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.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.
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On Monday night, the Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council will consider a resolution that calls for more diversity in Mayor Domenic Sarno's cabinet. 

Amarilys De Leon, at right, and her daughter, Mayrangelique Rojas De Leon, in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

Among the thousands of people who left Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit last year, many have come to New England. And for a variety of reasons, they won’t return to the island.   

Julius Lester.

Civil rights activist and teacher Julius Lester has died. He was 78 years old.

A demonstrator at a women's march in Jan. 2017.
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker pitched his newest opioid bill to state lawmakers this week. It calls for dozens of provisions to overhaul treatment, tightening restrictions on prescribing, with a focus on educating young people on the dangers of opioids. 

A massive ice jam tore several brackets holding a town water main from the underside of the Exchange Street Bridge, in Athol, Massachusetts. The span will remain closed until Mass DOT can inspect for structural damage.
Courtesy / Shaun Suhoski, Athol Town Manager

The Exchange Street Bridge, in Athol, Mass., remains closed after a chunk of ice hit the bridge over the weekend. 

State Senator Stanley Rosenberg roamed the aisles of the House Chamber on Thursday greeting colleagues during a farewell session for former Sen. Thomas McGee, on Jan. 11, 2018.State Senator Stanley Rosenberg roamed the aisles of the House Chamber on Jan.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

The week included some big personal news for former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg that could have big implications on his professional life. Rosenberg is now separated from his husband, Bryon Hefner, who is accused of sexually assaulting several men. 

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Police in Springfield, Massachusetts, say they will enforce state law when it comes to legalized marijuana, unless they receive additional guidance from top state officials. At the same time, police spokesman Ryan Walsh said the department will cooperate with any federal investigations.  

Tendzin Parsons, at right, was sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty in Northampton District Court January 5th, 2018. His lawyer, Stephen Ferrarone, stands with him.
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A former western Massachusetts bus driver has been sentenced to a year in jail in connection to the 2016 death of a third-grader.

A representation of Los Tres Reyes from Puerto Rico. Three Kings Day is an important celebration among Latino families in the U.S., and is both a religious and cultural celebration.
National Museum of American Art

After Hurricane Maria, thousands of Puerto Ricans who never planned to leave the island are spending their first January 6 -- also known as Three Kings Day -- in the cold, snowy northeast. 

Septic system installation underway for a home on steep slopes.
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About half of New England’s households are on septic systems. That’s the highest proportion in the country.