Alden Bourne

Reporter/Producer

Before joining New England Public Radio, Alden was a producer for the CBS NEWS program 60 Minutes. In that role, he covered  topics ranging from art, music and medicine to business, education, and politics. Working with correspondent Morley Safer, he reported from locations across the United States as well as from India, Costa Rica, Italy, and Iraq.  

Alden attended Boston College and received a B.S. in Economics. He later took a year away from CBS to participate in the Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship at the University of Michigan.

Alden was part of the 60 Minutes team that won a duPont-Columbia University Award for “60 Minutes: Punishing Saddam,” a report on the impact of U.N. sanctions on the children of Iraq. He was also honored for excellence in coverage of race and ethnicity by the Columbia University School of Journalism  for “Vice Versa,” a story on a white-only scholarship program at an historically black college in Alabama. Alden has been on staff at NEPR since May 2016.  

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Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni.
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A Massachusetts civil rights group has asked the Hampden County District Attorney’s office to divulge how much it knew about misconduct by Springfield police officers, and how it’s responded.

The 2020 U.S. Census form.
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Census workers are expected to start going door-to-door in western Massachusetts to collect information this week. But an official with the U.S. Census said it’s already had a strong response from households in the region.

Chris Dostal at Eye Physicians of Northampton in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Courtesy of Chris Dostal

Massachusetts had the highest rate of unemployment in the country in June, at 17.4%. That’s according to data released late last week by the federal government. One reason could be the decision to reopen Massachusetts businesses more slowly than some other states.

Maggie Melchiorre of Lyonsville Farm wears a mask as she helps a customer at the Greenfield Farmers Market in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
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Some members of the Massachusetts public expressed their displeasure on Friday about a proposed state regulation that would formalize the mask order Governor Charlie Baker issued in early May.

Rich Hall at Wilbraham and Monson Academy in Wilbraham, Massachusetts.
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Some private schools in western Massachusetts say the uncertainty over how public schools will operate this fall has led to a significant jump in inquiries from prospective parents.

Worcester City Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts.
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The city of Worcester says it’s received more than 25 complaints in the past several weeks about local businesses and their customers not following COVID-19 protocols. 

Slot machines at the MGM Casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, with one shut down to promote social distancing on July 9, 2020.
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The MGM Casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, says it’s ready to re-open and will strictly enforce the wearing of masks.

St Mary's High School in Westfield, Massachusetts.
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The Springfield Catholic Diocese said its 13 schools in western Massachusetts will open in September for in-person learning five days a week.

The Town House in North Brookfield, Massachusetts.
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The town of North Brookfield, Massachusetts, has canceled a Fourth of July celebration after the local board of health and the governor raised concerns.

A sign on the door of Five Guys Burgers and Fries in Hadley, Mass., asks customers to wear masks.
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An employee of a Hadley, Massachusetts, hamburger shop said she lost her job after telling customers they needed to wear masks because of the coronavirus.

Late Worcester firefighter Christopher Roy with his daughter, Ava.
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Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow the pension of a deceased firefighter to go to his young daughter.

Springfield, Massachusetts, Mayor Domenic Sarno.
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Some mayors in Massachusetts and Connecticut said they have signed a pledge on the use of force by police in their cities.

Westfield High School.
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Just a few months ago, Massachusetts communities were anticipating new money for public schools because of the state education act signed into law last year. But the financial picture has changed significantly because of COVID-19.

Northampton Police Lieutenant Alan Borowski (left), Chief Jody Kasper and Massachusetts State Police Major Michael Habel agreed to kneel with a protester to end the demonstration.
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More protests are scheduled for Tuesday around the region — including in Boston and Holyoke, Massachusetts. On Monday, hundreds of people gathered in Northampton to protest police brutality and the death of George Floyd. After a tense standoff, the demonstration only ended when officers chose to make a simple gesture.

Gaurav Patel, an owner of the New World convenience store and gas station in Springfield, Massachusetts, on May 20, 2020.
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On Monday, the nation’s first statewide ban on the sale of menthol cigarettes will take effect in Massachusetts. This is the final step in the state's prohibition of flavored tobacco.

Convenience store owners say the timing couldn’t be worse, given the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

Maria Mossaides, at right, is the Massachusetts Child Advocate.
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Those charged with protecting children in Massachusetts say they’re concerned by a significant decline in reports of alleged neglect and abuse during the COVID-19 crisis.

Rana Zoe Mungin, a former UMass grad student and teacher in New York City, died of COVID-19.
Courtesy of Mia Mungin

A former UMass grad student died last week from complications of COVID-19 at the age of 30. Her friends believe racial bias played a role in her death. And, they say, it’s something she experienced during her years in Amherst.

A high school sports banquet at The Log Cabin in Holyoke, Massachusetts, in 2017.
Chris Marion / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

The federal government opened up applications for another round of financial relief for small businesses on Monday morning. Several western Massachusetts companies said they have applied but aren’t confident they will receive money.

Ernest Jerry Jones, after visiting Stop and Shop in Northampton, Massachusetts, on April 17, 2020.
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On Monday evening, an executive order went into effect in Connecticut requiring anyone in public to wear a face mask of some sort if they can't stay at least 6 feet away from other people. 

The COVID-19 drive-through testing station at Lawrence General Hospital.
Robbin Lubbock / WBUR

A researcher at MIT projects three counties in western Massachusetts have seen the peak in daily new cases of the novel coronavirus, while a fourth will see the top in about a week.

Teachers outside the Boland Elementary School in Springfield, Massachusetts, prepare to hand out laptops on April 6, 2020.
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Since Governor Charlie Baker ordered Massachusetts schools closed in mid-March, teachers and parents have been grappling with educating students at home.

The Springfield Public Schools have now started handing out more than 9,000 laptops to make remote learning easier.

Storrow Drive in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Massachusetts drivers caught with cellphones in their hands are supposed to start getting tickets Wednesday, but police say the new coronavirus could afffect how strictly a new law is enforced.

Northampton High School.
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Updated at 11:24 p.m.

Most students in western Massachusetts won't be going to school on Monday after districts decided to close because of the new coronavirus.

The Clarksburg Senior Center in Clarksburg, Massachusetts, in 2019.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

The number of confirmed or presumed positive cases of the new coronavirus has grown to five in western Massachusetts — all in Berkshire County, according to numbers the state public health department released on Monday.

Passengers board Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited after it arrives in Springfield, Massachusetts, on February 10, 2020.
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After facing sharp criticism for low ridership estimates for east-west rail, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation says it will take a second look.

An "I voted" sticker.
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Connecticut is the only state in New England that doesn't permit felons on parole to vote. New legislation would change that.

Passengers disembarking from a Peter Pan bus in Boston, Massachusetts, on February 10, 2020.
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There's been a lot of debate about a new study from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation on expanded rail service between the eastern and western parts of the state.

The new Gwen Ifill stamps from the United States Postal Service.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

The United States Postal Service has released a stamp featuring the late journalist Gwen Ifill. The one-time Springfield, Massachusetts, resident is being celebrated locally, as well. 

Worcester Fire Chief Michael Lavoie outside the firehouse erected on the site of the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Company fire.
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The City Council in Worcester, Massachusetts, will consider a proposal Tuesday night to hire a consultant to evaluate the fire department. The request comes in the wake of the death of a firefighter last fall.

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