Naoko Funayama, formerly of WMUR-TV in Manchester, N.H., has been hired by NESN to replace Rob Simpson as Bruins reporter. Funayama will join Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley as NESN's on-air team. Kathryn Tappen will continue to host pre-game, intermission, and post-game coverage with a rotating team of analysts.
Funayama has been a NESN freelance contributor on Red Sox coverage. Funayama has spent the last four years with WMUR.