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.

A student at the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School in Orange, Massachusetts, reads the names of 17 victims in last month's school shooting in Parkland, Florida. A chime was sounded after each name.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

A big story this week was the student walkouts across the region and the country, on the one-month anniversary of the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Students at the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School in Orange, Massachusetts, take place in a national walkout on March 14, 2018.
Jill Kaufman / New England Public Radio

On the dot of 10 a.m., even as walkways were still being treated for ice the morning after a nor'easter, students from the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School in Orange, Massachusetts, and many teachers, took part in Wednesday's national school walkout.

Agawam High School freshman Mia Hastings, who organized the March 14, 2018, student walkout  at her school.
Courtesty / Mia Hastings

At 10 a.m. Wednesday, a month after the school shooting in Florida, thousands of students in New England will participate in a 17-minute national walkout, demanding Congress pass gun legislation.

A sign held at a Washington, DC, demonstration organized by Teens For Gun Reform, in the wake of the February 14, 2018, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Lorie Shaull / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/number7cloud

It was not lost on students who attend an online public school in Massachusetts that an attack like at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month in Parkland, Florida, could never happen to them.

The main entrance at Westfield State University, where last semester almost two dozen incidents of bigotry were reported.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

It seems every few weeks there is a hate crime reported on a college campus in New England. The groups that keep track of these kinds of incidents say there is, in fact, a marked increase in the number of racist slurs found scrawled on campus walls and an increase in white supremacist group activity.

Holyoke Public Schools

Schools districts in Massachusetts that have been educating students recently arrived from Puerto Rico will soon be getting a portion of $15 million in state funding. 

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Dave Roback / The Republican

The big story of the week: a horrific scene in Parkland, Florida -- a high school shooting that left 17 people dead. We know this cycle all too well in New England, with the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012. Almost immediately, the conversation turned to gun control at the national and state levels.

A painting of Trayvon Martin by Imo Nse Imeh at Westfield State University.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

  

An art professor just spent four days publicly painting a six-foot-tall portrait of Trayvon Martin, the black teen whose murder in 2012 polarized the country and ignited a debate on racial profiling and civil rights.  

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.
File photo / MassLive / MassLive.com/photos

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.   

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