Jill Kaufman

Arts and Culture Reporter

Jill has been reporting, producing features and commentaries, and hosting shows at NEPR since 2005. Before that she spent almost 10 years at WBUR in Boston, five of them producing PRI’s “The Connection”  with Christopher Lydon. In the months leading up to the 2000 primary in New Hampshire, Jill hosted NHPR’s daily talk show, and subsequently hosted NPR’s All Things Considered during the South Carolina Primary weekend. Right before coming to NEPR, Jill was an editor at PRI's The World, working with station based reporters on the international stories in their own domestic backyards. Getting people to tell her their stories, she says, never gets old.

Curator Sandy Litchfield, at left, and artist Sarah Braman sit inside Braman's "Day Trip" in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

From the middle of UMass toward the center of town in Amherst, Massachusetts, you may have seen some unexpected objects near walkways or up on a grassy hill.

Upon closer inspection, they’re delightful and puzzling pieces of art.

Children's book author Jane Yolen.
Kevin Gutting / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

Writing novels about the Holocaust for young readers has only been done by a few. Hatfield, Massachusetts, author Jane Yolen has written three on the topic of Jewish teenagers experiencing World War II.

Congressman Richard Neal won a Democratic primary against challenger Tahirah Amatul-Wadud.
Frederick Gore / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Massachusetts Democratic U.S. Rep. Richard Neal defeated primary challenger Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, a Springfield attorney who hoped to become the first Muslim elected to Congress from Massachusetts.

Viv pushes Cass to call the police in Rachel Lynett's "Well Intentioned White People."
Barrington Stage Company

In her new show, "Well Intentioned White People," playwright Rachel Lynett continues the conversation about race in America. The play finishes its premiere run at Barrington Stage in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, this week.

Steve Zrike (right), superintendent of Holyoke Public Schools and host of a back-to-school carpool karaoke.
Screen Shot from YouTube / Holyoke Public Schools

The school superintendent in Holyoke, Massachusetts, went to humbling lengths to get students excited about the new academic year. Steve Zrike made a video, inspired by James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke.

A polling place in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, on primary election day in March 2016.
Dave Roback / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The Massachusetts primary is coming up on September 4. In addition to some big state races, we've got an eye on some hot primaries for the U.S. House and Senate.

Stevie Wonder performs in Austin, Texas, in 2011.
Thomas Hawk / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/thomashawk

For the first time ever, the influential and iconic Stevie Wonder will play Springfield, Massachusetts.

The Penderwicks At Last
Courtesy of Jeanne Birdsall / jeannebirdsall.com

Our back-to-school book series for younger readers begins with Northampton, Massachusetts, writer Jeanne Birdsall and her book, "The Penderwicks At Last."

A sidewalk scene in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Liz West / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/calliope

To say the arts are nice, but not necessary, negates some clear trends, according to the Massachusetts arts advocacy group MASSCreative. 

A Miami traffic jam.
B137 / Creative Commons

In most road-trip novels, characters walk or drive or sail as they look for answers to sometimes unanswerable questions.