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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Alford, Massachusetts is receiving $480,000 from the state for high-speed broadband internet. 

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Great Barrington, Massachusetts has approved a sewer rate hike. 

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Renovating the school in Clarksburg, Massachusetts may not cost as much as initially estimated. 

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Massachusetts isn’t holding a sales tax-free weekend this year, but that’s not stopping retailers in Lenox from trying to lure back-to-school shoppers. 

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A New Fairfield, Connecticut resident federal immigration officials told to leave the country later this month has been granted a stay of deportation. 


Newton Mayor Setti Warren, a Democratic hopeful for Massachusetts governor, made stops in the Berkshires this week. 

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The Massachusetts Nurses Association is opposing the state Attorney General's decision not to penalize the leaders of the shuttered North Adams Regional Hospital for failing to provide adequate public notice of their plan to close the facility in 2014. 

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Starting in Hancock, Massachusetts, veterans began marching across the state today to bring awareness to a difficult issue: suicide among vets.

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The 7th annual Berkshire Bike-N-Fly fair kicks off Saturday in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. 

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Neighbors of the historic Elm Court property in Lenox will appeal the Massachusetts Land Court’s decision to uphold a special permit granted to build a $50 million resort. 

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More mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been found in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. 

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The 21st annual Downtown Celebration in North Adams, Massachusetts is under way at this hour. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with the city’s Director of Community Events Suzy Helme about what she calls age-friendly festivities.   

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About 50 people Tuesday recognized the 75th anniversary of the plane crash that killed 16 U.S. Air Force paratroopers in Peru, Massachusetts. 

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Starting in Hancock on Thursday, Massachusetts veterans will march across the state to bring awareness to suicide among vets. 

The attorney for the former police chief of Lee, Massachusetts — who was convicted of extortion in May 2016 — says he will file an appeal to the Supreme Court. 


Williamstown, Massachusetts is weighing its options to ban recreational marijuana, which is now legal statewide. 

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A small plane that took off from Great Barrington, Massachusetts on Sunday crashed in Salisbury, Connecticut. 

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The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission will hold a workshop in Lenox, Massachusetts to teach political leaders about recreational marijuana, which is now legal statewide

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It’s a five-way race for mayor of North Adams, Massachusetts. The preliminary election is in September.

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The director of the Norman Rockwell Museum is defending the Berkshire Museum’s board of trustees – despite coming out against that museum’s plan to sell two Rockwell works to fund an expansion and endowment plan. 

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Entrepreneurs made their pitch on Friday at Demo Day at LEVER —  a business incubator in North Adams, Massachusetts that aims to support local economic development.  

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Artists and educators have been protesting the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts today. They are trying to halt the auction of 40 objects in the collection to pay for an overhaul of the museum and an endowment fund. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with protestor Ed Pelkey about the group’s criticism of the Berkshire Museum.

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The Massachusetts Attorney General's office says the leaders of the shuttered North Adams Regional Hospital will not face penalties for failing to provide adequate public notice of their plan to close the facility in 2014. The call to reestablish a full-service hospital in North County have continued.

Berkshire Playwrights Lab

Settling into its new home at Saint James Place in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the Berkshire Playwrights Lab is celebrating a decade of original plays. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down with Co-Artistic Director Joe Cacaci and James Anthony Tyler. Tyler is the playwright of “Some Old Black Man”– the group’s first full production at Saint James Place.  Tyler explains what it’s all about.

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After 12 years, IS183 Art School of the Berkshires Executive Director Hope Sullivan is stepping down. Her last day on the job is Friday. She’ll be moving north to head the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center Foundation in Stowe, Vermont. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down with Sullivan and Lucie Castaldo, Sullivan’s former student who’s now interim director.

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Connecticut lawmakers are rallying behind a New Fairfield resident whom federal immigration officials have told to leave the country. 


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission could soon reconsider a controversial pipeline expansion in Western Massachusetts.

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The owners of the Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough, Massachusetts are facing a civil suit from contracted employees. 

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The non-profit Berkshire Children and Families has provided Western Massachusetts residents with adoption and family services for 130 years. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with the group’s new president and CEO, Colleen White Holmes, about her first week on the job.

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Another 10 people have been arrested by Massachusetts State Police for trespassing in Otis State Forest Wednesday. The demonstrators are trying to block Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut pipeline expansion.