Jim Levulis

Berkshire Bureau Chief

Born and raised in Eden, NY, Jim has been WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief since July 2013. He previously worked as a reporter, producer and anchor at WAER, an NPR affiliate in Syracuse. He has experience in Top 40 radio and has spent time with NPR-affiliate WBFO and CBS-affiliate WIVB-TV, both in Buffalo. A loyal and constantly humbled New York Yankees and Buffalo sports fan, Jim holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism and History from Syracuse University.

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A New York State trooper has died after being hit by a vehicle while assisting the driver of a tractor trailer that had stopped in a median this morning in Wilton. 

A stretch of the Housatonic River under remediation.
Berkshire Environmental Action Team

The Environmental Protection Agency has made final modifications to its 13-year, $613 million cleanup plan for the Housatonic River. PCBs from General Electric’s now shuttered Pittsfield, Massachusetts facility have contaminated the waterway. EPA Region 1 Administrator Curt Spalding spoke with WAMC about the restoration effort.

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Starting next month the city of Pittsfield will begin installing parking meters in heavily-trafficked areas of downtown.

The entrance sign at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts
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Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is internationally known for its summer performance season, but the organization is looking to expand its influence year-round.

The Pittsfield City Council has tabled a resolution to oppose a statewide ballot initiative that would raise Massachusetts’ cap on charter schools.


The Pittsfield City Council has approved a $562,000 economic package to keep the city’s waste-to-energy facility open for four years.

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The Great Barrington Police Department has closed an investigation into an alleged racial incident at Monument Mountain Regional High School.

The department says two students got into an argument September 26th involving racist comments stemming from a varsity football player’s decision to kneel during the national anthem. Working with state and federal agencies, officers concluded the words did not amount to hate speech or a prosecutable offense.

Professional and amateur athletes have kneeled during the national anthem to protest police killings of African Americans.

Mark Tercek, The Nature Conservancy's President and CEO
The Nature Conservancy/Dave Lauridsen

The president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy is set to speak at Williams College tonight as part of the school’s yearlong focus on climate change. Mark Tercek graduated from Williams in 1979 and began a five-year term on the school’s board of trustees in July. Tercek spent 24 years as a managing director and partner with the investment firm Goldman Sachs before joining The Nature Conservancy in 2008. Tercek spoke with WAMC about the ways the organization is combating climate change.

Connecticut's Old State House in Hartford

Responsibility for the historic Old State House in downtown Hartford is returning to the General Assembly.

Paul Caiano

Newschnannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, October 7, 2016.

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This holiday weekend marks the 49th annual hike up Massachusetts’ highest peak known as the Greylock Ramble. But, this year’s event could be extra magical.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy addresses the plan at Yale University School of Medicine Thursday.
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The Connecticut Opioid Response Team and the state’s Alcohol and Drug Policy Council have supplied Governor Dannel Malloy’s administration with a plan to tackle Connecticut’s opioid crisis.

Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing
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Western Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing is endorsing his fellow Democrat who is running to replace him.


Pittsfield’s mayor has created a $562,000 economic package to keep the city’s waste to energy facility running for the next four years. City officials say closure would cost Pittsfield nearly $1 million a year.

Magic Fluke instruments come in various colors and designs.
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The ukulele might not be everyone’s first choice when it comes to instruments, but it has struck a chord with a western Massachusetts couple who have grown their business around it. And it’s no fluke.

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Connecticut’s U.S. senators are renewing their call for the creation of a federal green bank to grow clean energy and energy efficiency.

An example of electronic tolling

Pittsfield’s state representative is calling on the state transportation department to lower proposed rate changes associated with an upcoming switch to all-electronic tolling on the Massachusetts Turnpike.

Refugees, primarily from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, disembark on the island of Lesvos, Greece.
Ashley Gilbertson

A photographer who spent the past year covering the refugee crisis in Germany, Greece and the Balkans will detail what he saw during a talk at Williams College tonight. Working for UNICEF, Ashley Gilbertson spent time with people fleeing Syria and Afghanistan as they attempted to reach European nations and integrate into those societies. Some of his work was published in the New York Times. WAMC spoke with Gilbertson about his experience.

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Imagine hiking from one end of the Berkshires to the other without having to pitch a tent, boil water or go days without a shower. WAMC is on the trail of an organization looking to make that a reality.

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A foundation connected to illustrious filmmaker George Lucas is donating $1.5 million to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge.

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A foundation connected to illustrious filmmaker George Lucas is donating $1.5 million to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge.

An image of the virtual reality experience.
Valve Corporation: Courtesy of Williams College

Could a history lecture be enhanced by allowing students to virtually experience a moment in time? Faculty at Williams College in western Massachusetts think so and WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis went to find out how they intend to do it.

A CH-53K King Stallion helicopter

The Connecticut General Assembly has given final legislative approval to a $220 million agreement that will keep Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in the state to produce a new line of heavy cargo helicopters.

The Berkshire Medical Center North County Renal Dialysis Center opens Sept. 29.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Roughly 30 people in need of renal dialysis in northern Berkshire County will now have access to a facility nearby.

The 2016 ACEEE scorecard map.
Twitter: @ACEEEdc

Massachusetts has found itself atop a national energy efficiency scorecard for the sixth straight year. Several Northeast states also ranked near the top.

Hundreds of people turned out for the meeting Monday at the Berkshire Athenaeum.
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Hundreds of people turned out for a meeting Monday about bringing refugees, likely from Syria and Iraq, to Pittsfield.

The subdistrict ideas for Pittsfield's Tyler St. area.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Working with the state, Pittsfield continues to generate ideas to redevelop a neighborhood that borders the city’s once-thriving General Electric site.

Examples of BerkShares notes
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A local currency program in western Massachusetts is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Alice Maggio is the executive director of BerkShares Inc. based in Great Barrington.

The Mayflower II

The Massachusetts nonprofit that operates the deteriorating replica of the ship that the Pilgrims sailed to the New World has received a grant for much-needed repairs.

The logo for the 2016 Concert Across America To End Gun Violence
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More than 350 venues across the country will be hosting concerts on Sunday as part of the inaugural Concert Across America To End Gun Violence. One of the locations is Great Barrington in western Massachusetts. WAMC spoke with local organizer and anti-gun violence activist Elise Richman about the effort.

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