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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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 taken under advisement a lawsuit by the Springfield City Council against the mayor in a dispute about police department oversight.

At a press conference on June 9, 2020, members of the Springfield City Council observe a moment of silence to remember George Floyd, who was killed while in Minneapolis police custody.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican /

A hearing will be held on Tuesday in Hampden Superior Court on the City Council's lawsuit against Springfield, Massachusetts, Mayor Domenic Sarno.

Springfield, Massachusetts, Mayor Domenic Sarno in a file photo. Behind him stands Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Next week, a lawsuit filed by the Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council against Mayor Domenic Sarno goes before a judge.

The conference table U.S. Rep. Richard Neal's office said staff used as a barricade in Room H-208 of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, as pro-Trump extremists breached the building.
Submitted / U.S. Rep. Richard Neal's office

This week, U.S. House members, senators and even Republican governors from across New England called for the removal of President Donald Trump from office.

The Holyoke Soldiers' Home.
Mike Plaisance / The Republican /

The union representing the majority of employees at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home is acknowledging many workers are hesitant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Diocese of Worcester Bishop Robert McManus.
Diocese of Springfield

The Roman Catholic Diocese in Springfield, Massachusetts, recently said it will expand its public list of priests accused of abuse to include those implicated after their death. But some other dioceses in Massachusetts don't have lists posted on their websites at all.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette is based in Northampton, Mass.
File photo / Daily Hampshire Gazette /

Five more employees have been laid off at the Daily Hampshire Gazette, based in Northampton, Massachusetts. The job reductions are again being blamed on the pandemic.

An aerial view of the Massachusetts State House in Boston in June, 2017.
AbhiSuryawanshi / Creative Commons

The legislative session on Beacon Hill is drawing to a conclusion — and it is a time of transition. Some representatives, such as Aaron Vega of Holyoke, who represents the 5th Hampden District, are serving their final days in the House. A group of newcomers, including Jake Oliveira of Ludlow, who will represent the 7th Hampden District, will be sworn in next week.

Soldiers from the Massachusetts National Guard walk down one of the halls of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, Massachusetts, on April 1, 2020.
Army Spc. Samuel D. Keenan / Massachusetts National Guard

While the COVID-19 pandemic dominated headlines around the globe this year, in western Massachusetts, one of the biggest related stories was the deadly outbreak at the state-run Holyoke Soldiers' Home.

A stretch of the Housatonic River.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPM

Updated 3:30 p.m. 

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has issued a revised final permit for the next stage of cleanup of the Housatonic River. General Electric polluted the river with PCBs for decades when it operated a plant in Pittsfield, Massachusettts. 

Inside the MGM Springfield casino.
Don Treeger / The Republican /

Gambling revenue plummeted to an all-time low at the MGM Springfield casino in November.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

With COVID-19 surging again in Massachusetts, this week Governor Charlie Baker rolled back the state's reopening plan a step.

The Puerto Rican Day Parade, on Main Street on Springfield, Masachusetts.
File photo / Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican /

The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts, this week unanimously approved a resolution in support of a proposed federal act giving Puerto Ricans a voice in the fate of their island.

Two people enjoy a ski outing.
File photo / The Republican /

Ski season is beginning to ramp up across New England. Some mountain operators said they're adjusting to more than pandemic-related safety restrictions.

Vaccine administration in a file photo.
Caitlin O'Neil-McKeown / U.S. Air Force

Hospitals across western Massachusetts are gearing up to distribute the first round of COVID-19 vaccines sometime this month. 

Massachusetts state Rep. Carlos Gonzalez, Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz and Sen. Will Brownsberger delivered their committee's compromise policing reform bill to Senate Clerk Michael Hurley on Nov. 30, 2020.
Sam Doran / SHNS

Looking back at news of the week, the Massachusetts House and Senate passed a long-awaited policing reform bill. The compromise legislation would, for the first time, create an independent, civilian-led commission to standardize the certification, training and decertification of police officers.

Gamblers wear face masks at the MGM Springfield slot machines in July 2020.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican /

MGM Springfield on Thursday gave some specifics on its workforce — which has been pared down during the pandemic.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse speaks at a press conference in the final days of his 2020 Democratic primary campaign for Congress.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican /

Alex Morse, who first became mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts, at the age of 22 in 2012, announced Tuesday he's stepping aside when his term expires in January, 2022.

Springfield, Massachusetts, Schools Superintendent Dan Warwick.
Don Treeger / The Republican /

Springfield's public schools have seen a dip in enrollment following a trend across Massachusetts during the pandemic. And the city's schools superintendent warned this could affect funding for the district.

The Eastfield Mall on Boston Road in Springfield, Massachusetts, urges people to wash their hands frequently on its electronic billboard.
Steven E. Nanton / The Republican /

Black Friday traditionally marks the start of the holiday shopping season, a crucial time for retailers. But a group representing them in Massachusetts said it's impossible to predict how it will go this year.

Police cruisers in Springfield, Massachusetts.
File photo / The Republican /

Updated at 4:45 p.m. 

Public defenders in Massachusetts are suing Springfield's mayor and city clerk over a public records request for police discipline reports.

Supporters of the proposed update to the "Right to Repair" ballot law, including Right to Repair Coalition director Tommy Hickey (bottom right), waited for the start of a crowded Consumer Protection Committee hearing on Jan. 13, 2020.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

A group backed by many top auto makers says Massachusetts ballot Question 1 — the so-called "Right to Repair" issue — is unconstitutional, and is suing to have the measure's implementation stopped.

The Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Norfolk is the largest medium security level facility in Massachusetts.
Michael P. Norton / State House News Service

This week, federal authorities released the results of an investigation on Massachusetts state prisons, and said conditions violate the constitutional rights of inmates.

The American Airlines counters at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.
Alden Bourne / NEPM

Despite a warning from the CDC to avoid travel for Thanksgiving, officials at Bradley International Airport say they expect to see increased traffic around the holiday. But it'll be nothing like previous years. 

A sign outside MGM Springfield advising of COVID-19 precautions, in November 2020.
Sam Hudzik / NEPM

Updated at 2:10 p.m. 

The MGM Springfield casino took in $17.5 million from gambling last month, a decrease of less than 1% from September, but revenues remains well down from pre-pandemic levels.

Gov. Charlie Baker visited a second-grade classroom in Carlisle, Massachusetts, where students were learning about bats, on November 12, 2020.
Lane Turner / Boston Globe / Pool

As the number of COVID-19 cases remains on the rise, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is continuing his push to keep schools open as much as possible.

Mass. Democratic Party Chair Gus Bickford.
File Photo / The Republican /

The Massachusetts Democratic Party is holding an election for its chair Thursday. And the current head is at the center of a bit of controversy. 

Republican James "Chip" Harrington, at left, and Democrat Jake Oliveira were on the ballot in Massachusetts' 7th Hampden House District.
The Republican /

The race for the 7th Hampden District seat in the Massachusetts House is headed toward a recount. Democrat Jake Oliveira leads Republican Chip Harrington by a little more than 100 votes.

Election Day in Turners Falls, Massachusetts.
Karen Brown / NEPM

All eyes have been on the presidential election this November, but Massachusetts voters also had two ballot questions before them, with mixed results.

"I voted" stickers.
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Besides the presidential election, there are several contested Massachusetts legislative races in Hampden County on the ballot this year.