The winners of the 2016 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards were announced this week, and New England Public Radio’s newsroom has picked up two of the prestigious awards. Reporter Karen Brown won best feature for her story “Freed After 27 Years, Man Claiming Wrongful Conviction Gets Little Help From System,” which profiled Mark Schand of Windsor, Connecticut, who spent nearly three decades in prison for a murder he says he did not commit. Reporter Jill Kaufman was honored in the sports reporting category for “Deflategate Swag Is Sweet Revenge For Colts Entrepreneur,” her piece about how an epic sports rivalry and a little ingenuity sparked a new business – one that deals in football shaped foam hats, and riles New England Patriots fans.
Thanks to incredible support from public radio listeners across the region, New England Public Radio’s recent fundraising campaign, Feed Your Radio, Feed a Family, wrapped up in March with wonderful results. Over $187,000 was raised to support the station, and thanks to our partners at The ShopRite of Enfield, and two anonymous donors, $8,000 was pledged to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts – enough to provide 24,000 meals to our neighbors in need.
New England Public Radio launches the on-air portion of its “Feed Your Radio, Feed a Family” fundraising campaign on today and is happy to report that over 350 listeners have already joined in the effort to date. “Feed Your Radio, Feed a Family” is a special partnership between New England Public Radio, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and the ShopRite of Enfield to raise awareness about hunger in the region and help The Food Bank distribute food across western Massachusetts.
New England Public Radio is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Arts & Humanities Awards. The 2016 honorees are: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder; independent arts center Amherst Cinema; Springfield Massachusetts’ first poet laureate, María Luisa Arroyo; and Community Access to the Arts of Great Barrington, Massachusetts, which celebrates the creativity of people with disabilities through shared experiences in the visual and performing arts.
On Tuesday, February 23, New England Public Radio will host acclaimed international journalist Ofeibea Quist-Arcton for a lively conversation on her extensive career covering the African continent for major news organizations including the BBC and NPR; and the current political, economic and social issues impacting African nations today. John Higginson, Professor of History at UMass Amherst will join Ms. Quist-Arcton on stage. The event will begin 1:30 p.m. at the Commonwealth Honors College, 157 Commonwealth Avenue, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Start spreading the news… New England Public Radio will celebrate the 100th birthday anniversary of two American icons, Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday with a festive holiday bash on December 12, 2015, from 7-11 p.m. at the Hadley Farms Meeting House in Hadley, Mass.
The ultra-popular Valley Voices StorySlam collaboration between New England Public Radio (NEPR) and the Academy of Music Theatre embarks on its second season this winter at its new downtown location, the Northampton Brewery.
Beginning Saturday, November 7, the perennial public radio favorite, This American Life will be part of the regular NEPR News Network line-up at noon on Saturdays and New England Public Radio will introduce two new shows to the weekend line up.
New England Public Radio is proud to announce that Coleman Casey and Keisha Greene have joined the New England Public Radio Foundation as directors of the board. Lisa Piehler has joined as an advisor. Angelika Melien and Michael Yaffe have been named first and second Vice President respectively, and Robert Feldman has been named Clerk.
This month marks a milestone for New England Public Radio’s CEO and General Manager, Martin Miller, as he celebrates 20 years at the helm of the region’s premiere public radio station.
New England Public Radio is thrilled to partner with Live Art Magazine on its third issue, which comes to Northampton’s Academy of Music Theatre on Friday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m..
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.
New England Public Radio has hired reporter Adam Frenier to staff its new Berkshire bureau in downtown Pittsfield. The bureau is a partnership with Berkshire Community College and is located in the college’s office space at the Central Station Business Resource Center at 66 Allen Street in Pittsfield.
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 NEPR.net. It will also be available as a podcast.
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.