Kari Njiiri

All Things Considered Host, Reporter & Jazz Safari Host

Kari is a senior reporter and long-time host and producer of Jazz Safari, a musical journey through the jazz world and beyond, broadcast Saturday nights on New England Public Radio. Born in New York City, and raised in both Kenya and the U.S., Kari first arrived at NEPR as UMass Amherst student fascinated radio's ability to cross geographic and cultural boundaries. Since then, he has worked in several capacities at the station, from board operator and book-keeper, to production assistant and local host of NPR’s All Things Considered.

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Adolfo's Ristorante was raided by FBI agents on October 23, 2019.
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An FBI raid on an Italian restaurant in downtown Springfield last week has apparently shuttered the business for good. Adolfo's Ristorante was one of two establishments raided by federal agents and state police on October 23. 

At the New England Air Museum, a panel in the lobby exhibit about the 1979 tornado.
Kari Njiiri / NEPR

Forty years ago this month, the strongest tornado ever to hit Connecticut ripped through Windsor Locks and surrounding communities without warning. The F-4 storm occurred just before three o'clock in the afternoon on Wednesday, October 3rd, 1979.

A cigarette in an ashtray.
Niyantha Shekar / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/niyantha

All Veterans Administration health facilities nationwide will officially become smoke-free as of October 1. VA officials in Massachusetts, however, say the policy will not be strictly enforced — for now.

Courtney Williams of the Connecticut Sun.
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The WNBA semifinals get underway Tuesday night with the Connecticut Sun, who are the No. 2 seed, hosting the Los Angeles Sparks and a best-of-five series.

Tim Brennan.
Jerrey Roberts / The Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

The agency tasked with thinking big about transportatoin, environment and other challenges in the Pioneer Valley will soon undergo a leadership change. After more than four decades, Tim Brennan is retiring from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission at the end of September.