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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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, right, with Berkshire Mountain Distillers CEO Chris Weld in Sheffield.
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker this week marked a milestone in the construction of a Springfield factory designed to build rail cars for Boston’s transit system. But, the Republican says his administration is also reviewing rail expansion options in western Massachusetts.

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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is planning to give a presentation on her vision for America in Pittsfield Saturday.

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The town of Great Barrington is urging residents to sign up for its new emergency notification system.

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Former Vermont governor and presidential candidate Howard Dean will be in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Sunday for a talk on America’s future. The Democrat plans to discuss this year’s national elections and more. Dean, a Hillary Clinton supporter, spoke with WAMC about the generation of Americans born after 1980 and their influence on the country.

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Animal activists are praising a new Massachusetts law aimed at preventing animals from suffering or even dying when left in hot cars.

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Federal and state agricultural officials met in Connecticut Wednesday to discuss human and animal health concerns as agritourism grows.

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The North Adams Ambulance Service and a community organization are partnering to offer overdose reversal training.

As teachers, staff and students head back to school, a recent forum in Hartford featuring the U.S. Education Secretary discussed the role of diversity in education.

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Berkshire Health Systems is closing a walk-in clinic inside a Pittsfield grocery store in favor of a similar center elsewhere in the city.

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Adams, Massachusetts and surrounding communities are looking to capitalize on Mt. Greylock’s recently discovered role in the fictional world of Harry Potter.

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Musical and marital harmony are combining at Tanglewood this weekend.

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The state of Massachusetts has detected West Nile Virus in mosquitoes in Pittsfield. Action is being taken to limit the potential for human infection.

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An annual event that brings together cyclists and pilots in Great Barrington is being held Saturday.

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Area historians are gathering in North Adams tomorrow to commemorate the siege of a forgotten fort in hopes of preserving the outpost’s history.

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Two United States senators from opposite sides of the country are calling on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to release his tax returns. The staunch Democrats are also pushing legislation that would require it.

FLEXN is at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts through August 20.
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Two Berkshire County cultural institutions are bringing the tough topic of race to their stages and exploring the role art can have in social issues.

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The state is giving UMass Amherst $5 million to establish a public-private data science and cybersecurity research collaborative.

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Federal officials including those from the Department of Homeland Security recently held a discussion with state leaders from across the country to offer support in protecting election systems from cyberattacks and hacks. Connecticut’s Denise Merrill is the president of the National Association of Secretaries of State. The Democrat tells WAMC it would be extremely difficult and highly improbable to hack Connecticut’s election systems given the established security measures. Merrill also discussed how the state's election systems worked during August's primary elections and the state's new registrar certification program.

Glen Wiley received a liver transplant in 2015.
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Representatives from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles and the regional organ bank were in North Adams Tuesday to celebrate the RMV’s role in signing up donors.

A rendering of the affordable housing project at 100 Bridge St. Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
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A Great Barrington town board has approved a controversial affordable housing proposal on a brownfield site.

Democratic candidates (from left to right) Rinaldo Del Gallo, Adam Hinds and Andrea Harrington debate at Berkshire Community College.
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The three Democratic candidates running for an open western Massachusetts state senate seat met for their second debate in less than a week Thursday.

The Berkshire Brigades sponsored the debate between Mike Bloomberg and Tricia Farley-Bouvier at Berkshire Community College.
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Pittsfield State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier is facing a challenge in September’s Democratic primary. The two candidates debated on Thursday.

Supporters of the Community Preservation Act see the Springside House as one the properties in Pittsfield that could benefit from the program.
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In November, Pittsfield voters will decide whether the city joins a state preservation program utilized by more than 160 communities.

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On Friday, the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires is hosting a talk with journalist and author Joseph Berger about the experiences of Holocaust survivors who came to America.

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Members of Norman Rockwell's family have launched an online petition urging the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts to stop selling a biography of the illustrator they say is fraudulent.

A citizens group believes the Community Preservation Act could help preserve St. Mary the Morning Star Church on Tyler St. in Pittsfield.
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Come November, Pittsfield will vote on whether to enroll in a program designed to preserve historic buildings and promote restoration.

A rendering of the affordable housing project at 100 Bridge St. Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
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An affordable housing proposal on a brownfield site in Great Barrington, Massachusetts is facing opposition as a town board considers its approval.

Lauren Stevens holding his book "50 Hikes in the Berkshire Hills"
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For some people, hiking is all about discovering new places, but you need know where you’re going. Step-by-step, one hiker-turned-author has taken it upon himself to make sure those looking to escape in the Berkshires know where to go. And I went with him.

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Massachusetts has announced an upgrade and expansion of television and broadband internet service in the Berkshire County towns of Lanesborough, West Stockbridge and Hinsdale.

State Representative Smitty Pignatelli moderated Sunday's forum between (from left to right) Rinaldo Del Gallo, Andrea Harrington and Adam Hinds.
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The Democratic candidates running for an open western Massachusetts state senate seat met for a forum Sunday in Lenox.

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