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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Northampton High School in Northampton, Massachusetts, where COVID-19 pool testing was canceled on October 7, 2021.
JOHN SUCHOCKI / The Republican / Masslive.com

The school system in Northampton, Massachusetts, had to cancel pool testing for COVID-19 for one day last week because of a lack of testing staff. A state lawmaker said it points to larger issues with the program.

Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump
File Photo / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

Updated 9:30 a.m.

State Auditor Suzanne Bump is calling for increased funding for western Massachusetts communities. She made her case in a report she released Tuesday.

Springfield, Massachusetts, Mayor Domenic Sarno speaking at a fire department promotion ceremony on October 1, 2021.
Alden Bourne / NEPM

The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts, said the news that Smith & Wesson will move its headquarters out of state is devastating, but he's focusing on helping those who will be impacted.

A vial with a swab test for COVID-19.
Tony Spinelli / Connecticut Public

A western Massachusetts public health expert said the data isn't clear on whether COVID-19 cases are leveling off in the region.

The incorrect notice that Berkshire Gas customers received.
courtesy Garth Shaneyfelt

The Berkshire Gas company said it made an error on recent bills that appeared to defy the laws of economics.

The campus of UMass Amherst.
HOANG 'LEON' NGUYEN / The Republican / masslive.com

UMass Amherst officials said the university has experienced a jump in racist occurrences targeting African American and Black students.

Courtesy of Springfield No One Leaves

The head of a Springfield, Massachusetts, nonprofit says a state program to limit evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic needs improvement.

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

The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority has started new bus service between Amherst and Worcester in Massachusetts.

Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Kevin Gutting / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

Two western Massachusetts hospitals said they are experiencing staffing issues. This comes as they've seen a rise in COVID-19 cases in recent months.

Unionized staff and supporters picket outside the Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School in Chicopee, Massachusetts, on June 23, 2021.
Dusty Christensen / Daily Hamsphire Gazette

The Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations will hold a hearing early this week about a complaint lodged by employees of the Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School in Chicopee.

In 2019, the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts, attracted more than a million visitors.
Courtesy of the Big E

The board of health in West Springfield, Massachusetts, is set to vote on an indoor mask mandate this week. The head of the Big E fair, which takes place in the city and starts Friday, said he's in favor of it.

Masked fairgoers walk past unmasked participants inside an animal exhibition barn at the Three County Fair in Northampton, Massachusetts, on September 6, 2021.
Alden Bourne / NEPM

The head of the Three County Fair in Northampton, Massachusetts, said he expects the organization to be fined by the city health department because some visitors did not follow mask rules.

Service Employees International Union members marching in New York City in 2015.
The All-Nite Images / Creative Commons

A union is accusing management of a western Massachusetts home health provider of intimidating employees who are attempting to unionize.

Superintendent Daniel Warwick, at right, in front of a class of students at Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy in Springfield, Massachusetts, on August 30, 2021.
Alden Bourne / NEPM

As school starts this week in Springfield, Massachusetts, the district said it's sending permission slips home with middle and high school students so they can receive the COVID-19 vaccine on-site.

Ace Mejia, one of the influencers trying to help Worcester, Massachusetts, boost vaccination rates among the city's youth.
Michael Bonner / The Republican / Masslive.com

The city of Worcester is launching a program to use social influencers to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among the city's youth.

The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meets Tuesday with education commissioner Jeffrey Riley.
Screen shot / State of Massachusetts

Updated Aug. 24, 2021

The Massachusetts education commissioner has been granted authority from a state board to mandate masks in public schools. 

The campus of UMass Amherst.
HOANG 'LEON' NGUYEN / The Republican / Masslive

Many western Massachusetts colleges and universities are requiring students be vaccinated against COVID-19 when they return to campus, but they are offering exemptions.

Downtown Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Joseph / Creative Commons/https://www.flickr.com/photos/josepha/14636593555

New figures from the U.S. Census show the four counties of western Massachusetts ranked at the bottom in the state for percentage population growth over the past 10 years.

Wind turbines in the Atlantic Ocean.
RYAN CARON KING / CONNECTICUT PUBLIC RADIO

A new grant provided to UMass Amherst seeks to assist people of color and low-income students get jobs in the offshore wind industry.

St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts.
TERAGEORGE~COMMONSWIKI / Creative Commons

A nurses strike in Worcester shows no signs of ending. The union said the latest offer from St. Vincent Hospital doesn't go far enough.

The High School of Science and Technology in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Daderot / Creative Commons

A member of the school committee in Springfield, Massachusetts, said he thinks he and his colleagues will vote for a stricter approach to mask-wearing than new guidance provided by the state.

Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump.
File Photo / Daily Hamsphire Gazette / gazettenet.com

The state auditor concluded that a western Massachusetts educational collaborative failed to ensure some teachers who worked for it were properly licensed.

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 / gazettenet.com

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.

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