Adam Frenier

All Things Considered Reporter/Producer/Host

Adam joined NEPR as a freelance reporter and fill-in operations assistant during the summer of 2011. For more than 15 years, Adam has had a number stops throughout his broadcast career, including as a news reporter and anchor, sports host and play-by-play announcer as well as a producer and technician.

Adam graduated from UMass Amherst in 2004 with a B.A. in History.

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City Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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The president of the City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts, said an open process will be used to fill the position of city clerk.

An aerial view of the Massachusetts State House in Boston in June, 2017.
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The recently-unveiled Massachusetts Senate budget proposal includes increased funding for public schools.

A regional vaccination site opened on April 20, 2021, at The Big E grounds in West Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Massachusetts announced changes this week to its COVID-19 vaccine distribution strategy. More shots will be provided to regional sites, mobile clinics and doctor's offices.

MGM Springfield on Main Street in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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The MGM Springfield casino's workforce grew by 8.5% in the first quarter of this year, with pandemic-related capacity restrictions still in place.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette's headquarters in Northampton, Mass.
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The Northampton, Massachusetts, City Council will consider a resolution Thursday night in support of workers at the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Cara Rintala is handcuffed and escorted out of the courtroom after being found guilty of first-degree murder in Hampshire Superior Court on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016.
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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments Monday in the murder conviction of Cara Rintala. The Granby woman was found guilty in 2016 of murdering her wife.

Roller coasters at Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts.
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This week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced a further rollback of the state's COVID-19 restrictions.

The Holyoke Soldiers' Home in March 2020.
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The Massachusetts Senate has unanimously passed its version of a funding bill for a new Holyoke Soldiers' Home. It carries a higher price tag than the bill the House recently passed.

Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts, in a pre-pandemic file photo.
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Some Massachusetts business owners are gearing up to open their doors next month after the state relaxed COVID-19 restrictions this week.

Springfield, Massachusetts, Mayor Domenic Sarno in a file photo. Behind him stands Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood.
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A Massachusetts superior court judge has largely sided with the Springfield City Council in its lawsuit against Mayor Domenic Sarno over a 2018 ordinance seeking to establish a police commission.

A new psychiatric hospital called MiraVista, operated by Health Partners New England, is scheduled to open April 21, 2021, at the site of the former Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
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This week on The Short List: Many children in western Massachusetts in a mental health crisis are struggling to get services they need.

The Holyoke Soldiers' Home.
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A bond bill to provide funding for a new Holyoke Soldiers' Home unanimously passed the Massachusetts House Thursday.

People enter and exit the Registry of Motor Vehicles office on Blackstone Street in Boston.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

It could be until at least Saturday before vehicle inspections resume in Massachusetts. Some local businesses are feeling the impact of the outage. 

The MGM Springfield casino.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican /

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Wednesday heard arguments in a pair of cases focusing on whether the state's two resort casinos shorted blackjack players on their winnings.

Springfield, Massachusetts, Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris addresses reporters at the city's weekly COVID-19 briefing.
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An increasing number communities in western Massachusetts are now categorized as “red,” the state’s highest risk level for COVID-19. There's been a bump in cases statewide, too.

Main lobby at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home in a file photo.
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Updated at 7:33 p.m. 

Another Massachusetts legislative committee heard testimony Monday on a $400 million bill to fund a new Holyoke Soldiers' Home. Questions arose again about geographic equity and care for the thousands of veterans outside the two state-run facilities in Holyoke and Chelsea.

As Springfield, Massachusetts, schools get ready to open for in-school learning, Rebecca Johnson School custodian Frederick Mogilka Jr. shows a cart of classroom cleaning products to Mayor Domenic Sarno and Superintendent Daniel Warwick.
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Many Massachusetts schools will open for full, in-person learning on April 5. Others, including Springfield, will start with a hybrid model, and bring back younger students first.

In this photo from October 2020, Andrew Samuelson, literacy coach at Jackson Street School in Northampton, Massachusetts, checks on his students during testing outside of the school.
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Current eleventh graders in Massachusetts would not have to take a standardized test in order to graduate high school, under a proposal announced Thursday.

The Holyoke Soldiers' Home in March 2020.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

A vigil held Tuesday night at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home marked a year since the announcement of the first coronavirus deaths at the state-run veterans facility. At least 76 veterans who tested positive for COVID-19 died during the outbreak.

Richard Bodo of Auburn, Massachusetts, receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at the Eastfield Mall in Springfield, Massachusetts, on February 1, 2021.
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This week Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker was grilled by a legislative oversight committee looking into his administration's COVID-19 response.

Alex Morse was elected mayor of Holyoke in 2011.
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This Friday is Alex Morse's last day as mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts. Morse received national attention in 2011, when he was elected the city's youngest and first openly gay mayor. Late last year, he announced he wasn't running for reelection, and now he's resigning to become town manager of Provincetown. 

School buses lined up.
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A majority of parents in Massachusetts say they want to see a focus on bringing more children back to school for in-person learning. That's according to a new survey.

A COVID-19 vaccine.
Pat Greenhouse / Boston Globe / Pool / State House News Service

Some public housing authorities in western Massachusetts are planning to have COVID-19 vaccination clinics for eligible residents.

A dose of the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

A spokesperson for Berkshire County's two hospitals said the region's success in COVID-19 vaccination has been all about collaboration.

Jorge Rodas (left) and Lucheyla Celestino, sophomores at Amherst College, talked last fall about their experience living in the bubble the college has created in response to COVID-19.
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One year ago Tuesday, Amherst College announced it was sending students home early for spring break and that they shouldn't come back. Classes would go remote, the college said, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus among students, their families and the local community.

A model of the coronavirus in a doctor's gloved hand. March 11, 2021, marks one year since the World Health Organization declared a global COVID-19 pandemic.
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As we look back at this week's top stories, our guests reflect on the impact of the past year. Thursday, March 11, marks one year since the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic because of COVID-19.

A for-rent sign.
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A new housing study of the greater Springfield area shows just how prevalent housing instability is in the area. The problem is especially acute for people of color.

Sports betting in action.
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Connecticut took a step toward legalizing sports gambling this week, and it could motivate Massachusetts lawmakers to move ahead with their legislation on the issue.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker tours the COVID-19 mass vaccination site at the Natick Mall on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, with Bill Haas of LabCorp.
Matt Stone / Boston Herald / Pool / State House News Service

This week, a Massachusetts legislative oversight committee grilled Governor Charlie Baker over his administration's COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

The American Hockey League All-Stars line up for the Canadian and American national anthems at the MassMutual Center during the 2019 all star event.
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The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority needs to do a better job overseeing MGM Springfield's management of the MassMutual Center. That's according to a report from the state auditor's office.