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.

The Berkshire Athenaeum has installed new STEAM learning kits to encourage children to explore educational programs.

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  The Berkshire Mall will lose yet another store, Eastern Mountain Sports. It’s the second announced closure in the Lanesborough, Massachusetts shopping outlet this week.

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The Berkshire County Education Task Force recently heard community concerns during a meeting at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. 

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Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy was among the Congressional Democrats to meet with the state’s Health Council in an uncertain time for healthcare.

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A contentious proposal to build a Walmart Supercenter in Pittsfield was abruptly tabled at last night’s city council meeting.

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Correction: This story originally reported that the attorney general was to testify in Springfield Wednesday. In fact, her office will offer testimony at the DPU hearing, not the attorney general herself.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey testified in Pittsfield Monday at a Department of Public Utilities hearing. Healey is challenging a request made by Eversource to raise its electricity rates next year. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen has more on how it will affect Western and Central Massachusetts customers.

Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty has met with her STEM Advisory Board to lay out the priorities for this year. Esty convened the board in 2015 in an effort to grow STEM training and industries.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says the state Department of Public Utilities needs to reset the balance between company profits and customer rates. 

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The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee in Massachusetts has finally passed its budget for next year on the third try.

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The Berkshire Mall will lose yet another store, Payless ShoeSource, marking the second closure in the Lanesborough, Massachusetts shopping outlet in less than a month.

The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee in Massachusetts will deliberate tonight how to keep all three of its school buildings open and add new positions – after failing twice before to approve its budget.


Residents in seven different towns want an architectural evaluation of a 56-year-old school in Dalton, Massachusetts.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey will testify tonight at a Department of Public Utilities Public Hearing in Pittsfield to challenge a request by Eversource to raise its electricity rates next year. 

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Berkshire Country Day School in Stockbridge, Massachusetts has raised $3.2 million from capital campaign contributions to fund the opening of a new library and learning center, and music performance hall. 

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Entries are now in for the 10th annual DownStreet Art project in North Adams. The jurors will start sifting through the applicants and commission 10 new community projects, performances and murals around the Western Massachusetts city. 

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Connecticut’s federal and state leaders want to introduce legislation to strengthen and expand Social Security. 

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The Hoosic River Revival has been awarded two grants for its South Branch Restoration Project in North Adams, Massachusetts. 

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Williams College hosted a climate change roundtable last night. The focus: to come up with strategies to better communicate climate science. Panelists say in a post-fact world, compassion speaks louder than truth.  

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A bipartisan group of 167 House Representatives has called for funds to strengthen criminal background checks. Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty says her state relies on it.

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President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal includes spending cuts for many programs and departments, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation. Minority Democrats in Washington and their counterparts in state capitals around the country have been assailing the planned cuts — and celebrating small victories. For example: During a recent committee hearing, Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty got an anti-climate science panel to agree that the country needs more science funding.

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The five leading cultural organizations in the northern Berkshires have teamed up to help drive awareness and increase economic development and tourism in Western Massachusetts.

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U.S. Senators from Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, have backed Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont in introducing legislation Monday to make public colleges and universities tuition free for working families.

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More than 120 House Representatives want the leaders of a House Veteran Affairs subcommittee to not cut federal funding to veteran suicide prevention and outreach programs. 

The woman accused of sending death threats to a man whose 6-year-old son was killed in the 2012 mass shooting at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, has been arrested after failing to show up in court.

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The NAACP Berkshire County Branch protested Friday against mass incarceration and for criminal justice reform in Pittsfield. It was in preparation for a larger discussion this week in Springfield. 

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Williams College will host a climate change roundtable next week to suss out how to communicate climate science in a post-fact world.

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Two dozen House Representatives have called for increasing federal funding to promote safe drinking water.

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The Berkshire Theatre Group in Pittsfield, Massachusetts has been awarded a $2,500 grant to help underwrite tickets for families and children in need.

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Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty introduced legislation Thursday to expand the current Veteran Affairs Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers to veterans of all service eras. 

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The NAACP Berkshire County Branch in Pittsfield, Massachusetts will protest against mass incarceration and for criminal justice reform on Friday afternoon. 

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