Vanessa Cerillo

Executive Director of Marketing and Communications

Born and raised in western Massachusetts, Vanessa was happy to return to the Valley in 2008 to work for her hometown public radio station.  The best parts of her job include working with the dozens of area nonprofits that the station collaborates with every year, and planning the station’s public events including live conversations with NPR reporters, News & Brews events at local breweries, Valley Voices Story Slams and the annual Arts & Humanities Awards Celebration. Her public radio heroes include Terry Gross, Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield at NPR’s On The Media, and the team at Invisibilia. Vanessa lives in Greenfield with her husband, two children, their three-legged Chihuahua, and four-legged cat.

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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.