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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After 17 seasons, the final credits are rolling for the Williamstown Film Festival. The nonprofit’s board of directors recently voted to close the Festival because of financial pressures, time constraints and the emergence of the affiliated Images Cinema as an event programmer.

After 17 seasons the Williamstown Film Festival is calling it quits. The nonprofit’s board of directors recently voted to close the Festival because of financial pressures, time constraints and the emergence of the affiliated Images Cinema as an event programmer.

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Congressman Richard Neal is spending much of Tuesday in the westernmost portion of his district. The Democrat will bring attention to Massachusetts’ heroin and opioid crisis.

Congressman Richard Neal meets with Great Barrington Fire Chief Charles Burger Monday.
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Congressman Richard Neal was in Great Barrington today to celebrate a federal grant upgrading the town’s firefighting equipment.

Congressman Richard Neal says he has been part of widespread opposition to a pipeline expansion project in southwestern Massachusetts that is currently on hold.

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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College is presenting a talk on the Federal Reserve’s response to the 2008 recession. Sandy Krieger spent more than 30 years at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Between 2008 and 2015 she was Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer and member of the Management Committee of the Bank. She retired in 2015 and does not speak on behalf of the Federal Reserve system. Krieger spoke with WAMC about what it was like inside the Federal Reserve during the recession.

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Pipeline opponents are holding rallies Saturday in southern Berkshire County against the proposed Connecticut Expansion Project. Susan Triolo is with the Sugar Shack Alliance, one of the lead organizers of Saturday’s rallies. She spoke with WAMC about the effort.

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The city of Pittsfield and a major area business are reviewing their options after a waste-to-energy facility announced plans to close next year.

Egremont Police Chief Tyler Race
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This week, the town of Egremont, Massachusetts appointed 27-year-old Tyler Race police chief. The six-year veteran takes over a department of about 10 full and part-time officers from retiring Chief Brian Shaw.

The weekend exhibit runs until September 4 at the Old Stone Store on Main Street in Sheffield, Massachusetts.
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Although it’s home to only about 3,000 people at last count, Sheffield, Massachusetts has the distinction of being the first incorporated town in Berkshire County. And area historians are boasting about a whole lot more.

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A Denver-based hospitality company is looking to buy and expand a landmark Berkshire County resort once owned by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

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.

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer
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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.

 A map of the Connecticut Expansion Project
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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?

A door to a Berkshire Bank branch
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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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