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.


An entire ATM was reportedly stolen in Lenox, Massachusetts, puzzling state and local police investigators. 

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 Great Barrington, Massachusetts will begin work on several streets next spring.

North Adams, Massachusetts wants to borrow funds to review and upgrade the city’s water infrastructure.

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Candidates for mayor of North Adams, Massachusetts had until the close of business today to get their nomination signatures and papers to city hall to be certified. Mayor Richard Alcombright is not seeking a fifth term. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Peter Oleskiewicz, who submitted his papers today to run for mayor.

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 80th anniversary performance at its Tanglewood summer home in Lenox on Saturday was punctuated by a strange request from cellist Yo-Yo Ma. 

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts hosted a delegation from its Italian sister city on Friday in an effort to renew an international dialogue on tourism. 

The Conservation Fund will purchase 23,000 acres of working forestland in New York, Vermont and Massachusetts. 

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At least six relatives of Norman Rockwell have denounced the Berkshire Museum’s plan to put art on the auction block — including two works by the famed American illustrator — to fund an expansion and endowment. 

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The Massachusetts Commissioner of Agriculture toured three farms in Berkshire County Wednesday to see how the region’s farm-to-table community and economy have been growing. 

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Saturday marks the 80th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s first performance at Tanglewood, its summer home. Here's a preview of a theatrical adaptation of Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Stockbridge, Massachusetts has adopted a new alcohol policy.

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Democratic Congressman Richard Neal plans to hold a town hall event in Pittsfield in September. 

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Western Massachusetts residents and lawmakers are calling on state leaders to strengthen elder services in Berkshire County, where about half of the population is over the age of 65. 

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Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal toured a sterile manufacturing plant in Lee on Tuesday, whose owners made a plea for state help in attracting skilled workers to the region. 

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Last year, Jonathon Loy and Brian Garman brought Berkshire County’s opera scene back to life with a production of Madama Butterfly. It was the first full-scale opera production in the Berkshires in about a decade. WAMC’s JD Allen sat down with Loy and Garman to talk about the second season of the Berkshire Opera Festival.

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Western Massachusetts residents and lawmakers made it very clear at the state Department of Public Utilities’ public hearing Tuesday night in Pittsfield: Eversource’s proposed rate hike will not fly. 

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The Berkshire Women’s Political Caucus will head to northern Berkshire County for the first time on Wednesday. 

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Williamstown and Lanesborough, Massachusetts are scheduled to vote in November on whether to combine the four school committees that operate in the region.

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A Berkshire-based biotechnology entrepreneur has been accused of using investor funds – given for technologies to fight cancer – to pay his mortgage, write checks to family members and support his fiancée’s restaurants. 

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The Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School has received a grant from Harvard to collaborate and share data with traditional public schools in northern Berkshire County. 

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West Nile has been found in mosquitoes in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. 

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Now an update to a story we brought you last week: Criticism from national museum associations, cultural institutions, artists, and educators apparently won’t stop the Berkshire Museum’s plan to sell 40 objects in its collection to pay for an overhaul of the Pittsfield complex and an endowment fund.

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Massachusetts State Police arrested another 22 people for trespassing in Otis State Forest this weekend. The demonstrators are trying to block Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut pipeline expansion. 


The Massachusetts State Senate recently approved a measure by Senator Adam Hinds to expand a veterans tax write-off program through community service. It was an amendment to legislation by fellow Western Massachusetts Democrat State Representative Smitty Pignatelli of the 4th Berkshire District. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Pignatelli about how veterans and the community can benefit from the property tax program.

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The next Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities public hearing on Eversource’s proposed rate hike is set for Tuesday in Pittsfield. 

Four Berkshire communities will share $3.2 million in federal grants for home improvements. 

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Ever since November, Democrats have been eager for the next election. And with the Massachusetts Congressional delegation already all blue, Berkshire County Democrats are strategizing in an attempt to flip New York’s 19th  House district seat just across the border. 

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Although Democrats have an enrollment advantage throughout the county, a Republican says she can win the special election for the 1st Berkshire District seat left vacant by the June death of state Representative Gailanne Cariddi. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Christine Canning about her decision to run for the State House. 

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Berkshire Medical Center nurses authorized their union to give the hospital a 10-day strike notice Wednesday night amid a contract impasse. 

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The Massachusetts Veterans War Memorial Tower on the summit of Mount Greylock is now fully open.