JD Allen

Berkshire Bureau Chief

Born and raised in Huntington, NY, JD has been WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief since March 2017. Before he joined WAMC, he reported for WSHU, an NPR affiliate that covers Connecticut and Long Island. JD has experience writing about healthcare and small businesses working with Long Island Business News weekly newspaper. He also hosted, produced and engineered award-winning programs at community radio station, WUSB Stony Brook. An avid fencer in his free time, JD holds a BA in Journalism and Sociology from Stony Brook University. He is now pursuing a MS in Communications from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

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An economic development agency in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is committing more funding to help the Berkshire Innovation Center open. 

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MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts has announced its performance lineup and art exhibitions through May. 

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An appeals court judge in Boston has extended an injunction halting the sale of art by the Berkshire Museum until the end of January. 

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The studio residency program at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts is accepting applications from Puerto Rican artists affected by Hurricane Maria. 

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is disputing a report by the state auditor that concluded the state Department of Children and Families failed to report crimes against children to police. Baker, a Republican, said the report is irresponsible and relied on old data. The auditor, Democrat Suzanne Bump, says the governor is in denial. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, a Pittsfield Democrat, who says it’s time for Baker to step up.

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Lee, Massachusetts voters will decide at a special town meeting in January where to site a medical marijuana dispensary. 

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The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office has fired back at the Berkshire Museum, which calls the inquiry into the museum’s planned art sale meritless. 

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Farms in Berkshire County make up nearly 12 percent of all farmland in Massachusetts – which makes the farm-to-table movement a big deal for the regional economy. Area farmers are calling for something they say is glaringly missing – a slaughterhouse.

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The Berkshire Museum says the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office request to extend its inquiry into the Pittsfield museum’s controversial art sale is without merit. 

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Several town plow trucks were destroyed Sunday morning in a fire in Sandisfield, Massachusetts. A state Department of Public Works office in the area will handle plowing during tonight’s anticipated winter storm — and for the near future. 

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Children can have a range of experiences in foster care. Legislation proposed this week in the Massachusetts House would require the state to search for every possible family member with whom a child could be placed before entering the foster care system. 

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The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office wants more time to investigate the Berkshire Museum’s controversial art sale. 

Savoy, Massachusetts was one of the first towns in Berkshire County to approve a wind power bylaw a decade ago. The town is considering rescinding it.

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Lenox, Massachusetts has approved a lower tax rate for next year. But taxes are still going up.

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Williamstown, Massachusetts has reimagined its town hall with the help of a Williams College student with an eye for detail. 

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Great Barrington, Massachusetts has received state funds allocated from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help prevent water pollution. 

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A working group has been brainstorming ideas about how to establish seasonal weekend passenger rail service from the Berkshires to New York City. Reestablishing the long-dormant route has been a talking point for residents and public officials alike for many years. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Eddie Sporn, a consultant for the Berkshire Flyer Working Group.

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Twelve protestors arrested for trying to stop Kinder Morgan’s natural gas pipeline expansion into Western Massachusetts are due in court Thursday on criminal charges. 

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Currency titan Crane & Co., headquartered in Boston, is being sold for $800 million to a Connecticut company with a similar name. The company has strong ties to the Berkshires.

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An elementary school in Egremont, Massachusetts will reopen in September after a yearlong hiatus. 

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The Berkshire Museum is renewing calls for a trial at a lower court in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to settle the legal battle over its art controversial sale. The museum wants to sell off art from its collection to fund an endowment and expansion.

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In a highly-anticipated move, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities made cuts to Eversource’s proposed electricity rate hike last week. The DPU decreased Western Massachusetts Electric Company’s request for $34.7 million by 30 percent. Western Massachusetts Electric Company is an Eversource subsidiary. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with attorney Kevin Conroy, of Foley Hoag in Boston. Conroy says the rate hike will disproportionally impact Western Massachusetts’ 209,000 ratepayers.

Although the town has approved a lower tax rate, bills will still be going up for property owners in Clarksburg, Massachusetts. 

A new report says there has been a decrease in serious traffic collisions in Berkshire County. 

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The Metropolitan Opera has suspended conductor James Levine after reports over the weekend detailed multiple allegations of sexual misconduct dating to the 1980s. The Boston Symphony Orchestra says it received no complaints during Levine’s time as music director.

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Renowned environmentalist Sandra Steingraber is expected to speak at Lenox Memorial High School in western Massachusetts at 5 p.m. Saturday about how PCBs, fracked gas and pipelines impact the environment and human health. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Steingraber, a biologist and author, about some of the region’s major environmental problems. 

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts is awaiting the results of a study organized by the National Resource Network nonprofit on city efficiency. 

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The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office is hosting a vigil this weekend to draw attention to the dangers of drunk driving. 

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities is set to announce its decision on Eversource’s electricity rate hike by the end of today. 

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A writers’ fellowship is gearing up for its second year in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in hopes of drawing attention to the city’s rich literary history. 

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