by Peter Freyne
Very interesting front-page piece in Sunday's Rutland Herald/Times Argus by Louis Porter: "Growing list seen for Ag agency post."
And what makes it interesting is the presence of Ch. 3 newsman Anson Tebbetts on the list - a list of possible choices to replace Steve Kerr as Vermont's Secretary of Agriculture.
Anson Tebbetts has been a reporter for WCAX-TV inside and outside the Statehouse, and he grew up on a Cabot farm where he still lives. His name has been floated as a replacement for Kerr; he's heard the rumors but not actively pursued the post, Tebbetts said.
Still, he can't say he wouldn't take the job, either.
"Agriculture has always been a big part of my life," he said. "It is certainly flattering to be on that list."
Tebbetts said he loves his current job reporting on policy instead of making it, but added that the job would be something he would "seriously look at" if it was offered.
Of course, based on the softball questions Ol' Anson, the Cabot dairy farmer and Statehouse reporter for Ch. 3 has tossed at Gov. Douglas over the last few years, some would suggest he's already been working for the Douglas administration, eh?
Other potential candidates mentioned included: State Rep. Harvey Smith, Clark Hinsdale III, John Roberts of Cornwall, Jackie Folsom, president of the Vermont Farm Bureau and David Lane the current acting secretary.
P.S. Also on the media front, Veteran WPTZ reporter Stewart Ledbetter has been picked to replace Chris Graff as the host of "Vermont This Week" on Vermont Public Television. That's the weekly reporters' roundtable inaugurated by the late, great Jack Barry in the early 1980s. Chris Graff took over in the 1990s and is now moving on to a position at National Life.
Mr. Graff will be Bob Kinzel's guest on "Switchboard" on Vermont Public Radio Tuesday night at 7. He also be Mark Johnson's guest on WDEV Tuesday morning at 9:05.
Hey, we're not getting any younger, are we?