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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A bottle of Narcan or naloxone
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Earlier this month police officers and firefighters in North Adams started carrying the opioid overdose reversal drug known as Narcan. They’ve already had to use the kits multiple times.

Brad Lande, CEO of Live in the Grey, speaks to Berkshire employers at the Colonial Theatre.
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Like in many parts of the Northeast, businesses in the Berkshires are trying to reverse the trend of millennials leaving the region. A recent conference asked employers to take a fresh look at how they view the generation.

Television screens playing the videos on a loop are scattered amongst the pews inside Thompson Chapel on the Williams College campus. Multiple recorded voices and a constant drum of music echo throughout the chapel.
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A moving exhibition now on display at Williams College recalls the atrocities of apartheid in South Africa.

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With its large gallery spaces, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams has made a name for itself with enormous art displays since its 1999 founding. But it has increasingly been focused on the performing arts of late.

This is the logo of Council 4 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
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Connecticut state employee unions are running television, radio and online ads hoping to stop layoff notices that Governor Dannel Malloy’s administration is handing out to close a budget deficit.

Connecticut's state flag
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Connecticut public health and law enforcement departments this week are testing how the state responds to situations such as an infectious disease outbreak that require extensive coordination between local, state and federal agencies. Run by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the exercise includes the Centers for Disease Control, hospitals and volunteers.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signs the solar legislation into law.
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Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation today ending a year-long standstill of solar projects in Massachusetts. But, the issue could be popping up soon again. 

As the April 19th New York Primary approaches the Albany area has become a campaign stop for the candidates.

Ohio Governor John Kasich is scheduled to meet with Republican state lawmakers Monday morning, before heading to Troy for a rally at the La Salle Institute. The Republican will then go to Saratoga Springs for a late afternoon gathering at the Saratoga City Center.

This is a picture of a solar panel
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A bill designed to continue encouraging homeowners, municipalities and others to increase the use of solar power in Massachusetts is awaiting Republican Governor Charlie Baker's signature. The state legislature gave final approval to the compromise bill Thursday.

Former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank
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Former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank is scheduled to speak at Williams College Sunday night. Having spent more than three decades in Congress, he is well-known for his blunt talk and for being the first sitting member of Congress to voluntarily announce that he is gay. The Democrat retired from the House in 2013.

This is a picture of an Eagleton School sign
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An embattled Berkshire County residential school for males with developmental disabilities that is facing allegations of abuse and attempts to cover up wrongdoing will close later this month.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
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Massachusetts law enforcement officials are highlighting the ills and dangers of human trafficking in an attempt to root out the practice.

Massachusetts Higher Education Commissioner Carlos Santiago, on the right, speaks with reporters following a meeting with MCLA President Jaimie Birge.
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The state’s Higher Education Commissioner visited Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Thursday to meet with the school’s new president and others at the North Adams campus.

A rendering of the Lenox Manor Hotel and Event Center
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A Berkshire lodging operator is proposing a 100-room hotel highlighted by a large event center for Lenox.

This is a picture of a solar panel
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Massachusetts lawmakers are debating a compromise bill that would raise the solar net metering cap and cut reimbursement rates for large, private projects.

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Republican Christine Canning recently announced her bid for a western Massachusetts state senate seat. Democrat Ben Downing said in January that he is retiring after 10 years representing the Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden district.

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A Pittsfield man being held in connection with a string of robberies has been charged with calling in bomb threats moments before a January robbery.

This is a picture of the book Facebook: Dancing with the Devil in the City of God: Rio de Janeiro on the Brink
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The opening ceremonies for the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are four months away. While preparations continue with international eyes on the country, Brazil is facing numerous issues such as the potential impeachment of its president. Brazilian-born journalist Juliana Barbassa details how the country is gearing up for the games amid an economic recession and corruption allegations in her book Dancing With the Devil in the City of God. Barbassa will be at Williams College tonight to talk about the book and her experiences reporting in Brazil.

This is a picture of the Live Out Loud Community Conference flyer
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An annual community conference focusing on the LGBTQ community takes place Saturday in Pittsfield.

This is a picture of the interior of the Massachusetts State House.
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Two more potential contenders for a western Massachusetts senate seat have emerged.

The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market at the city's Common
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With spring upon us, a handful of area farmers markets and gardening groups are in the running for grants to help them expand their programs.

This is the seal of the U.S. Deparment of Justice
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The owner and manager of the Berkshire Power Plant in Agawam have agreed to plead guilty to tampering with emissions equipment and submitting false information to regulators. The companies have agreed to pay $8.5 million in penalties.

This is a picture of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities hearing at Berkshire Community College.
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State utility regulators on Tuesday got an earful from people looking to block land surveying in connection to a proposed pipeline in western Massachusetts.

Former Vice President Al Gore joins a group of state attorneys general Tuesday in announcing a coalition aimed at combating climate change. Top: New York AG Eric Schneiderman speaking. Bottom: Former Vice President Al Gore speaking
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Former Vice President Al Gore joined a number of state attorneys general Tuesday in announcing a coalition aimed at combating climate change.

This is a picture of a 46 pound, 3-foot tall wooden book house.
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The Berkshire United Way is working to place a number of book houses across the county in hopes of improving childhood literacy.

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Dr. Robert Ballard, best known for discovering the Titanic, will be speaking at Hamilton College in Central New York Wednesday. The retired Navy officer has spent more than five decades working on underwater research and analyzing shipwrecks.

This is a picture of Denny Alsop working on his canoe
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The member of the Housatonic River Initiative who is canoeing his way across Massachusetts to raise awareness of the importance of clean water is expected to arrive in Pittsfield Monday.

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It’s been roughly two years since North Adams Regional Hospital closed and its parent company declared bankruptcy. The move shocked the region and put more than 500 people out of work. Though medical services have returned to the campus, but some in the community still insist they need a full-service hospital.

The rock band Kansas is performing at Pittsfield's Colonial Theatre Saturday. From left to right is Richard Williams, Billy Greer, David Ragsdale, Ronnie Platt, Phil Ehart, and David Manion
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With hits like “Carry On My Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind,” the band Kansas has spent more than four decades as a pillar of rock music. On the verge of releasing its first studio album since 2000, the band will perform at Pittsfield’s Colonial Theatre Saturday night.

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced two acts that will open and close the 2016 Tanglewood season.

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