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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Construction of the MGM casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, as of June 2018.
Patrick Johnson / The Republican /

Updated at 10:31 a.m. on September 30, 2019 

A new report says the construction of MGM Springfield added more than half a billion dollars to the economy of Massachusetts. 

A U.S. Air Force plane that carries out aerial spraying awaits main engine startup in Ohio in 2017.
Sgt. Carlin Leslie / U.S. Air Force

For the first time ever in Hampshire and Hampden Counties, the state of Massachusetts is spraying to prevent the mosquito-borne illness known as EEE.

Amherst College in Amherst, Mass.
Wikimedia Commons / via MassLive /

U.S. News and World Report has released its latest list of the best colleges in the country, and some western Massachusetts institutions came out at or near the top. 

The armored vehicle being purchased for the Chicopee Police Department.
Submitted / City of Chicopee, Massachusetts

The police department in Chicopee, Massachusetts, said a new armored vehicle it's getting is more civilian than military. 

The first Valley Flyer train arrived in Northampton, Massachusetts, at 6:14 a.m. on Friday, August 30, 2019.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

New train service called the Valley Flyer started Friday morning in western Massachusetts. It runs between Greenfield and Springfield, with stops in Northampton and Holyoke.

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Massachusetts lawmakers will hold a hearing Wednesday on firearms legislation. 

Michealann Bewsee, the former director and co-founder of Arise for Social Justice
Don Treeger / The Republican/ / photos

Michaelann Bewsee, who co-founded Arise for Social Justice in 1985, has died.

Paul Bockelman, the town manager of Amherst, Massachusetts.
File Photo / Daily Hampshire Gazette /

A town official in Amherst, Massachusetts, says proposed state education regulations contain a glaring oversight.

The campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
File Photo / Daily Hampshire Gazette /

When UMass Amherst resumes classes next month, there will be several new options to help students who struggle with the cost of their meals.

A rendering of the proposed Tribal Winds Casino in East Windsor, Connecticut.
Stu Loeser / Tribal Winds

An official in East Windsor, Connecticut, said he thinks a proposed casino in his town is on track, despite reported efforts by Governor Ned Lamont to stop it. 

Elms College President Harry Dumay offers comments to officials from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

The president of Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts, said new state regulations under consideration could raise college costs. 

A classroom.
Wokandapix / Creative Commons

Voters in a Berkshire County town have signed off on exploring a schools merger with a community right across the border in Vermont.

Staff at Craig's Place in Amherst, Massachusetts, practice setting up cots during a training session at the shelter in 2016.
File Photo / Daily Hampshire Gazette /

Three supervisors at an Amherst, Massachusetts, homeless shelter are making good on their promise to leave because changes they demanded didn't happen.

Springfield City Council President Justin Hurst speaks at a swearing-in ceremony for the new city clerk at Springfield City Hall on July 26, 2019.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

Updated at 9:45 a.m.

The Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council president said he hasn't decided whether he'll endorse Mayor Domenic Sarno for reelection this fall.

Massachusetts State Senate President Karen Spilka speaks with Governor Charlie Baker in a newly refurbished Senate Chamber.
State House News Service

Massachusetts lawmakers will vote Thursday on a bill that would end child marriage in the state.

The Calvin Theatre at 19 King Street in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Ellery Berenger / NEPR

A workers' rights activist says about a dozen current and former employees of Northampton, Massachusetts, music venues are planning to take legal action over wage theft.

New England Treatment Access is a medical and recreational marijuana store in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Sarah Crosby / Daily Hampshire Gazette

The state of Massachusetts has announced how much tax money communities with retail pot shops received for February, March, and April. 

An aerial view of I-91 and Route 5 south of Springfield, Massachusetts, adjacent to a rail line that runs along the Connecticut River.
Patrick Johnson / The Republican/ / photos

The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, which is based in Springfield, Massachusetts, has named a new executive director.

Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni addresses the press after a crime sweep resulted in 34 arrests.
Patrick Johnson / The Republican /

Thirty-four people have been arrested after a week-long operation involving local, state and federal law enforcement in Springfield, Massachusetts.

An aerial view of I-91 and Route 5 south of Springfield, Massachusetts, adjacent to a rail line that runs along the Connecticut River.
Patrick Johnson / The Republican /

The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, based in Springfield, Massachusetts, is choosing a new executive director this week for the first time in decades.

Hampshire College.
Creative Commons

The president of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, said the school will try to return to a larger student body in 2020. 

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
cmh2315fl / Creative Commons /

The highest court in Massachusetts will consider an emergency motion Monday from lawyers who represent indigent defendants. 

Inside MGM Springfield.
Don Treeger / The Republican/ / photos

The MGM casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, saw an uptick in total gambling revenues last month.

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
Joe Deburro / The Republican /

Massachusetts lawmakers will hold a hearing Tuesday on a bill that would mean a big change for health care in the state.

Cathedral Square in Providence, Rhode Island.
John Bender / The Public's Radio /

Many Catholic church officials in New England are staying tight-lipped after a tweet from the Providence, Rhode Island, bishop led to criticism and protests.

A seal below the Holyoke Dam, which spans the Connecticut River between Holyoke and South Hadley, Massachusetts.
Mike Lamontagne / via MassWildlife

Fishermen this week spotted a harbor seal on the Connecticut River, just south of the Holyoke Dam. Marine life experts say it's just following the fish.

Opioid prescription drugs.
Ajay Suresh / Creative Commons /

A health official in Springfield, Massachusetts, said she was surprised by a jump in the number of opioid overdose deaths in the city, and she doesn't know why it happened.

A "now hiring" sign.
Steven Depolo / CREATIVE COMMONS /

New numbers released by the state of Massachusetts show the unemployment rate dropping to a level not seen in almost 20 years. 

Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Richard Neal speaking at The Daily Hampshire Gazette in 2018.
Sarah Crosby / Daily Hampshire Gazette /

Updated at 5:27 p.m. 

Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal of Springfield is pushing back against charges he's engaged in pay-to-play politics. The person making the charge may run against him. 

The sanctuary of West Springfield United Methodist Church in West Springfield, Massachusetts.
West Springfield United Methodist Church

New England leaders of the United Methodist Church are pushing back against the denomination's bans on same-sex marriage and gay clergy.