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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Massachusetts state Sen. Adam Hinds (left) speaks with state Sen. Adam Gomez  on October 13, 2021. During a campaign kickoff event in Springfield, Gomez endorsed Hinds' run for lieutenant governor.
Adam Frenier / NEPM

Pittsfield Democratic state Senator Adam Hinds is launching a bid for lieutenant governor in Massachusetts. He made the announcement official Wednesday during campaign stops in Pittsfield, Springfield and Boston.

Proposed new Massachusetts state Senate districts.
Massachusetts Legislature

Massachusetts lawmakers Tuesday unveiled a proposal for new state legislative districts to take into account population shifts captured by the 2020 Census.

The dome of the Massachusetts State House on Beacon Hill.
Sumner Caughey / Creative Commons /

Massachusetts received $5.3 billion from the feds in what's known as ARPA funds, or COVID-19 relief funds. The vast majority of it hasn't been spent yet.

A chart showing the transmission of Eastern equine encephalitis.

Updated at 2:45 p.m. 

There have been no cases of the mosquito-borne disease Eastern equine encephalitis in Massachusetts this year in humans, animals or mosquito samples. The numbers for a more common mosquito illness, West Nile Virus, have been similar to other years.

A ferris wheel at the Big E grounds in West Springfield, Massachusetts.
Steven E. Nanton / The Republican /

The Big E fair in West Springfield, Massachusetts, drew nearly 1.5 million visitors during its 17-day run, despite the pandemic. The event wrapped up Sunday. 

Smith & Wesson's headquarters on Roosevelt Avenue in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Don Treeger / The Republican /

Updated at 9:45 p.m. 

After nearly 170 years in Springfield, Massachusetts, firearms manufacturer Smith & Wesson said it’s moving its headquarters and hundreds of jobs to Tennessee.

Mayoral candidate Gina-Louise Sciarra, center, celebrates her first-place finish in the Northampton preliminary on September 28, 2021.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican /

November's field for mayor of Northampton, Massachusetts, is now set, as Gina-Louise Sciarra and Marc Warner were the top two finishers in Tuesday’s preliminary election.

A vaccine for COVID-19 being prepared.
Alison Montemagni / Baystate Medical Center / The Republican /

The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee has set December 1 as the deadline for eligible students to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

A polling place sign.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Tuesday was preliminary election day in a few western Massachusetts communities. In the race for Holyoke mayor, City Councilor Michael Sullivan and Joshua Garcia, who's the town administrator in Blandford, advanced to November's general election.

At a recent virtual debate organized by Northampton Neighbors, moderators quizzed mayoral candidates Gina-Louise Sciarra (top center), Shanna Fishel (bottom left), Marc Warner (bottom center) and Roy Martin (bottom right).
Screen Shot / Northampton Open Media /

Voters in Northampton, Massachusetts, will go to the polls Tuesday for the city's preliminary election for mayor. Four candidates are vying to replace incumbent David Narkewicz, who has held the office since 2012 and is not seeking another term.

Mayoral candidate supporters flash signs at cars outside of Joseph Metcalf School, a polling site for the 2021 preliminary election in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Nirvani Williams / NEPM

Michael Sullivan will face Joshua Garcia in November's general election for mayor in Holyoke, Massachusetts. They were the top two finishers in Tuesday’s preliminary.

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM / CDC

Calling the spike "alarming and scary," Mayor Domenic Sarno said there were more then 250 new cases of COVID-19 in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Tuesday and Wednesday combined.

The seven candidates for mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts, meet for a debate on September 9, 2021.
Screen Shot / Holyoke Media

Holyoke, Massachusetts, will hold its preliminary election for mayor on Tuesday. Voters will have a crowded field of seven to choose from, with the top two finishers advancing to November’s general election.

Springfield, Massachusetts, Mayor Domenic Sarno with city and health officials.
Don Treeger / The Republican /

After canceling a statewide mask rule last spring, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has said he wants these decisions made locally. One such local mandate took effect Monday in Springfield. 

Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi in Springfield, Massachusetts, in a file photo.
Carrie Healy / NEPR

Despite what officials have called extensive mold cleanup and environmental testing at the Roderick Ireland Courthouse in Springfield, Massachusetts, Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi this week said he believes the courthouse still isn't safe. He's refusing to send people in his department's custody there.

Springfield Catholic Bishop William Byrne speaks at a press conference announcing recommendations by a task force on clergy sexual abuse.
Adam Frenier / NEPM

A task force on Wednesday released recommendations for how the Springfield Catholic diocese can better handle — and prevent — instances of clergy sexual abuse.

John Adams Courthouse, home of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Joe Difazio / WBUR

Massachusetts' highest court is scheduled in December to hear arguments over whether to reestablish a police commission in Springfield.

Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni speaks about the evacuation of his offices in Roderick Ireland Courthouse on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021 due to deterioration of environmental conditions
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican /

The Roderick Ireland Courthouse in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, was temporarily closed this week so a mold problem could be addressed, among other environmental concerns.

The Hampden County Hall of Justice.
File Photo / The Republican

The main courthouse in Springfield, Massachusetts, is closing temporarily so a mold problem can be dealt with. The state's court system made the announcement Wednesday.

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin gestures to a county-level map showing the 2020 census results.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Western Massachusetts is lagging the rest of the state in population growth, according to the latest U.S. census numbers. In a visit to Springfield this week, Secretary of State Bill Galvin brought attention to the region's stagnant or declining population.

Dealers and gamblers wearing face masks at the MGM Springfield casino.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican /

MGM Springfield continues to miss its hiring goal for women, and is now placing some blame for it on the pandemic. The question came up Thursday during a Massachusetts Gaming Commission meeting.

Massachusetts Secretary of State Bill Galvin (left) and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno in Springfield walk to a press conference.
Adam Frenier / NEPM

Massachusetts Secretary of State Bill Galvin said action needs to be taken to grow the population of the western part of the state. He made his comments Wednesday during a visit to Springfield.

A photograph of the exterior of the Massachusetts State House taken on September 21, 2013.
Noah B Kaplan / Creative Commons /

Every 10 years, state lawmakers get a whole lot of data from the census bureau and use it to make big decisions about the power of individual communities. That time is now.

A mask mandate has remained in effect at airports across the country, including Bradley Airport in Connecticut.
Sam Hudzik / NEPM

This week, some health officials in western Massachusetts issued mask mandates or advisories amid rising COVID-19 rates. 

A sign, previously posted in the Florence section of Northampton, Massachusetts, reminding visitors to wear masks.
Sam Hudzik / NEPM

The CDC says Hampshire County has a "moderate" level of COVID-19 transmission — the lowest among Massachusetts counties. Still, starting Wednesday, a mask mandate returns in the county seat of Northampton.

The judge panel and jury box inside one of the temporary courtrooms at the former Cinemark theater at Eastfield Mall in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican /

The Massachusetts court system is looking to get out of leases several months early for three temporary court sites in the western part of the state.

Springfield, Massachusetts, Mayor Domenic Sarno during a COVID-19 briefing Tuesday, August 3, 2021.
Adam Frenier / NEPM

When public schools open in Springfield, Massachusetts, later this month, students, teachers and staff will be required to wear masks. The announcement comes as COVID-19 rates continue to rise in the city.

A COVID-19 vaccine is administered at Baystate Medical Center.
Baystate Health / MassLive /

This week, the Centers for Disease Control recommended people go back to wearing masks indoors in places where the delta variant of COVID-19 is surging — including those who have been vaccinated.

A vial with a swab test for COVID-19.
Tony Spinelli / Connecticut Public

COVID-19 case rates have been on the rise over the last few weeks in Massachusetts and elsewhere.

A section of East Street in Belchertown, Massachusetts, collapsed from flooding and a beaver dam that broke on Sunday, July 18, 2021.
Luis Feldman / Daily Hampshire Gazette /

Experts said climate change could be related to near-record — and, in some cases, record – rainfall this month in southern New England.