Press Releases

SPRINGFIELD, MA (December 18, 2020) New England Public Media is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a Report for America host newsroom partner. NEPM will join an expanding network of more than 200 newsrooms benefiting from the support of this nonprofit program that places talented emerging journalists in local newsrooms to report on under-covered topics and communities. This year, a total of 64 daily and weekly newspapers, digital-only news outlets, radio and television stations from across the nation were selected by RFA.

SPRINGFIELD, MA (November 24, 2020) For New England Public Media President Martin Miller, this fall marks an important milestone — 25 years of service in public media in western New England.

SPRINGFIELD, MA (November 13, 2020) In the wake of the November election and with many questions still unanswered, New England Public Media (NEPM) and the Springfield Public Forum will host a free virtual discussion: “Election 2020: What’s Next?” on Tuesday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. The event will feature a conversation with NPR senior political correspondent Domenico Montanaro and Weekend All Things Considered host Michel Martin. NEPM’s Kari Njiiri will moderate the discussion.

SPRINGFIELD, MA (September 28, 2020) Michael Lyle, Jr. has been named the new weekend host for NEPM 88.5 FM. Listeners will hear his voice on Saturday and Sunday mornings during NPR’s Weekend Edition. In addition to dispatching the latest local news, weather and sports updates, Mike will be producing original local stories.

SPRINGFIELD, MA (July 30, 2020) – A number of talented professionals have recently joined New England Public Media, the new alliance of NEPR and WGBY, in the positions of Chief Content Officer, Grants Manager, Media Lab Director, Director of Corporate Sponsorship, and Digital & Creative Marketing Director.

SPRINGFIELD, MA (June 11, 2020) – In November, 2019, WGBY’s Connecting Point and the NEPR News team came together to produce “Legal Vices: One Year Later - A Community Dialogue,” a primetime special that looked back at the impact of the MGM Casino and legalized marijuana in western Massachusetts. This program has won a 2020 Silver Telly Award, in the category of “Television Program: Social Impact.”

Springfield, Mass. (May 20, 2020)—On Tuesday, May 12, New England Public Media, the new alliance of NEPR and WGBY, received the coveted Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association for “Hard News” in the Small Market Radio category in Region 10 (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont). The winning story, “Testimony Raises Questions About Drinking by Police at Springfield, Mass., Headquarters,” produced by NEPM Senior Reporter Karen Brown, first aired on November 6, 2019.

Springfield, Mass. (March 23, 2020) -- Since public radio station NEPR and public television station WGBY joined forces last year to form New England Public Media, there have been a number of exciting cross-platform collaborations. Now, in order to increase public service amid the ongoing coronavirus epidemic, those collaborations will be broadly and immediately expanded.

Springfield, Mass. (March 20, 2020) -- With schools across the state closed in response to the COVID-19 virus, New England Public Media, the new alliance of NEPR and WGBY in Springfield, and WGBH in Boston are partnering with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to provide distance learning opportunities on broadcast television, ensuring students continue to have access to educational programs regardless of their access to broadband internet.

Special Shares Voters' Voices From Around New England on the Issues That Matter to Them.

NEPM partners with Provisions of Northampton and Guest Host Amy Traverso, senior food editor at Yankee magazine and co-host of public television’s Weekends with Yankee for the region’s largest benefit wine and food event March 6–7.

WGBY Now Live on YouTube TV

Mar 6, 2020

Beginning Today, YouTube TV Subscribers Will Have Access to Educational and Inspiring Content from New England Public Media

Jazz, Baby! returns to the Hotel Northampton on Saturday, December 7 with live music, cocktail party fare, stylish drinks, and a few surprises.

“Legal Vices—One Year Later: A Community Dialogue” airs Monday, November 25 at 8 p.m. on WGBY

Springfield, Mass. (November 20, 2019) -- The pros and cons of gambling and recreational marijuana were debated with fierce intensity throughout the western Mass community for years. Roughly one year later, it’s an appropriate time to explore what has happened and where we go from here.

WGBY Kids Fan Day at the Basketball Hall of Fame features live kids’ music, animals, screenings, and creativity stations hosted by more than a dozen community organizations.

Springfield, Mass. (August 26, 2019) – On Sunday, September 8, beginning at 7:00 p.m., WGBY-TV and Signature Sounds will present a special evening in celebration of Ken Burns’ highly anticipated new film Country Music at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton. A full week before the nation-wide premiere, join us for a night of soulful singing, lively conversation, and never-before-seen footage and recordings of country music artists from the Carter Family to Hank Williams to Loretta Lynn.

Jamil Ragland
Joyce Skowrya / NEPR

It's been a busy spring for New England Public Radio's newsroom, which picked up two PRNDI Awards this month from Public Radio News Directors Inc., These wins come on the heels of reporter Karen Brown's 2019 Webby Award for best podcast mini-series for The Great God of Depression which was awarded in May.

New England Treatment Access in Northampton, Massachusetts.

New England Public Radio has won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award from The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) for its continuing coverage of marijuana legalization in Massachusetts.

New England Public Radio and WGBY Television Join Together
Joyce Skowrya / NEPR

New England Public Radio and WGBY Public Television today announced they are joining to create a robust new multi-media organization, New England Public Media (NEPM), with one of the largest newsrooms in western Massachusetts. With a goal of expanding public media offerings for the people of western New England, NEPM will build on the strength of each organization to deliver the trusted educational content, cultural and news programs, and community engagement that characterizes public media.

Ilan Stavans and Ray Suarez
Joyce Skowyra / NEPR

On October 15, 1958 -- sixty years ago next week -- Edward R. Murrow, the distinguished CBS newsman, delivered his famous "wires and lights" speech in Chicago at the Radio and Television News Directors Association convention. In it, he criticized American media for abandoning its responsibility to enlighten the audience on the crucial issues of the day and instead falling prey to facile entertainment that was shamelessly driven by profit.

Marie Betts Bartlett
Joyce Skowyra / NEPR

The colorful artwork of Marie Betts Bartlett will adorn New England Public Radio's 2018 "Art Mug" available to contributing listeners as a thank you gift beginning with station's fall fund drive which is underway now.

The mug is number thirteen in a series that has continued to be popular with NEPR's listeners over the years. Bartlett's design was selected from dozens of entries received by the station this year during an open call for submissions that began in July.

Steve Petke
Joyce Skowyra / NEPR

New England Public Radio is adding more locally produced classical music to Saturday afternoons on 88.5FM. Beginning September 15, Steve Petke will host a live program from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. every Saturday afternoon, featuring the best in classical music from Bach to Beethoven, Handel to Haydn.

Nancy Eve Cohen
Matthew Cavanaugh

Nancy Eve Cohen will cover Berkshire County for New England Public Radio. Nancy has been a freelance reporter with NEPR since 2012 and has produced an impressive body of reporting for the station including recent pieces on the legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts, local farming and school safety from the perspective of students and teachers.

"Nancy is an experienced and accomplished reporter," said NEPR news director Sam Hudzik. "She has a particular interest and expertise in environment and agriculture stories -- and has produced some brilliant ones for us."

On Thursday, September 13, beginning at 7:00 p.m., New England Public Radio and Radiotopia will host a podcast listening event at Gateway City Arts,

Karen Brown's voice is familiar to New England Public Radio listeners -- the senior reporter covers science and mental health for NEPR and is regularly featured on NPR's nationally syndicated news magazines, Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

New England Public Radio has named A. Rima Dael as the station's executive director of development and major gifts. Dael has served in the role as interim director since November of 2017. She will supervise the station's ten-person development team, including its underwriting and major gifts teams. 

NEPR's Carrie Healy (right) on site with Lynda Mapes at the Witness Tree in the Harvard Forest, Petersham, Mass.
Douglas MacDonald

New England Public Radio's newsroom picked up three first-place PRNDI Awards this week from Public Radio News Directors Inc., an independent organization of public radio news directors. The awards were announced June 23 at the organization's annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

New England Public Radio's awards spanned a broad number of categories: Best Commentary, Best Interview and Best Soft Feature. The field was crowded as always, with NEPR competing against public radio stations across the country with similarly-sized newsrooms of 4-7 full-time employees.

On Tuesday, June 19, New England Public Radio and the New England News Collaborative will host "Springfield's Big Gamble," a lively discussion with some of the region's top reporters on the casino beat. This special edition of the public radio station's News & Brews series will be held at Valley Venture Mentors in downtown Springfield (Tower Square, 1550 Main Street, Suite 125).

The New England Public Radio Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 NEPR Arts & Humanities Award. This year, NEPR will honor The Literacy Project; poet and founder of Springfield's Teatro V!da, Magdalena Gómez and music director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Carolyn Kuan. It will also celebrate David Tebaldi, Executive Director of Mass Humanities with the first ever "Lifetime Achievement" Arts & Humanities Award. Dr. Tebaldi will retire in October after 33 years at the helm of Mass Humanities. 

New England Public Radio is seeking high school students interested in audio journalism to participate in the spring session of its Media Lab program. 

Launched in 2016 out of New England Public Radio's downtown Springfield headquarters, NEPR Media Lab is a youth initiative powered by the art of storytelling. In an after-school setting that offers a safe and supportive environment and the opportunity to have fun, students become part of a growing community of young people with something to say and the skills to make their voices heard.