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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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has denied several requests to halt Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut Pipeline Expansion Project in Massachusetts’ Otis State Forest. 

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A southern Berkshire County nonprofit will unveil a wall Saturday in Great Barrington dedicated to young people.

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Monterey, Massachusetts is pulling out of a four-town broadband agreement with the state. The town instead will work with a local company that is not supported by state funds to bring internet to residents. 

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Williamstown, Massachusetts has approved a special zoning permit for marijuana-related businesses in town. 

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The Berkshire County District Attorney’s office and local schools will be teaming up to bring drug abuse and prevention classes to students as young as 9. It’s in response to an uptick in the number of children abusing drugs in the region.

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Last year, Bennington College and Hoosick Falls High School students began researching their regions' similar PFOA contaminations in an effort to calm community concern. Their findings were discussed at a conference at Bennington College over the weekend that featured residents and lawmakers from both regions. 

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The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition discussed transportation system needs in the region during an economic forum Friday in North Adams. The challenge is upgrading aging transportation infrastructure to accommodate the aging population. 

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The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts is gearing up for its summer season with classics by Rockwell and a touch of something vibrant and animated. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down with spokesperson Jeremy Clowe to discuss the summer season.

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Connecticut U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal has joined a bipartisan effort to introduce a new infrastructure financing authority to help municipalities secure private funds for projects.

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As part of National Police Week, Pittsfield officers honored fellow law enforcement – past and present – from across Berkshire County on Thursday. The department then called on citizens for help. 

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Mount Everett Regional High School in southern Berkshire County has called on parents to attend an informational meeting to talk with regional trauma specialists about grief and depression. It’s in response to the controversial Netflix series “13 Reasons Why.” 

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The Pittsfield City Council will increase the number of downtown handicapped parking spaces.

According to a new study, Tanglewood is estimated to have a roughly $103 million economic impact on Western Massachusetts. 

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Small business owners celebrated the expansion of broadband internet with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker in West Stockbridge Tuesday. Baker says the state’s $1.6 million investment in the Last Mile of broadband connectivity has brought a lot of Western Massachusetts into the 21st century. 

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Stockbridge, Massachusetts has approved a new taxpayer funding method for infrastructure improvements at regional public schools. 

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Adams, Massachusetts has agreed to host a medical marijuana dispensary in town. 

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Lanesborough, Massachusetts has renewed plans to develop a solar array near Main Street. 

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The Pittsfield Board of Health is considering easing tobacco retailer certifications. 

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Barrington Stage Company is gearing up for its summer season with plays and musicals on its two stages. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Co-Founder and Artistic Director Julianne Boyd about the summer season at the stage company’s new headquarters in downtown Pittsfield.

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Pittsfield is going back to the drawing board to prepare its Community Development Block Grant plan for the next fiscal year. 

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North Adams kicked off its fourth annual Mayor’s Fitness Challenge on Friday, with hopes of reaching a common goal for health and wellness in the city. 

The Environmental Division of Vermont’s Superior Court has fined the Town of Bennington $15,000 for failing to maintain its wastewater treatment facility over the past several years. 

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Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer has released her proposed operating budget for next year. 

The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would offer pregnant women more protections in the workplace. 

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The Pittsfield Board of Health has approved Berkshire County’s Mosquito Control Project for the summer. It involves a new state process for properties opting out of treatment. 

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The City of North Adams is having a hard time attracting and retaining police officers. 

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It’s election season in southern Berkshire County. Here's a round up.

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Lee, Massachusetts is shutting down its local emergency dispatch center. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen recently sat down with Police Chief Jeffrey Roosa, who says Lee will switch to a countywide system instead.

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A plumbing system problem closed Berkshire Community College early Wednesday. 

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North Adams has adopted a new strategy to deal with the growing elderly population in the city. 

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