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 PVTA bus.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican / MassLive

State lawmakers from the western part of Massachusetts disagrees with Governor Charlie Baker's veto of funding requested for regional bus systems — like the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority.

Nurses talk to a patient at the COVID-19 mass vaccination site at Eastfield Mall in Springfield, Massachusetts, in January 2021.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican / Masslive

The numbers remain low compared to earlier in the pandemic, but local public health officials are expressing concern about upticks in COVID-19 cases in two of New England's largest cities.

A child receives a vaccine.
James Gathany and Judy Schmidt / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Massachusetts lawmakers held a hearing Monday on a number of bills focused on vaccines. One would eliminate the religious exemption for childhood vaccinations to attend school. 

The first Valley Flyer train arriving in Northampton, Massachusetts, on Friday, August 30, 2019.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

Western Massachusetts train service that was cut back because of the COVID-19 pandemic is scheduled to resume in a few weeks.

Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump.
File Photo / Daily Hamphire Gazette /

The Massachusetts state auditor said public safety officials need to do a better job getting the word out about a feature available on 911 calls.

Holyoke, Massachusetts, Acting Mayor Terry Murphy.
File Photo / The Republican / Masslive

The acting mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts, has announced he's creating a new Community Police Relations Board.

The Springfield Armory in June 2018.
Don Treeger / The Republican / Masslive

The Springfield Armory National Historic Site will reopen to visitors on Friday, July 2, after being closed for more than a year.

A sign outside a Pride store in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

This week, Pride gas stations and convenience stores started giving a free large cup of coffee — iced or hot — to those who have been vaccinated.

The Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston, Massachusetts.
File Photo / The Republican / Masslive

The Massachusetts Joint Committee on COVID-19 and Emergency Preparedness and Management held the first of a series of statewide listening sessions on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

George Ejja outside his restaurant, Pita Pocket, in Northampton, Massachusetts, on May 31, 2021.
Alden Bourne / NEPM

Most COVID-19 restrictions in Massachusetts were rescinded by Governor Charlie Baker effective Saturday, but some people aren't taking their masks off.

Holyoke, Massachusetts, Acting Mayor Terry Murphy.
File Photo / The Republican / Masslive

Terry Murphy, the acting mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts, is taking heat after he canceled an executive order declaring racism and police violence as public health concerns.

Springfield, Massachusetts, Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris speaking at City Hall on Monday, May, 17, 2021.
Alden Bourne / NEPM

Springfield's top public health official said it's good news Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will lift the state's COVID-19 restrictions soon, but urged the city's residents to exercise caution.

A classroom.
Wokandapix / Creative Commons

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.
Alison Montemagni / Baystate Medical Center / The Republican /

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.
State of Massachusetts

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.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

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.

File Photo / Masslive

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.
Robin Lubbock / WBUR

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.
Don Treeger / The Republican /

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.
Alden Bourne / NEPM

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 Holyoke, Massachusetts, City Council gathers on Zoom on April 12, 2021, to choose the next acting mayor.
Alden Bourne / NEPM

A new acting mayor will take the oath of office in Holyoke, Massachusetts, on Tuesday after a vote by the City Council Monday night.

File Photo / Daily Hampshire Gazette /

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.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican /

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
Sandra Denisuk

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.
Rusty Clark / Creative Commons /

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.
Alden Bourne / NEPM

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.
Kevin Gutting / Daily Hamphire Gazette /

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.