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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The polling place at St. Elizabeth Parish Center in North Adams, Massachusetts, on Sept. 19, 2017.
Adam Frenier / NEPM

You might be thinking about your vacation plans or backyard barbecues, but there are several mayoral races heating up across western Massachusetts. 

The former Court Square Hotel at 31 Elm St. in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPM

A long-awaited project to bring more than 70 apartments to Court Square in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, could get underway in earnest this fall.

The outside of the mass vaccination site at the Eastfield Mall in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPM

After distributing more than 178,000 doses, the mass vaccination site at the Eastfield Mall in Springfield is closing Tuesday. The state plans to take a more targeted approach to COVID-19 shots. But mall management and some tenants say having the clinic there provided a much needed boost to business.

There are some 20,000 cannabis plants growing at any one time under the 15,000 square feet of indoor canopy at the Holistic Industries cultivation and manufacture facility in Monson, Massachusetts.
Kevin Gutting / Daily Hampshire Gazette /

On Thursday, possession of marijuana became legal for recreational use in Connecticut. That's after the General Assembly and Governor Ned Lamont signed off on the legislation last month.

The door to the upstairs office at Iron Horse Entertainment Group's Northampton Box Office.
Ellery Berenger / NEPR

Updated 3:46 p.m.

The owner of several entertainment venues in Northampton and Holyoke, Massachusetts, has been hit with $100,000 in fines and restitution after the Massachusetts Attorney General's office found the rights of about 30 workers were violated.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
Craig F. Walker / Boston Globe / Pool / State House News Service

This week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced a COVID-19 vaccine lottery, designed to encourage people to continue to get their shots.

Mass Alternative Care in Chicopee, Massachusetts, sells marijuana for medical and recreational use.
Don Treeger / The Republican /

When Governor Ned Lamont, as expected, signs a bill legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Connecticut, the retail tax rate would be at the high end for states in the Northeast.

Sports betting in action.
Thomas Schlosser / Creative Commons

This week, a legislative committee will take another look at legalizing sports betting in Massachusetts.

Activists assemble for a rally at City Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts, on June 9, 2021, to call for Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood's removal.
Karen Brown / NEPM

This week, a group of seniors gathered in downtown Springfield t0 renew their call for Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood to be removed from her job.

Rick Sullivan, president of the Western Mass Economic Development Council.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican /

The head of an economic development agency in western Massachusetts says the so-called "Fair Share Amendment" could hurt the region.

A female mosquito.
Alvesgaspar / Creative Commons

Some communities in Massachusetts are trying to opt out of the state's mosquito spraying program. That's after a change in state law provided for a process to do so. 

James Gallagher of LA Metro speaks at an unveiling ceremony at CRRC's Springfield factory. The train behind him is the first of 64 to be built for LA Metro.
Adam Frenier / NEPM

A top official with a Los Angeles-area transit agency said he's "completely confident" in rail cars made by a company in Springfield, Massachusetts. That's after several issues with similar train cars made for Boston.

Residents begin cleanup work on Beech Street in Springfield, Massachusetts, after a deadly tornado ripped through the city on June 1, 2011.
Michael S. Gordon / The Republican /

This week marks 10 years since a devastating tornado ripped through a swath of western Massachusetts. Three people were killed and 200 injured, and it caused more than $200 million in damages.

Hailey R. Staker / U.S. Air Force

Massachusetts public health officials announced this week opioid overdose deaths climbed by 5% in the state last year.

City Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts.
cmh2315fl / Creative Commons /

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.
AbhiSuryawanshi / Creative Commons

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.
Don Treeger / The Republican /

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.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican /

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.
File Photo / Daily Hampshire Gazette /

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.
Carol Lollis / Daily Hampshire Gazette /

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.
Jeremy Thompson / Creative Commons /

This week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced a further rollback of the state's COVID-19 restrictions.

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

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.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican /

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.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

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.
Ben James / NEPM

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.
Mike Plaisance / The Republican /

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.
File photo / Don Treeger / The Republican /

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.
Mike Plaisance / The Republican /

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.