Jim Levulis

Associate News Director

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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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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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Money in pant's pocket
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Boston-based Crane Currency announced plans Wednesday to open a banknote printing and customer experience center in the Mediterranean country of Malta. WAMC spoke with the company’s CEO about the announcement and the state of global paper currency.

A map of Berkshire Community College's main campus in Pittsfield.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Berkshire Community College held a forum about sexual assault on college campuses this week. It featured a panel of speakers involved in the issue regionally.

A rendering of Crane Currency Malta.
Crane Currency

Boston-based Crane Currency announced plans Wednesday to open a banknote printing and customer experience center in the southern European country of Malta.

The Masonic Temple on South St. is among the more than 25 buildings identified as endangered and of value to Pittsfield.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

The Pittsfield Historical Commission has identified more than 25 buildings with historic and community significance deemed to be endangered.

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The Pittsfield Fire Department is warning area residents of a possible scam in which the caller states they are raising funds for the department because they are underfunded and need help from the community. The Fire Department and its affiliation with the International Association of Fire Firefighters Local 2647 are not seeking any donations at this time, according to a department release Wednesday. The Department says the calls appear to come from the same telephone number; 857-305-6580.

Massachusetts State Police are investigating the alleged theft of evidence from the Lee Police Department.

A man charged in the fatal beating of another man inside an apartment at the Pittsfield Family YMCA Sunday has pleaded not guilty.

Brian Signor, 27 of Pittsfield, pleaded not guilty Monday to aggravated assault and battery, according to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office. Authorities say Signor assaulted 44-year-old Joseph Wirtes Sunday. Wirtes was taken to Berkshire Medical Center and was later pronounced dead. Signor may face further charges pending autopsy results. He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $50,000 cash bail.

Older workers and regional employment workers celebrate the proclamation at Pittsfield City Hall on Monday.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Mayors in Pittsfield and North Adams this week are recognizing older workers and the organizations that help them find jobs.

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Williams College and its museum of art are studying climate change through a variety of ways this academic year. It comes after a call by alumni, students and staff for the college to fully divest its endowment from fossil fuel companies.

The exhibition explores people's fear of shadows.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

You may have noticed the Halloween candy and decorations already creeping onto store shelves. Now, some rather spooky items have found their way out of the Berkshire Museum’s storage areas and into its exhibit halls.

MassDOT Highway Administrator Tom Tinlin speaking in Lenox Sept. 15.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation on Thursday held its final public hearing before a vote on adjusted turnpike rates associated with a switch to all electronic tolling.

One of the 3D printers at Taconic High School.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Berkshire Community College and area business leaders showed off cutting-edge technology on Thursday that they believe will grow the region’s innovation and manufacturing sectors.

Jennifer Trainer Thompson was announced as the next CEO of Hancock Shaker Village Wednesday.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

The new leader of Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield is someone who has been involved in the region’s cultural realm for quite some time.

The renovated Hawthorne Hall at Berkshire Community College is open for classes.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

The fall semesters for most colleges and universities are just under way and in Pittsfield, the area’s community college is undergoing major changes.

The Pittsfield Police station
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Pittsfield Police are looking for a man believed to have robbed the Credit Union of the Berkshires Tuesday. According to a department press release, witnesses reported that a man entered the Williams Street building around 12:30 p.m., brandished a weapon, demanded cash and made off with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect is described as a white male in his early forties with scruffy facial hair and dark curly hair. He is approximately 5’10” or 5’11” tall, 170 pounds and stocky.

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