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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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. 

Holyoke, Massachusetts, City Councilor Rebecca Lisi attends a meeting on Jan. 6, 2020. Lisi has announced she will be a candidate for mayor in 2021.
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Two members of city government of Holyoke, Massachusetts, have announced they're running to replace Mayor Alex Morse.

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments on Monday about whether a Christian college has to abide by anti-discrimination laws.

The Martin Luther King Junior Community Presbyterian Church on fire in Springfield, Massachusetts, on December 28, 2020.
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The head of the fire department in Springfield, Massachusetts, said federal authorities are investigating a blaze that broke out Monday morning at a church in the city's Mason Square neighborhood.


Workers earning the minimum wage in four of the six New England states will see a bit more in their paychecks in 2021. But the gap continues to widen between New Hampshire – where the rate hasn't changed in over a decade – and the rest of the region.

Baystate Hospital In Springfield, Massachusetts.
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The head of Baystate Health said he expects to receive the first shipment of the coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday and start vaccinating employees on Wednesday.

A rendering of the proposed Tribal Winds Casino in East Windsor, Connecticut.
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The head of Connecticut's Mohegan Tribe said he remains hopeful a new casino can still be built in East Windsor, even though tribal officials announced this week now is not the time.

Springfield, Massachusetts, Schools Superintendent Daniel Warwick
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The Springfield, Massachusetts, public schools are pushing back against a request from the Massachusetts department of education to bring some students back for in-person learning soon.

An inmate is tested for COVID-19 at the Hampden County Correctional Center in Ludlow, Massachusetts.
Mark Murray / Hampden County Sheriff's Office

Earlier this week, the sheriff of Hampden County announced that 10% of inmates in the department's Ludlow, Massachusetts, jail had tested positive for COVID-19.  But the sheriffs of the other three counties in western Massachusetts said they see no need to test all their inmates.

Employees tend to marijuana plants in a grow room at the INSA marijuana dispensary in Easthampton, Massachusetts, on July 18, 2019.
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Massachusetts marijuana regulators gave final approval Monday to the delivery of recreational cannabis within the state.

Employee Matt Pizii stands behind a counter at Liberty Springfield in Springfield, Massachusetts, on November 20, 2020.
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Two years after recreational marijuana became available for legal sale in Massachusetts, the first adult-use pot store has opened in Springfield.

Springfield City Council President Justin Hurst on the steps of City Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts, on June 9, 2020.
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The Springfield City Council has rejected a new contract with police sergeants, lieutenants and captains.

Employees tend to marijuana plants in a grow room at the INSA marijuana dispensary in Easthampton, Massachusetts, on July 18, 2019.
Don Treeger / The Republican /

Massachusetts regulators hosted a public hearing Friday to take testimony on plans for the delivery of recreational marijuana in the state.

A scene in Vermont.
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Updated Nov. 11 at 9:15 a.m.

As new COVID-19 cases continue to climb across the country, New England states are trying to limit the spread of the virus by travelers within the region.

An "I voted" sticker.
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In Tuesday's election, three candidates are on the ballot for the 4th Hampden District in the Massachusetts House, representing Westfield. And a write-in candidate has emerged.

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.
Alden Bourne / NEPM

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.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

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.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

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.