Jill Kaufman

Senior Reporter/Producer

Jill has been reporting, producing features and commentaries, and hosting shows at NEPR since 2005. Before that she spent almost 10 years at WBUR in Boston, five of them producing PRI’s “The Connection”  with Christopher Lydon. In the months leading up to the 2000 primary in New Hampshire, Jill hosted NHPR’s daily talk show, and subsequently hosted NPR’s All Things Considered during the South Carolina Primary weekend. Right before coming to NEPR, Jill was an editor at PRI's The World, working with station based reporters on the international stories in their own domestic backyards. Getting people to tell her their stories, she says, never gets old.

The Manzi Family Band in a Longmeadow, Massachusetts, basement, rehearsing for their July 14, 2018, show at the Majestic Theater in West Springfield, Massachusetts.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

Getting ready for a rare appearance, the Manzi Family Band was in full rehearsal on a recent summer afternoon in a basement in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

Gordon Thorne at 33 Hawley, in Northampton, Massachusetts, the site of a future Northampton Community Arts Trust performance space. Thorne was one of the trust's founders.
Stephen Petegorsky / https://spphoto.com/

For many, his name is connected to Thorne's Marketplace in Northampton, Massachusetts, which he once owned, but Gordon Thorne was also a visual artist and a philanthropist. He died last week at the age of age of 77.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs a law raising minimum wage and establishing paid family leave on June 28, 2018.
Shira Schoenberg / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Governor Charlie Baker signed compromise legislation that will gradually increase Massachusetts' minimum wage, require paid leave for workers and mandate an annual sales tax holiday. It was designed to keep a series of ballot questions off the November ballot, including a proposal to cut the state sales tax. Without them, will election turnout take a hit? 

The campus of UMass Amherst.
File photo / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

The University of of Massachusetts has settled a lawsuit over a decades-old policy on the Amherst campus that a student group said limited its free speech.

The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission and Bondi's Island, across the Connecticut River from the Union Street combined sewer overflow, or CSO.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

A very old sewer system is still in use at about 800 wastewater treatment plants in the U.S., including along the Connecticut River. It’s called “combined sewer overflow,” or CSO. What overflows into waterways is a mix of storm water, street runoff and raw sewage.  

Student Mayrangelique Rojas De Leon talks about what's ahead after graduation from Holyoke High School in June.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

After Hurricane Maria last September, a few thousand school aged-students were among those who left Puerto Rico with their families and came to New England. As the school year wraps up some of them are graduating, thousands of miles away from home.

A handgun with bullets.
Brett Hondow / Creative Commons

Is there a way to take away a person's legally licensed gun, fairly and constitutionally, if their family raises a “red flag”? Massachusetts lawmakers are working on that question.

The Massachusetts State Senate.
Facebook / State of Massachusetts

Now that the Massachusetts Senate has come up with its version of a budget, the hard work really begins. In the wee hours of Friday morning, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed a $41.5 billion spending plan for 2019.

A group of people walk to their seats before the 2016 UMass Amherst commencement at McGuirk Stadium.
Jerrey Roberts / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

For the first time ever at a UMass Amherst commencement ceremony, graduates, their families and friends on Friday will go through metal detectors.

The activated sludge system, the "heart of the water treatment plant," at Springfield Water and Sewer, where wastewater is treated before going into the Connecticut River, in  2017.
Ryan Caron King / WNPR

A draft water pollution permit for a regional wastewater treatment plant on the Connecticut River in Springfield, Massachusetts, is now back in the hands of the Environmental Protection Agency. 

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