Barton native Darren Perron named Vermont Broadcaster of the Year

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BARTON — WCAX-TV News anchor and reporter Darren Perron will receive the Broadcaster of the Year award from the Vermont Association of Broadcasters.

Though anchoring takes much of his time and energy, Perron remains one of the top investigative journalists in the state.

His ground-breaking investigation into military burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan this past year shined a light on the lasting health impacts to Vermont guard members and American soldiers from breathing in smoke from those fires.

Perron’s stories helped spawn a congressional investigation and garnered a national Edward R. Murrow Award for Best News Series.

This past year, Perron also led the WCAX news team to a first-ever New England Emmy for outstanding newscast.

“I am truly honored by this,” Perron wrote on Facebook. “Thank you to the Vermont Association of Broadcasters. I am fortunate to live in a state where journalism matters and to be surrounded by many talented journalists in both broadcast and print, who work hard to get at the truth and tell important stories that impact our communities.”

Perron, a native of Barton, attended Lake Region Union High School.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Communications from Castleton University and was inducted into the Vermont State Colleges Hall of Fame in 2017.

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