Press Releases

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. 

New England Public Radio is accepting nominations for the 2018 New England Public Radio Arts & Humanities Awards.

2018 will mark the 10th anniversary of the Arts & Humanities Award, which was established by the NEPR Foundation, Inc. in 2008 to recognize those who have made a positive impact on the arts and humanities and bring awareness to the critical role played by musicians, artists, dancers, writers, teachers and cultural institutions in western New England.

New England Public Radio has hired A. Rima Dael as the interim executive director of development and major gifts. Rima will supervise the station's ten person development team, including its underwriting and major gifts teams. She will officially assume her role at the station on December 18, 2017.

Carrie Healy and Heather Brandon
Joyce Skowyra / NEPR

Longtime New England Public Radio reporter and interim Morning Edition host Carrie Healy has been hired to anchor the morning news program on a full time basis. Heather Brandon also joined the NEPR newsroom in September. She is the station's first Digital News Editor.

New England Public Radio's newest podcast, In Contrast debuts today with a conversation on words and dictionaries with Peter Sokolowski, Editor-at-Large at Merriam Webster. Sokolowski is the author of many definitions for Merriam Webster. He's an active blogger and podcaster with lots to say on language, words and the place of dictionaries in our fast-paced world - the perfect guest to kick off this new podcast on culture in the making.