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 UMass Amherst campus.
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At UMass Amherst, prospective first-year students will have the option not to submit scores from tests like the SAT for the next three years when they apply to the university.

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse at the Holyoke Elks Lodge in January 2012.
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This week, the heat was turned up a bit in the Democratic race for Massachusetts' 1st Congressional District. The challenger, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, sent out mailers and unveiled a TV commercial, highlighting his late brother's struggles with opioid addiction.

The mail-in voting application sent to Massachusetts voters.
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Some city clerks in western Massachusetts say they're ready to deal with an influx of mail-in voting applications and — eventually — ballots.

Rev. Rashaan Hall speaks outside the Massachusetts Statehouse Friday, July 17, 2020. Hall is the racial justice program director at ACLU Massachusetts, and said qualified immunity has allowed police officers to escape civil liability.
Chris Van Buskirk / State House News Service

The Massachusetts Senate passed police reform legislation this week that looks to ban chokeholds, create a certification process for police, and limit the use of tear gas, among other things. The bill now moves on the House.

Mitchell Rozanski during a press conference introducing him as archbishop of St. Louis.
screenshot / Archdiocese of St. Louis

An advocate for clergy sexual abuse survivors said he's filed a complaint against the Springfield Roman Catholic bishop, accusing Mitchell Rozanski of trying to cover up allegations against priests.

A sign at UMass Amherst.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican /

Some UMass Amherst students say they have concerns about the reopening plan announced this week for the fall semester as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Flags outside of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home.
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An independent report looking into the deadly COVID-19 outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home was released this week. It said the facility's management, under superintendent Bennett Walsh, made "substantial errors," which led to the death toll rising.

The Holyoke Soldiers' Home on May 1, 2020.
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Lawmakers, officials and others weighed in Wednesday on findings of an independent report that said leadership at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home made "substantial errors and failures" in handling a deadly COVID-19 outbreak. 

Supporters of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home demonstrating in favor of renovations at the state-run facility.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

A group calling for major renovations to the Holyoke Soldiers' Home held its first of several planned demonstrations Tuesday afternoon. Seventy-six veterans living at the state-run facility who tested positive for COVID-19 have died in recent months.

 A Black Lives Matter rally in front of Nathan Bill's Bar and Restaurant in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican /

This week, after pressure from many city councilors and some in the community, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno once again suspended five officers who are indicted on perjury charges.

Passengers board Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited after it arrives in Springfield, Massachusetts, on February 10, 2020.
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Amtrak said service reductions on the Hartford Line and Valley Flyer instituted because of the pandemic could remain in place going forward.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, at a press conference Tuesday, June 16, 2020.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Five Springfield police officers who are currently indicted on perjury charges are once again suspended, two months after the police commissioner reinstated them. The officers are accused of trying to cover up a 2015 fight outside Nathan Bill's bar between off-duty police officers and four black men.

The order before the Springfield City Council, which will be discussed at a special meeting Tuesday.
Springfield City Council

The Springfield City Council Tuesday will hold a special meeting to consider whether to retain outside legal counsel. This is the latest step in an ongoing dispute with the mayor over bringing back the city's police commission.

City Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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This week, police brutality protests continued across western Massachusetts, in response to the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. In Springfield, the city council is calling for changes to the police department's use of force policy.

Mitchell Rozanski during a press conference introducing him as archbishop of St. Louis.
screenshot / Archdiocese of St. Louis

Springfield Roman Catholic Bishop Mitchell Rozanski is leaving western Massachusetts to become the Archbishop of St. Louis.  The announcement was made by the Vatican on Wednesday.

In early April 2020, a lighted sign at the corner of North Pleasant Street and Thatcher Road on the UMass Amherst campus reminds people of habits necessary to control the spread of the coronavirus.
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Officials at UMass Amherst have released a preliminary report, outlining what college life might look like for the fall semester, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Protesters kneeling at a protest against police violence in Holyoke, Mass., on June 2, 2020.
Ben James / NEPR

This week has been filled with protests across the country over police brutality, after the death of George Floyd at police hands in Minnesota. There were several demonstrations in western Massachusetts, which were largely peaceful.

A sign in early April at Look Park in Florence, Massachusetts.
Sam Hudzik / NEPR

Phase Two of reopening the Massachusetts economy amid COVID-19 could start as soon as next week. In an executive order released this week by Governor Charlie Baker, many types of businesses could operate, with restrictions, and others would be allowed to expand operations.

Springfield Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris at a briefing on the coronavirus.
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Health officials in Springfield say they're seeing COVID-19 related data continuing to head in the right direction.

Holyoke Soldiers' Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh spoke at the 2020 Iwo Jima Day ceremony at the Massachusetts Statehouse.
Chris Van Buskirk / State House News Service

The suspended head of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home this week denied covering up a deadly COVID-19 outbreak at the state-run facility. More than 70 veterans testing positive for the virus have died there. 

People looking to get a career at MGM Springfield match their skills to potential jobs at a 2014 event.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican/ / photos

The unemployment rate in Massachusetts topped 15% last month. But businesses say some workers who were laid off because of the pandemic are choosing to stay off the job.

With a $600 federal boost to benefits, they’re actually making more collecting unemployment. 

The Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese is forming a new panel tasked with looking at how the church deals with clergy sexual abuse.

Holyoke Soldiers' Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh spoke at the 2020 Iwo Jima Day ceremony at the Massachusetts Statehouse.
Chris Van Buskirk / State House News Service

The attorney for suspended Holyoke Soldiers' Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh has released 19 documents that he claims proves his client did not try to cover up a deadly COVID-19 outbreak. Seventy-six veterans who were residents at the state-run facility have died while testing positive for the virus.

The UMass Amherst campus.
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Colleges and universities across western Massachusetts are considering how to hold classes this fall, and whether in-person learning is a feasible idea amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A veterans' monument in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Memorial Day usually means parades and other public ceremonies honoring those who died while serving the armed forces. With COVID-19 restrictions, some western Massachusetts communities are changing how they mark the occasion. 

The Massachusetts Statehouse on Tuesday, March 17, closed to the public.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

There's mixed reaction from some western Massachusetts lawmakers and local officials to Governor Charlie Baker's plan to reopen the state's economy, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

A man wearing a mask walks to a convenience store in New London, Connecticut..
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public

This week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced a phased approach to reopening much of the state's economy that had been shut down amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

A visitor used hand sanitizer prior to the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce Outlook luncheon at the MassMutual Center on Friday, March 6, 2020.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican /

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has said he'll unveil a reopening plan next week for the state's economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The polling place at Falcetti Towers in Holyoke, Mass.
File photo / Sam Hudzik / NEPR

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, a special election for a state Senate seat covering 11 western Massachusetts communities will be held next week. Democratic State Rep. John Velis and businessman John Cain, a Republican, are on the ballot.

The MGM casino in Springfield, Massachusetts.
HOANG 'LEON' NGUYEN / The Republican /

The operators of MGM Springfield are warning Massachusetts labor officials they may have to layoff up to almost 1,900 employees amid the COVID-19 pandemic.