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 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.
Creative Commons

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

Massachusetts Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, at left, and Republican challenger Tracy Lovvorn.
Robin Lubbock / WBUR // Daily Hampshire Gazette /

In Massachusetts' 2nd Congressional District, there's a rematch on the ballot from two years ago.

Last time, incumbent Democrat Jim McGovern defeated Republican challenger Tracy Lovvorn by about a two-to-one margin.

Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Richard Neal.
File photo / Daily Hampshire Gazette /

Campaign finance records show a political action committee representing the owners of a Springfield, Massachusetts, televsion station made a donation to U.S. Rep. Richard Neal — who beat Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse in last month's Democratic primary for the state's 1st Congressional District.

The donation came right before a debate WWLP hosted.

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

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker unveiled a package last week aimed at boosting the state's economy. The $775 million package is aimed at helping out small businesses and bolster workforce development programs. 

Auto repair.
Ryan Doka / Pixabay / Creative Commons

On the Massachusetts ballot, Question 1 would give independent auto repair shops access to more diagnostic information. Supporters have received sizable campaign donations from auto parts makers and stores from out-of-state.

A train sitting on the platform at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

A draft report from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation on expanded passenger rail service between the western part of the state and Boston was released this week. And the public will have the opportunity to comment on it Thursday.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse (left), and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal of Springfield exchange a greeting before a 2020 debate.
Don Treeger / The Republican /

The Democratic candidates in the Massachusetts 1st Congressional District combined to spend $7.8 million on the September primary race.

An early voting sign in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPM

Early in-person voting starts Saturday in Massachusetts. Some communities deemed "high risk" for COVID-19 are saying they're ready.

The incoming bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Springfield, Massachusetts, William Byrne, appeared at an introductory press conference in October 2020.
Adam Frenier / NEPM

Reverend William Byrne, a priest with the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., will be the new bishop of the Springfield, Massachusetts, Roman Catholic diocese. He replaces Mitchell Rozanski, who became the Archbishop of St. Louis in August.

An array of signs on I-91 in Springfield.
JJBers /

Exit numbers on many highways in Massachusetts will be changing in the near future. The shift from set exit numbers to those reflecting mile markers on a given highway is being made in order to meet federal requirements.

Mayor Domenic Sarno in Springfield, Massachusetts.
The Republican /

The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts, has filed a lawsuit against Mayor Domenic Sarno as it tries to bring back the city's police commission. 

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

Updated at 2:00 p.m.

The Springfield City Council is officially suing Mayor Domenic Sarno, as it seeks to reestablish the city's police commission.

Passengers board Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited after it arrives in Springfield, Massachusetts, on February 10, 2020.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

A Massachusetts state senator is again calling into question ridership estimates prepared by the state for a proposed expansion of passenger rail service between the Berkshires and Boston. 

Mohawk Trail Regional School in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Some western Massachusetts school districts — in areas deemed by the state to be "low-risk" for COVID-19 — are responding to a push to return to in-person learning.

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

This week, city officials in Springfield outlined changes they've made to the police department, following a scathing report this summer from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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

The MGM Springfield casino took in $18.4 million in gambling revenue in August. It was the first full month the resort was open after a lengthy shutdown due to the pandemic.

Diners enjoy outdoor dining with service on the patio at Johnny's Bar and Grille in South Hadley, Massachusetts, in June.
Don Treeger / The Republican /

Some chambers of commerce across western Massachusetts said they've seen some restaurant closures due to the pandemic. And there's concern about what fall and winter might bring.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker this week praised Springfield's efforts to flatten the COVID-19 curve, bringing the city's risk level from moderate to low.

MassMutual's offices in Enfield, Connecticut.
Don Treeger / The Republican /

Springfield, Massachusetts-based MassMutual is selling its retirement business, which represents about a quarter of the company's U.S. workforce.

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 /

This week, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal of Springfield, Massachusetts, defeated Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse for the Democratic nomination in the state's 1st Congressional District. With no competition on the ballot in November, Neal is all but assured a 17th term in office.

The drought map for Massachusetts as of September 1, 2020.
U.S. Drought Monitor

Much of western New England continues to suffer from a moderate to severe drought. But over the last week there was improvement in some spots.

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts, as he declares victory in the 2020 Democratc primary against Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse.
Don Treeger / The Republican /

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal of Springfield, Massachusetts, turned back a stern challenge from Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse to capture the Democratic Primary in the state's 1st Congressional District on Tuesday. With 88% of precincts reporting, Neal held an 18 percentage point lead.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse (left), and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal of Springfield exchange a greeting before a 2020 debate.
Don Treeger / The Republican /

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal of Springfield is seeing a stiff challenge from Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse in the Democratic race for the 1st Congressional District in Massachusetts. And Neal hasn't had to deal with many close races during his political career.