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 Attorney General Maura Healey speaks in Boston Monday.
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Adding its voice to what has become a national debate in the past few months, Massachusetts recently passed a public accommodations law guaranteeing equal protection for transgender people.

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From Baton Rouge to Minneapolis to Dallas, it has been a fraught week in the United States. Tonight, University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor Sut Jhally is speaking at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts about race relationships in America. Jhally is the founder and executive director of the Media Education Foundation. He is best known for producing and directing films on politics, violence and social issues. Jhally spoke with WAMC about how he thinks the election of Barack Obama affected racial identity in the United States.

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The Pittsfield Fire Department recently received a grant to carry the opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan.

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer
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Linda Tyer, a Democrat, recently completed the first six months of a four-year term as the mayor of Pittsfield. The former city clerk spoke with WAMC to discuss the state of Pittsfield and her priorities.

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In the wake of recent shootings involving police across the country, Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer tells WAMC Friday she has talked with the city’s police chief about engaging the community in a conversation about law enforcement’s relationship with the public.

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A controversial pipeline expansion project in southwestern Massachusetts has inched closer to reality with the granting of a federal permit. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection granted Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. a federal 401 Water Quality Certification for its Connecticut Expansion Project.

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The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams is hosting a talk tomorrow on how schools can best include transgender students in athletic programs. Pat Griffin is the founding director of Changing the Game: The Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network Sports Project.

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Berkshire Medical Center on Thursday will open a 30-bed long-term recovery unit for people suffering from opioid and substance abuse addiction in Pittsfield. It’s the only unit of its kind in Berkshire County.

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Later this month the Pittsfield Garden Tour will celebrate its 20th and final year. WAMC strolled through some of the gardens that have made the effort successful.

For the first time, the Berkshire Theatre Group is producing an Off-Broadway show in New York City. The Berkshire Theatre Group’s production of Fiorello! will run at The East 13th Street Theater from September 2 and to October 6.

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The City of Pittsfield says its water system violated a drinking water standard in June when a water control valve malfunctioned. An employee may face disciplinary action.

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The Norman Rockwell Museum is hosting a talk Thursday on how illustrations have impacted perceptions of race throughout history. University of Delaware Professor of Visual Communication Robyn Phillips-Pendleton will deliver the lecture at 5:30 in the Stockbridge museum.

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Connecticut's two U.S. senators say the $320,000 the state is receiving from the federal government to prepare for a potential Zika outbreak represents a fraction of what the state needs. Democrats Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal said Tuesday that Congress should pass legislation that authorizes President Obama's request for $1.9 billion to combat Zika.

The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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The CEO and publisher of New England Newspapers, which includes The Berkshire Eagle and three Vermont publications, has resigned. The decision comes about two months after area investors bought the company.

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Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons has decided to bow out of a prestigious German festival, leading to speculation that he could spend more time at Tanglewood than expected.

Rose Marie Mark rides the Berkshire Carousel in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Friday.
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Although it may sound like it, this is not a headline from the early 20th century: Hundreds of people turned out for the opening of a carousel in Pittsfield Friday. With much fanfare and a full house, the Berkshire Carousel started spinning its way into the history books.

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On Tuesday we learned that the Berkshires are now a part of the fictional world of Harry Potter. So why did author J.K. Rowling pick this region and what might it mean?

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Berkshire Bank is acquiring New Jersey-based First Choice Bank as part of a roughly $112 million transaction.

A courtroom drawing of Alexander Ciccolo, his attorney David Hoose and U.S. Magistrate Katherine Robertson from July 2015.
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The Adams, Massachusetts man arrested in what authorities say was a plot to carry out a terrorist attack has been charged with attempting to provide support to a foreign terrorist organization.

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A social media effort to showcase the stories and successes of young people has taken root in the Berkshires.

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Being in a hospital intensive care unit is unsettling to say the least. Commotion, alarms and PA systems are part of the chaos. So the sounds of a guitar would seem out of place…but are they? WAMC reports on a musician and a doctor who think just the opposite.

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The developer proposing to site a Walmart Supercenter at Pittsfield’s former General Electric facility held a community meeting on its plans Tuesday. Those attending shared a range of opinions.

Digitizing The Mount

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If cataloguing and scanning the 40 or so books and roughly 100 poems penned by famed writer Edith Wharton doesn’t seem tedious enough, how about flipping through the pages of her personal library? The total there — about 2,700 works. WAMC got a first-hand look at the effort to digitize Wharton’s collection.

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The North Adams City Council has backed a petition calling on Berkshire Health Systems to open an inpatient opioid detoxification center in the region.

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The Pittsfield City Council on Tuesday approved a $151 million operating budget, the first drafted by Mayor Linda Tyer.

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The Berkshires are now a part of the fictional world of Harry Potter thanks to author J.K. Rowling.The well-known author of the wizarding world on Tuesday released the second story in a series titled Magic in North America with a video on Pottermore.com.

The former North Adams Regional Hospital is now known as the North Adams Campus of Berkshire Medical Center.
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North Adams city councilors will consider a resolution tonight calling on Berkshire Health Systems to provide in-patient opioid detox beds in the region.

City and state officials cut the ribbon on Pittsfield's Woodlawn Avenue Bridge Monday.
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State and city officials celebrated the opening of a bridge connecting major routes into Pittsfield on Monday. The new Woodlawn Avenue Bridge cuts across the city’s former General Electric site, connecting East Street and Tyler Street.

A sign outside the William Stanley Business Park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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The development company looking to bring a Walmart Supercenter to Pittsfield’s former General Electric site is hosting a community meeting on their proposal Tuesday.

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer
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The Pittsfield City Council continues to meet this week to review Mayor Linda Tyer’s first budget.