Alden Bourne


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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A socially distanced polling place in Springfield, Massachusetts, on the primary election September 1, 2020.
Sam Hudzik / NEPM

For the first time in more than three decades, the 7th Hampden District seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives is up for grabs.

Great Barrington Town Hall in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
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The town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts, has made it known it disapproves of a declaration that bears its name.

Northampton, Massachusetts, City Clerk Pam Powers.
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The city clerk of Northampton, Massachusetts, said her office mailed ballots to some voters with the wrong address to send them back.

A location in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, used by the think tank American Institute for Economic Research.
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Great Barrington, Massachusetts, recently played host to a meeting that’s causing controversy in the scientific community and caught the attention of the White House.

Departing passenger Elizabeth Gaines at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks.
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Connecticut’s Bradley Airport has seen a sharp drop in passengers since the start of the pandemic. But an airport official hopes a new testing option will help bring people back.

Rollerskating at Interskate 91 in Hadley, Massachusetts.
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Some additional types of Massachusetts businesses are allowed to reopen starting this week, as long as the COVID-19 rates in the communities they're located in are low.


A western Massachusetts group focused on opioid abuse is offering this week the first in a series of online trainings on administering an opioid overdose reversal drug.

U.S. Representative Richard Neal, at an event promoting participation in the U.S. Census, outside the Sergeant Kevin A. Dupont Memorial Middle School in Chicopee, Massachusetts, on September 18, 2020.
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Massachusetts U.S. Representative Richard Neal said he hopes the courts force the government to continue collecting information for the census.

A PVTA bus.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican / Masslive

The head of the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority said ridership is down significantly because of the coronavirus, but that the agency is surviving with the help of federal aid.

Joanna Jaracz of Cummington, Massachusetts, after winning a blue ribbon for showmanship on September 7, 2020.
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Because of COVID-19, this year's Three County Fair was far different than in past years. There was no demolition derby, carnival rides, games — or the public. The fair was limited to arts and crafts exhibits and youth livestock competitions.

The Berkshire Eagle Building in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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In October, The Berkshire Eagle will eliminate its Monday and Sunday hard copy papers. 

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The Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council will hold a hearing on electricity costs Thursday. That’s after constituents complained their bills went up.

Denise Hurst (left), Sean Mullan (center) and Orlando Ramos (right) are running in the 2020 Democratic primary for a Springfield-based seat in the Massachusetts House.
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Three candidates are running to replace a retiring Massachusetts state representative in the 9th Hampden District, which includes part of Springfield and a small part of Chicopee. 


A Massachusetts public health official said people need to stay vigilant against the mosquito-born Eastern Equine Encephalitis. This weekend, the state confirmed the first human case of the virus this year in western Massachusetts.

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.
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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.