Nancy Eve Cohen

Berkshire Reporter

Nancy Eve Cohen has worked in public radio for more than two decades.

She served as the environmental reporter for WNPR and the managing editor of the Northeast Environmental Hub. She has also covered breaking news including the shootings in Newtown and the tornado in Springfield for WBUR. For VPR she reported on the two-year recovery from the floods of Tropical Storm Irene in southern Vermont.

Early in her career, she was an editor at NPR in Washington DC.

Before radio, Nancy produced environmental documentaries for television. As part of a camera crew, she covered the war in Sarajevo, the early days of glasnost in Moscow, and in Cuba, a rare interview with Fidel Castro.

Nancy was named the Environmental Reporter of the Year by the Rivers Alliance of Connecticut. She contributed to VPR’s award-winning coverage of Tropical Storm Irene and Hurricane Sandy. Her work has garnered awards from American Women in Radio & Television, the CT Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Besides reporting, Nancy helps young people get started in the field. She has taught writing and journalism at Smith College, University of Hartford, UMass, Amherst and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

Ways to Connect

A warning sign posted by opponents to a proposed toxic waste disposal site in the woods, near the Housatonic River in the village of Housatonic, Massachusetts.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

The state of Massachusetts is choosing not to be part of a recently-launched mediation on the cleanup of the Housatonic River. But lawmakers from the Berkshires want the state involved.

A stretch of the Housatonic River that under an EPA proposal would be dredged to remove PCBs.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and General Electric Co. are funding a new approach to negotiating an agreement on the cleanup of the Housatonic River. Just last week, many of the stakeholders met with an independent mediator.

Jo Comerford, center, with Clare Higgins and Michael Aleo during an election night party.
JERREY ROBERTS / Daily Hampshire Gazette /

Jo Comerford, a write-in candidate, has won the Democratic primary for the Massachusetts Senate district covering the upper Pioneer valley. There’s been nothing typical about this race from the start.

Sun Gold cherry tomatoes in a garden in Florence, Massachusetts.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

A new study has confirmed a vegetarian diet does the least harm to the planet.

The $54.4 million Pope Francis Preparatory School at the intersection of Wendover and Surrey roads is complete and ready to welcome students.
Republican drone photo / Patrick Johnson / MassLive /

Even before the 2011 tornado battered Cathedral High School in Springfield, Massachusetts, enrollment in Catholic schools was shrinking. Now, a multi-million dollar high school is about to open. 

Farmer Norm Davenport in Shelburne, Massachusetts, can't find enough customers to purchase his hay.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

In recent years, milk prices have dropped. And dairy farms -- including some in western Massachusetts -- have sold off their cows. Some say their hay customers are disappearing along with the animals.

Longmeadow- Russell Dupere and his wife Tatiana are facing issues with the cement used in the foundation of their Ashford Road home. Here are deteriorating portions of the foundation
Don Treeger / MassLive /

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is considering a state budget that includes funding to test whether the foundations of some homes are contaminated with a mineral that causes serious damage.

Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Masslive /

Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Massachusetts, is opening a new inpatient rehabilitation service that provides therapy for children recovering from complex injuries.

Congressman Richard Neal in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Springfield Congressman Richard Neal is responding to President Trump's jab Thursday at Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. Trump brought up Warren's claim of Native American ancestry and challenged her to take a DNA test. 

futurefilmworks / Creative Commons

The state's Cannabis Control Commission has released the names of 11 companies that have applied to run marijuana businesses in nine communities in western Massachusetts. If licensed, the companies promise to bring tax revenue, jobs and other economic benefits to the cities and towns that host them.