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.

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Dalton has become the latest Western Massachusetts community to approve a ban on plastic bags. 

The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition announced its direction for the next fiscal year at its annual meeting Friday in Williamstown. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Executive Director Amber Besaw about what the region needs right now – especially in terms of leadership after North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright announced he will not seek a fifth term and the death of State Representative Gailanne Cariddi.

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National Endowment for the Arts Chairwoman Jane Chu toured the cultural district of downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts today to see and discuss how the city has grown its arts community. 

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Some 8,000 people are expected to make the pilgrimage to the three-day Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams this weekend — the first of the summer. 

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Massachusetts State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier will speak on Monday at The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires about helping people get involved in government. 

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The funeral for State Representative Gailanne Cariddi — who died of cancer over the weekend at 63 — was today in North Adams, Massachusetts. 

The Department of Veterans Affairs will host a town hall in Pittsfield tonight. 


Boston Conservatory at Berklee President Richard Ortner – who had a stint as Tanglewood’s administrator – will retire July 1st as the school turns 150 this year. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Ortner about his career preparing musicians for the 21st century and what’s next for him in the Berkshires.

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Voters in Egremont and Monterey, Massachusetts will try again to approve an unchanged regional school budget. 

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Connecticut’s drug overdose crisis isn’t slowing down. Elected officials are raising the alarm.


The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee will resubmit the same $19.2 million budget that was rejected by voters in Cheshire, Massachusetts last week. 

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State Senators Adam Hinds and Marc Pacheco hosted a session of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Future Tour in Pittsfield on Monday. 

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Great Barrington, Massachusetts is upgrading commercial and residential spaces downtown. 

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A new effort to cultivate the Berkshire farming and food-production economy has emerged in Great Barrington. 

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North Adams, Massachusetts will once again seek a state grant to build a splash park. 


Cheshire, Massachusetts is looking to expand its legislative body.

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A marijuana dispensary might be coming to West Stockbridge, Massachusetts. 

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Congressman Richard Neal visited Great Barrington, Williamstown and North Adams, Massachusetts Friday. The dean of the state delegation was in the Berkshires to make grant announcements.


Berkshire County is mourning the death of Gailanne Cariddi, a state representative from North Adams who died over the weekend at age 63. 

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State Senator Adam Hinds will host a session of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Future Tour in Pittsfield on Monday. 

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The 18 people arrested for blocking Kinder Morgan from expanding its gas pipeline project into Western Massachusetts will have their day in court this week. 

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Police in Dalton, Massachusetts will start carrying the overdose reversal drug Narcan as early as next week. 

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Gailanne Cariddi, a state representative from North Adams, has died.

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At a Town Hall board meeting last week, some Great Barrington residents showed they were concerned about plans to expand the town airport. 

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The Berkshire Chapter of the American Guild of Organists kicked off its 70th anniversary with an evening of silent films and music by a world-renowned organist visiting from Boston.

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Mount Greylock, the tallest mountain in Massachusetts, happens to be enchanted — at least according to author J.K. Rowling, who describes it as the location of the North American School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Amanda Zepka, the co-creator of the first MAGICon, which will celebrate all things Harry Potter this weekend in Adams, Massachusetts.

As the school year ends, construction continues on the new Mount Greylock Regional School building in Williamstown, Massachusetts. 


Special town meetings in Williamstown and Lanesborough, Massachusetts are scheduled for November as officials consider combining the four school committees that operate in the region. 

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Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer was the keynote speaker at the Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors’ annual conference today – where municipal leaders discussed how to create change in a difficult political climate. 

The Boston Symphony Orchestra is heading across the commonwealth to its summer home at Tanglewood. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Managing Director Mark Volpe about the summer season and why playing in the Berkshires is a special time of year for performers.