Alan Panebaker. Photo: @alanpanebaker Twitter profile
I was deeply saddened to hear about Alan Panebaker’s tragic death in a kayak accident in New Hampshire on Wednesday. Alan was VT Digger’s first full-time reporter. He graduated from Vermont Law School in 2011 and reported on the Vermont Statehouse. He was 29 years old.
I met Alan this past spring when I was on a freelance assignment in southern Vermont. He was friendly and collegial, I knew his work. I remember thinking that Alan was type of journalist I hoped to be. In July Alan left VT Digger to work for American Whitewater, a non-profit that works to “conserve and restore America’s whitewater resources.”