|NEPR Hires New Berkshire County Reporter|
|01:20PM / Friday, September 14, 2018|
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Nancy Eve Cohen will cover Berkshire County for New England Public Radio.
Cohen 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."
Cohen has worked in public radio for more than two decades. She served as the environmental reporter for WNPR in Hartford and the managing editor of the Northeast Environmental Hub. She has covered breaking news, including the shootings in Newtown and the tornado in Springfield for WBUR in Boston. For VPR in Vermont, 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, D.C.
She recently served as the managing editor of BuildingGreen, a national journal on sustainable architecture and design.
Cohen began her journalism career in television, producing award-winning environmental documentaries. 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.
She has won journalism awards from Public Radio News Directors (PRNDI), American Women in Radio and Television, Connecticut Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. She 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.
Besides reporting, Nancy helps young people get started in the field. She teaches journalism at Smith College. Previously, she taught at the University of Hartford, UMass, Amherst and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
Adam Frenier, who has covered Berkshire County since 2015, is now based at the station's Springfield headquarters. In addition to his reporting duties, he is the local host of All Things Considered each Friday, and of the Friday segment and podcast The Short List.