New England Public Radio is accepting nominations for the 2018 New England Public Radio Arts & Humanities Awards.

2018 will mark the 10th anniversary of the Arts & Humanities Award, which was established by the NEPR Foundation, Inc. in 2008 to recognize those who have made a positive impact on the arts and humanities and bring awareness to the critical role played by musicians, artists, dancers, writers, teachers and cultural institutions in western New England.

New England Public Radio has hired A. Rima Dael as the interim executive director of development and major gifts. Rima will supervise the station's ten person development team, including its underwriting and major gifts teams. She will officially assume her role at the station on December 18, 2017.

Carrie Healy and Heather Brandon
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Longtime New England Public Radio reporter and interim Morning Edition host Carrie Healy has been hired to anchor the morning news program on a full time basis. Heather Brandon also joined the NEPR newsroom in September. She is the station's first Digital News Editor.

New England Public Radio's newest podcast, In Contrast debuts today with a conversation on words and dictionaries with Peter Sokolowski, Editor-at-Large at Merriam Webster. Sokolowski is the author of many definitions for Merriam Webster. He's an active blogger and podcaster with lots to say on language, words and the place of dictionaries in our fast-paced world - the perfect guest to kick off this new podcast on culture in the making. 

Roxie Pin
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New England Public Radio is pleased to announce that Roxie Pin has joined its development department. In her new role as Senior Major Gifts Officer, Pin will work directly with Pam Malumphy, NEPR's Executive Director of Development and Major Gifts, to secure major and planned gifts for the station's annual fund and special projects. 

"I couldn't be more thrilled to have Roxie join our team," said Malumphy. "Her breadth of experience and enthusiasm towards philanthropy is inspiring and we could not be happier to have her with us as the newest member of the NEPR family."

Vault Sessions
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New England Public Radio has just released the first episode in a new series it's producing with Laudable Productions. The Vault Sessions made its debut on Thursday with an acoustic set by Matthew Szlachetka, a Nashville-based musician with roots in western Massachusetts.

New England Public Radio Reporter Karen Brown has won a 2017 regional Edward R. Murrow award for her story "Heroin Addicts Give Up Civil Liberty In Exchange For Treatment."

Henry Epp and Susan Kaplan
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At the end of the month, two familiar voices will be leaving New England Public Radio. Henry Epp, who has been the local host of Morning Edition since 2014, will be moving to Vermont for his new position as the host of All Things Considered at VPR based in Colchester. Susan Kaplan, the local host of All Things Considered at NEPR, will be joining the newsroom at WGBH in Boston. Susan has been a reporter at NEPR since 1995, and host of All Things Considered for the past seven years. 

Media Lab
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After a successful first year that saw three separate cohorts of students from Springfield-area high schools complete the program, New England Public Radio's Media Lab is expanding rapidly under the leadership of director Carlos McBride.