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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Williams College

Campuses have increasingly become ground zero for the battle over speech. And while the First Amendment protects freedom of speech, press, assembly, petition and religion from government infringement, it faces limitations at private schools like Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. In a November opinion piece published in The Washington Post, the college’s then-president, Adam Falk, responded to criticism mainly from Congressional Republicans to resign for not allowing a self-described white supremacist to speak on campus. WAMC’s JD Allen spoke with the college’s Interim President Tiku Majumder, who took over this month.


A Democrat running for Massachusetts governor plans to hold a town hall in Pittsfield Sunday on the opioid crisis. 

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Stockbridge, Massachusetts residents are considering a temporary ban on retail marijuana shops. 

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A capital bond bill is making its way through the Massachusetts legislature. It includes $4 million to redesign Pittsfield’s police station.

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The funeral for a Pittsfield, Massachusetts police officer is Friday. Local authorities are planning to give him a proper sendoff.

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An unusual program at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield hopes to document the stories of immigrants coming to western Massachusetts. 

The Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough, Massachusetts.
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The Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough, Massachusetts is losing another store. 

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North Adams, Massachusetts planners have approved an art museum devoted to man’s best friend. 

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts has approved tax incentives for a redevelopment project at a shuttered church property. 

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A murder in North Adams, Massachusetts last week was the first reported homicide of a transgender person in the country in 2018. 

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Stockbridge, Massachusetts planners want public input on a proposed 320-acre luxury resort redevelopment project that would require zoning bylaw changes. Neighbors say the plan will hurt the rural town’s quality of life.


The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee in western Massachusetts has ended its investigation into several sexual abuse claims dating back 40 years. 

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Amid contract negotiations set for today, unionized nurses are considering a second one-day strike at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. 

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts Mayor Linda Tyer delivered her second State of the City address Monday night. 

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The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission will take its draft regulations for how municipalities should handle the legal marijuana industry on the road. The commission is seeking public input from the Cape to the Berkshires.

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Unionized nurses are renewing calls for patient care improvements at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts as a contract standoff continues into its 16th month. 

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A North Adams, Massachusetts man was arraigned Monday on a murder charge. 

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Two candidates made campaign stops in Berkshire County Friday at a planning session for the region's Republican Party.

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North Adams, Massachusetts is putting together a working group to study retail pot. 

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This spring is the last chance to see the original Four Freedoms at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts – at least for a couple of years. Saturday marks the 75th anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt’s speech, which inspired Rockwell’s works. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Museum Director Laurie Norton Moffatt about the historic works’ upcoming tour.

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The number of Massachusetts residents with the flu has increased 44 percent since the end of December, according to the state Department of Public Health. 

A Pittsfield, Massachusetts man is facing charges for allegedly harassing an assistant Berkshire district attorney. 

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Massachusetts Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren are calling for federal regulators to act on the discharge of hazardous wastewater from a Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline test in Agawam. 

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A Lee, Massachusetts mill complex is one step closer to being redeveloped into affordable housing and retail space. 

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Savoy, Massachusetts has rescinded a decade-old wind power bylaw that allows for commercial wind power generation.

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State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier has endorsed fellow Democrat Jay Gonzalez for Massachusetts governor. 

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey expects to complete her investigation into the Berkshire Museum by the end of January.

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A winter snowstorm has engulfed much of the Northeast, and frigid temperatures are expected to follow this weekend. 


The corporate rate under the new federal tax law will save Eversource’s western Massachusetts subsidiary millions of dollars. What does it mean for local ratepayers?

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Connecticut is allocating $15 million to transit projects across the state.