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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Ernest Jerry Jones, after visiting Stop and Shop in Northampton, Massachusetts, on April 17, 2020.
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On Monday evening, an executive order went into effect in Connecticut requiring anyone in public to wear a face mask of some sort if they can't stay at least 6 feet away from other people. 

The COVID-19 drive-through testing station at Lawrence General Hospital.
Robbin Lubbock / WBUR

A researcher at MIT projects three counties in western Massachusetts have seen the peak in daily new cases of the novel coronavirus, while a fourth will see the top in about a week.

Teachers outside the Boland Elementary School in Springfield, Massachusetts, prepare to hand out laptops on April 6, 2020.
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Since Governor Charlie Baker ordered Massachusetts schools closed in mid-March, teachers and parents have been grappling with educating students at home.

The Springfield Public Schools have now started handing out more than 9,000 laptops to make remote learning easier.

Storrow Drive in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Massachusetts drivers caught with cellphones in their hands are supposed to start getting tickets Wednesday, but police say the new coronavirus could afffect how strictly a new law is enforced.

Northampton High School.
John Suchocki / Masslive /

Updated at 11:24 p.m.

Most students in western Massachusetts won't be going to school on Monday after districts decided to close because of the new coronavirus.

The Clarksburg Senior Center in Clarksburg, Massachusetts, in 2019.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

The number of confirmed or presumed positive cases of the new coronavirus has grown to five in western Massachusetts — all in Berkshire County, according to numbers the state public health department released on Monday.

Passengers board Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited after it arrives in Springfield, Massachusetts, on February 10, 2020.
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After facing sharp criticism for low ridership estimates for east-west rail, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation says it will take a second look.

An "I voted" sticker.
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Connecticut is the only state in New England that doesn't permit felons on parole to vote. New legislation would change that.

Passengers disembarking from a Peter Pan bus in Boston, Massachusetts, on February 10, 2020.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

There's been a lot of debate about a new study from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation on expanded rail service between the eastern and western parts of the state.

The new Gwen Ifill stamps from the United States Postal Service.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

The United States Postal Service has released a stamp featuring the late journalist Gwen Ifill. The one-time Springfield, Massachusetts, resident is being celebrated locally, as well. 

Worcester Fire Chief Michael Lavoie outside the firehouse erected on the site of the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Company fire.
Douglas Hook / The Republican /

The City Council in Worcester, Massachusetts, will consider a proposal Tuesday night to hire a consultant to evaluate the fire department. The request comes in the wake of the death of a firefighter last fall.

The TD Bank branch at 958 State Street in the Mason Square neighborhood of Springfield, Massachusetts.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

TD Bank has reversed itself and decided to keep a branch open in a Springfield, Massachusetts, neighborhood — at least part-time.


A lawsuit alleging inadequate education funding in Massachusetts has been dropped after the legislature passed new money for public schools. 

NTSB investigator-in-charge Bob Gretz near the site of the October 2, 2019 crash of a B-17 at Bradley International Airport.

The nonprofit that operated the historic plane involved in a deadly crash at Bradley Airport last October said it's agreed to keep other aircraft on the ground for now. 

A rendering of a possible Green Fields Market in the Wilson's Department Store building in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
Franklin Community Co-op

Wilson's Department Store in Greenfield, Massachusetts, could become the new home of the food co-op in Franklin County. 

The Pioneer Valley Gay Men's Chorus in 2016.
Tynan Power

The Pioneer Valley Gay Men's Chorus is crying foul after it says it was told it couldn't sing at a church holiday concert on orders from the Catholic bishop in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

Single-use plastic bags.

A plastic bag ban takes effect in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on January 1. Beacon Hill lawmakers are considering a statewide ban — but more and more communities aren't waiting.

Cash and tax forms.
Creative Commons

The income tax rate in Massachusetts will drop to 5% on January 1. It's a change that's been 20 years in the making.

The Loop bus at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts, on December 13, 2019.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

A free bus service in Springfield, Massachusetts, that connects the MGM casino with area attractions and hotels isn't attracting a large number of riders, but the buses will keep running.

An agent with the Internal Revenue Service leaves the pro shop at the Veterans Golf Course in Springfield on July 28, 2016.
Dave Roback / The Republican/ / photos

A former Springfield, Massachusetts, golf pro has been indicted on federal charges of tax fraud and money laundering.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

A ban on all vaping products in Massachusetts is expected to end Wednesday — but that doesn't mean vape shops in the state are celebrating. 

People flagged for possible impaired driving undergo field sobriety tests at a Massachusetts State Police sobriety roadblock in Leominster in 2015. This driver was found not to be under the influence.
Scott J. Croteau / The Republican /

An anti-drunk-driving advocacy group says it's hopeful a Massachusetts bill focused on DII offenders will move forward in the New Year.

Ryan King and his daughter Evora, 4, sculpt a snowman in Florence, Massachusetts.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

The winter storm that came through much of New England early this week may have made travel less than pleasant — but it was well-received by school children who got a snow day.

A makeshift shrine at the scene of a fatal shooting in Springfield, Mass. on November 20, 2019.
Patrick Johnson / The Republican /

The number of murders in Springfield, Massachusetts, spiked this month — and homicides are up Hartford and Worcester.

Chicopee High School in Chicopee, Massachusetts.
File Photo / The Republican/ / photos

The Chicopee, Massachusetts, public schools are recovering from a ransomware attack on their computer systems.

PawSox players in the dugout in 2014.

Updated Nov. 26 at 10:35 a.m.

The Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox will be known as the WooSox when the team moves from Rhode Island to Worcester, Massachusetts. 

Inside the MGM Springfield Casino.
Don Treeger / The Republican /

The MGM Springfield casino reported a bump in gambling revenues in October.

A sign supporting ranked choice voting in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
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The mayor of Easthampton, Massachusetts, said the city will provide more education around ranked-choice voting before it's implemented.

Michael McCabe, right, concedes the mayoral election to Don Humason, left, at Humason's district office in Westfield.
Karen Brown / NEPR

The Westfield, Massachusetts, mayor’s race appears to be over.

A fire destroyed most of a barn, workshop and apratment at Muddy Brook Farm in Amherst, Massachsuetts, on November 3, 2019.
Scott Merzbach / Daily Hampshire Gazette /

A fire that killed three horses in Amherst, Massachusetts, on Sunday could have been caused by rags used in painting projects.