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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The Springside House in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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Working in conjunction with the city, a group of Pittsfield-area residents are continuing to push the revitalization of a once-celebrated park.

The former North Adams Regional Hospital is now the Northern Berkshire campus of Berkshire Medical Center.
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Members of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition are in Minnesota to share their experiences of rebuilding the region’s healthcare system following the sudden closure of North Adams Regional Hospital in 2014.

Pipeline opponents rallied outside Berkshire Superior Court in Pittsfield, Massachusetts for a hearing on the land access in April.
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A Berkshire Superior Court judge this week granted Tennessee Gas Pipeline permission to access protected land in Massachusetts for a federally approved natural gas pipeline expansion.

The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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For the first time in more than 20 years, The Berkshire Eagle is under local ownership after four investors with ties to the region purchased the paper from Digital First Media. WAMC sat down with The Eagle’s new president Fred Rutberg.

The Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford
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Republican lawmakers in the Connecticut General Assembly are complaining that there's only been a partial release of budget bills ahead of a special legislative session.

Pipeline opponents rallied outside Berkshire Superior Court in Pittsfield, Massachusetts for a hearing on the land access in April.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

A Berkshire Superior Court judge has granted Tennessee Gas Pipeline permission to access protected land in Massachusetts for a federally approved natural gas pipeline expansion.

Reid Middle schoolers shovel dirt onto one of the 2,400 trees to be planted in Pittsfield.
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City and state officials recently celebrated a tree planting program in Pittsfield that is expected to add 2,400 trees throughout the city.

Members of the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board and its partners launch the North Adams Youth Summer Jobs Campaign in North Adams City Hall.
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Northern Berkshire public officials and the region’s employment board recently launched a campaign to get young people jobs this summer.

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer
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Pittsfield’s mayor is echoing a message from the city’s police chief that the community must be open about the existence of gangs in the wake of recent violence.

This is a picture of Shire City Sanctuary, a retro-fitted church
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An upcoming climate action and sustainability fair aims to unite Berkshire-area environmental activists, community members and businesses.

The glass-like surface of Stockbridge Bowl.
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A treasured pond in Stockbridge, Massachusetts is facing a number of environmental issues and a committed group of area residents want to make sure its picturesque existence remains.

This is a rendering of wayfaring signs North Adams unveiled in October 2015.
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Home to MASS MoCA and a number of studios and galleries, the city of North Adams is seeking a cultural district designation for its downtown.

This is flyer for MASS MoCA's Summer 2016 season
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A number of Northern Berkshire cultural organizations are previewing their upcoming summer seasons in North Adams Wednesday.

Williams College Museum of Art
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Two Berkshire County art museums recently received grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support their work, including examining and utilizing technology in the art world.

This is a picture of an Eagleton School sign
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Nine more former employees of the shuttered Berkshire County residential school for boys and men with developmental disabilities have been charged with abuse.

An author who detailed the story of a legitimate antique map dealer turned thief will discuss his book at Williams College today. Michael Blanding’s The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps tells the story of E. Forbes Smiley, who in 2006 was found guilty of stealing roughly 100 rare maps worth millions of dollars from libraries in New York, Boston, Chicago and at Harvard and Yale. Blanding, a 1995 Williams College graduate, spoke with WAMC about his book. 

This is a picture of a electricity meters
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Following the suspension of a proposed Northeast natural gas pipeline, environmental activists are shifting their focus to an energy plan being crafted by Massachusetts lawmakers.

This is picture of Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy
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U.S. Senator Chris Murphy is scheduled to speak at his alma mater Williams College on Monday.

This is a map highlighting Great Barrington, Massachusetts
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A 75-year-old man from Mount Washington, Massachusetts was killed when a train hit the vehicle he was driving in Great Barrington Thursday.

The Berkshire District Attorney’s office says Gary Cane died when his vehicle was struck by a Housatonic Railroad train at the Route 23 crossing near West Street around 12:30 Thursday afternoon.

Members of the Great Barrington Police and Fire Departments along with Massachusetts State Police are investigating the crash.

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The presidential primaries in Massachusetts may have wrapped up more than a month ago, but state Republicans still have a role to play in how the commonwealth will factor into choosing the GOP nominee.

This is a picture of Berkshire Medical Center's sign
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Like much of the country, western Massachusetts is dealing with a substantial increase in opioid and substance abuse that is taxing existing services. Now two area care providers are seeking to expand their capabilities to deal with the epidemic.

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In what’s being called a turning point, the presidential frontrunners in both parties claimed the majority of Tuesday’s five primaries including in Connecticut.

This is a picture of North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright
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The city of North Adams is marking May 1 to May 7 as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. The nationally-recognized week seeks to increase public knowledge of the challenges children and their families face.

This is a picture of Berkshire Medical Center's sign
Jim Levulis / WAMC

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health recently approved a 30-bed long-term recovery unit for people suffering from opioid and substance abuse addiction in Pittsfield. It will be the only unit of its kind in Berkshire County.

This is a picture of Dolly Parton
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Dolly Parton, one of country music’s all-time superstars, is launching her first major tour in more than 25 years. The first leg includes stops in the region.

This is a picture of a Berkshire Regional Transit Authority bus
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The regional transit authority is answering calls to shift a bus route in response to the closure of the Price Chopper grocery store in North Adams.

The North Adams School Committee is meeting tonight to discuss its two superintendent candidates.

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The Berkshire Eagle

Four New England newspapers including The Berkshire Eagle are being sold to local investors who plan to increase news coverage and community engagement. The sale also includes The Bennington Banner, The Brattleboro Reformer and The Manchester Journal.

This is a picture of the front page of The Berkshire Eagle
The Berkshire Eagle

Four New England newspapers including The Berkshire Eagle are being sold to local investors who plan to increase news coverage and community engagement.

Kinder Morgan

After roughly two years of work met by steady public and political opposition, energy company Kinder Morgan has suspended plans for a Northeast natural gas pipeline.

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