editors for the The Times Argus and Rutland Herald, where In This State was a well-read feature of the Sunday edition. Now freelance writers and editors, the team has had articles and essays appear in publications ranging from The New York Times and Boston Globe to Vermont Life and Yankee Magazine.

In This State is sponsored by VTDigger, Vermont's new statewide on-line newspaper. The column is being offered for a nominal fee to a limited number of daily and weekly Vermont newspapers and their on-line editions. Discover In This State with a sampling of each column in the Archives.

The Writers

Andrew Nemethy is an award-winning journalist and essayist whose extensive travel writing has taken him to every town, gap, gore and city in the state. His diverse interests range from food, government, sports and the environment to the arts, digital life and especially Vermont's fascinating people and what they do in the Green Mountains. He was born in Austria, but his hometown is Calais, which he judges only a high peak or two and a pastry away from perfection.

Dirk Van Susteren, also from Calais, has been covering the Vermont scene since 1974, when he became the city editor at the Burlington Free Press. He has been a wire service reporter and an editor at the Providence (R.I.) Journal and the Rutland Herald and The Times Argus, where as the Sunday editor he initiated the In This State column in the 1990s. As a freelancer, his reporting has taken him to the halls of Statehouse and to Vermont barnyards, culinary establishments, baseball diamonds, ski trails and art galleries.

Bryan Pfeiffer is an author, essayist, editor and wildlife photographer with three decades in publishing, broadcasting and digital media. His work has appeared in publications ranging from The New York Times to Field & Stream. Bryan covered government and politics for the Rutland Herald and The Times Argus newspapers. Now a self-employed biologist and blogger, he brings to In This State particular expertise and insights on Vermont's wildlife and wild places. Bryan lives in Montpelier but writes from many locations outdoors.


In This State will be delivered by email every Friday before 5 p.m. as a Microsoft Word document (unless editors specify otherwise) with JPEG images attached. As the anchor publication, VTDigger.com is entitled to first publication rights. All other subscribers are free to publish the column starting Tuesday of the following week.

Each edition of In This State will carry a byline. Editors may make routine edits to the column as necessary. Substantial editing shall require collaboration between the writer and editor. Each column can carry the following tagline: In This State is a syndicated weekly column about Vermont's innovators, ideas and places. Details are at www.maplecornermedia.com/inthisstate.

Discover In This State with a sampling of each column in the Archives.

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