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 classroom.
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A Massachusetts lawmaker hopes to follow to lead of Connecticut and Maine, and eliminate the religious exemption for childhood vaccine requirements in schools.

A vaccine for COVID-19 being prepared.
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A public health expert says several factors may explain why many New England states are near the top of the list for getting their residents vaccinated against COVID-19.

A van from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.
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A lawyer who works with people detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement said some of them are not happy after they were transferred from a facility in Greenfield, Massachusetts, to one in the eastern part of the state.

The Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
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On Thursday, the Massachusetts state Senate will consider a bill that would provide $400 million to build a new facility for veterans.

A PVTA bus in April 2019.

The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority wants to begin new bus service connecting Amherst, Massachusetts, to Worcester. It would stop in seven towns in between.

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The U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts is suing the Chicopee Housing Authority and its leader. The lawsuit alleges they violated the Fair Housing Act by discriminating against a woman with end-stage kidney disease. 

The entrance to Palmer Paving Corporation's site in Springfield, Massachusetts, where the Palmer Renewable Energy Company wants to build a wood-burning biomass plant.
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A Springfield nonprofit said new Massachusetts regulations that would impact a proposed biomass plant in the city are a huge victory.

Springfield City Councilor Justin Hurst.
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A Springfield, Massachusetts, city councilor said a judge's decision in favor of establishing a police commission is good news for the residents of the city.

Holyoke Acting Mayor Terry Murphy addresses reporters at City Hall in Holyoke, Massachusetts, on April 16, 2021, as U.S. Rep. Richard Neal looks on.
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The new acting mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts, said he hopes an infusion of federal cash could help the city's schools return to local control.

The The Holyoke, Massachusetts, City Council gathers on Zoom on April 12, 2021, to choose the next acting mayor., Massachusetts, City Council gathered on Zoom on April 12, 2021 to choose the next acting mayor.
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A new acting mayor will take the oath of office in Holyoke, Massachusetts, on Tuesday after a vote by the City Council Monday night.

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The Holyoke, Massachusetts, City Council will pick an acting mayor on Monday from its own ranks. Two candidates have stepped forward.

Nurses talk to a patient at the COVID-19 mass vaccination site at Eastfield Mall in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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New numbers from the state show Hampden County now trails all other Massachusetts counties in the percentage of residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

A robin that was entangled in a face mask and found hanging from a tree
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A western Massachusetts doctor has launched a campaign urging people to remove the straps on their COVID-19 masks before throwing them away. He says he's trying to protect wildlife.

UMass Medical School student Timothy Winn prepares doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Hotel Grace homeless shelter in Worcester.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

All residents 16 and over will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine fairly soon in New England, but the date varies by state.

Downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.
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More than $2 billion in federal aid from the recent COVID-19 relief bill could be flowing to Massachusetts cities and towns. There are a lot of unknowns, but Springfield stands to get a chunk of it.

Two health care workers speak with a man before he gets vaccinated at the Eastfield Mall in Springfield, Massachusetts, on January 29, 2021.
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The head of Baystate Health in Springfield says while overall trends on COVID-19 are heading in the right direction, some places in western Massachusetts are lagging compared with the rest of the state.

The W.E.B. Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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A UMass Amherst official said, as the weather gets warmer, the university is working to ensure students avoid large gatherings and limit the spread of COVID-19.

St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts.
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Nurses at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester said they will head back to the negotiating table with hospital officials Monday night.

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal speaks at a press conference in Springfield, Massachusetts, on February 22, 2021.
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A U.S. Congressman from western Massachusetts is not joining other state politicians in criticizing Governor Charlie Baker for the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination program.

Razor wire on top of the perimeter fence at the Hampden County Correctional Center in Ludlow, Massachsuetts.
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A justice for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held a hearing Friday on a case against sheriffs across the state, who oversee county jails.

Freshman Massachusetts state Senator Joanne Comerford sponsored the gender-neutral ID bill and gave her maiden speech on the subject during Thursday's session.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Three state lawmakers from western Massachusetts have been chosen to lead new committees in the new session on Beacon Hill.

Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts.
File Photo / Daily Hamphire Gazette

At least one western Massachusetts hospital is no longer scheduling appointments for the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine — for now. That's after the state said it's focusing its limited supply on other sites like the Eastfield Mall in Springfield.

Razor wire on top of the perimeter fence at the Hampden County Correctional Center in Ludlow, Massachsuetts.
File Photo / The Republican / Masslive

The sheriffs of Hampshire and Hampden counties say a growing number of inmates in their jails are getting vaccinated, despite some initial hesitation.

Richard Bodo of Auburn, Massachusetts, receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at the Eastfield Mall in Springfield, Massachusetts, on February 1, 2021.
Alden Bourne / NEPM

A major winter storm may be hitting western Massachusetts, but a COVID-19 mass vaccination site in Springfield is open, and has a plan to accommodate those who can't make it because of the snow.

Two health care workers speak with a man before he gets vaccinated at the Eastfield Mall in Springfield, Massachusetts, on January 29, 2021.
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Widespread vaccinations for those 75 and older in Massachusetts begin on Monday. But two of the state's mass vaccinations sites — the Eastfield Mall in Springfield and Gillette Stadium in Foxborough — began offering them a few days early.

A PVTA rider waits at the Amherst College stop on Boltwood Avenue in 2019.
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A new survey shows that COVID-19 is keeping people from riding public transportation in Massachusetts.

An emerald ash borer.
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The U.S. government has lifted a quarantine on an invasive insect, the emerald ash borer, that's killed many trees in Massachusetts and Connecticut. But critics of the change have been more vocal outside those states.

Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts
Don Treeger / The Republican / Masslive

The top doctor at a Springfield, Massachusetts, medical facility said the region has enough capacity to treat patients for COVID-19 and other illnesses — at least for now.

Carolyn Robbins / The Republican / Masslive

A group that settles refugees in western Massachusetts said the future of the program is unclear, even with the change at the White House.

Police cruisers in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Members of the Springfield Police Department will start getting vaccinated against COVID-19 this week. But the commissioner said a good number of her officers won’t be in line.