Press Releases

Reporter Karen Brown Wins Miller Award for Best Audio Documentary

New England Public Radio reporter Karen Brown picked up a Miller Audio Award from the Missouri Review for her radio documentary, “Lance and Nina: A Story of Addiction and Redemption.” Brown told the emotional story of then 24 year old Lance Rice who was on a path to becoming another statistic in the heroin epidemic sweeping through rural Massachusetts until the night he robbed the house of Nina Rossi. That event set off an unlikely chain of recovery and friendship.

NEPR’s New Oral History Project Explores the Immigrant Experience in Western New England

New England Public Radio has collected the personal stories of nearly 30 people from around the world who have made their new home in western New England. An extensive oral history project, Words in Transit: Bhutan to Springfield, Romania to Hartford, Palestine to Amherst, traverses continents and cultures to illuminate the many pathways leading to our small corner of the globe.

NEPR Radio Documentary Wins Edward R. Murrow Award

New England Public Radio has won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for reporter Karen Brown’s radio documentary, Life After Stress: The Biology of Trauma and Resilience. The half-hour piece explores the factors that go into human resilience — a field of research that has taken off over the past decade. It’s told through a close-up story of two sisters in Massachusetts going through a tough adolescence, interspersed with scientific interviews and personal observations.

$300,000 Gift from the Perles Family Foundation to Fund NEPR’s New Berkshire Bureau

New England Public Radio will open a new bureau in Pittsfield this summer thanks to a generous gift from the Perles Family Foundation. The bureau is part of a partnership with Berkshire Community College and will be located at the college’s Intermodal Education Center in downtown Pittsfield. The $100,000 gift will fund the bureau, and a full-time Berkshire County reporter for three years.

NEPR’s Feed Your Radio, Feed A Friend Fund Drive Sends 6,000 Meals to Friends of the Homeless and Raises Over $241,000 for NEPR Programming

New England Public Radio wrapped up its winter fund drive on Monday raising $241,000 from 1,686 listeners in support of the station’s programming. Through a special partnership with Friends of the Homeless, Inc., 6,000 meals were contributed to the Springfield-based non-profit thanks to a generous group of donors who contributed two meals each time a pledge was made to NEPR.