Press Releases

NEPR Partners with Amherst College to Bring the NEPR News Network to Hampshire County

Listeners in Hampshire County will soon be able to hear the NEPR News Network on the FM dial thanks to a partnership between New England Public Radio and Amherst College. Beginning Monday, September 21, the station will broadcast New England Public Radio’s NEPR News Network on Amherst College’s WAMH 89.3FM from 2:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. seven days a week, unless otherwise specified in the schedule. Amherst College students will continue to program the station at all other hours with its eclectic mix. The NEPR News Network will also air on WAMH at all times when there are no student programs being broadcast – making 89.3FM a 24-7 broadcast station for the first time in its history.

NEPR Pilots “In Contrast with Ilan Stavans”

On Saturday, July 25, New England Public Radio will air the first of two pilot episodes of In Contrast with Ilan Stavans, a one-hour program, with a focus on cultural life in New England. The show will air at noon on The NEPR News Network, AM 640, 91.7 FM (Franklin County), 89.5 FM (Southern Berkshire County) 98.9 FM (Northern Berkshire County), and at It will also be available as a podcast.

The Short List Gives New England Newsies the Mic

The Short List: NEPR’s week in review, a new segment in New England Public Radio’s All Things Considered, brings reporters and editors from around the region to the mic every Friday afternoon for a look at the news of the week. The Short List is hosted by veteran reporter and the local host of All Things Considered, Susan Kaplan, and features a rotating roster of reporters, columnists and editors from the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Springfield Republican, El Sol Latino, and The Greenfield Recorder among others.

Live Broadcasts from Tanglewood Begin Sunday July 5

The summer tradition continues! New England Public Radio is proud to feature live concerts from Tanglewood every Sunday afternoon through August 16 on 88.5FM WFCR. The broadcast season begins Sunday, July 5, at 2:00 p.m. with the Boston Pops Orchestra featuring special guest, Bernadette Peters. All subsequent broadcasts begin at 2:30 p.m..

Reporter Henry Epp Receives PRNDI Award

New England Public Radio reporter and Morning Edition host, Henry Epp, picked up a PRNDI Award from Public Radio News Directors Inc., an independent organization of public radio news directors. The 2014 Awards were announced June 27, at the organization’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City.

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.