friends, family, and strangers reach out to help. Click here for full story
Award: In May 2023, this article won a First Place Award in the New England Newspaper and Press Association's (NENPA) Human Interest Feature Story category. The judges said, "This is a beautifully told story that brings the reader headlong into the drama." Click here for info.
This article won a first place in NENPA's 2021 Human Interest category. The judges said, "Robert Kiener’s take on Vermont sheep farmer Bambi Freeman showcases the best writing in the human interest feature category, head and shoulders above other entries. Young reporters could learn much here. It’s clear that Kiener is not only a superb writer, but a keen observer as well – with details that jump off the page and bring this feisty octogenarian to life. He is particularly skilled in employing quotes – with restraint, yet always positioned for maximum effect..."
My article on this most remarkable woman has run internationally and can be read here.
(Carmen has recently had some serious medical issues. For more information and if you wish to donate to help her defray new medical/living expenses, click here.)
Big news: Carmen's latest development in August 2020: click here
To write this profile of former Major League pitcher Bill Lee, I interviewed him at his Craftsbury, Vermont home and watched him pitch in several Vermont Senior League games (He won both.)
Click here for the article and here for an article about the awards it received and here for a piece on his recent "brush with death."