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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Former First Lady Laura Bush
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Former First Lady Laura Bush is scheduled to be in Stockbridge today to present an award at the Norman Rockwell Museum.

This is a picture of Dolly Parton
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Dolly Parton, one of country music’s all-time superstars, is kicking off the Tanglewood season with a concert Friday.

SABIC's Brenda Petell announced the donation at the Berkshire Museum.
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A company that is slated to close its Pittsfield facilities is giving $90,000 worth of supplies to Berkshire County schools for math and science efforts.

A sign outside the William Stanley Business Park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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After a couple of failed attempts, a developer is looking to bring a Walmart Supercenter to the former General Electric site in Pittsfield.

Opponents voiced their disapproval of the companies' requests at a Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities hearing Tuesday in Pittsfield.
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While activists are still celebrating the suspension of one major natural gas pipeline, they are also battling to stop another one in the Northeast.

Olivier Meslay is expected to start as director of The Clark Art Institute August 22.
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The Clark Art Institute has selected Olivier Meslay of the Dallas Museum of Art as its next director. Meslay has been working in the art world for 35 years and replaces Michael Conforti who retired last summer after nearly two decades leading The Clark.

The federal courthouse in Springfield, Mass.
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Former Lee, Massachusetts Police Chief Joseph Buffis was taken into federal custody Tuesday to start a 27-month sentence for extortion.

Olivier Meslay
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The Clark Art Institute has named a new director roughly a year after long-time leader Michael Conforti retired.

From left to right: U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, along with Rep. Elizabeth Esty address the shooting in Orlando.
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Political leaders in Massachusetts and Connecticut are reacting differently to this weekend’s shooting in Orlando, Florida.

Furey Hall, which used to be a cow barn, will be renovated into the Kevin Hirt Library and Learning Commons and the Kim and James Taylor Music and Performance Room.
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A new library and learning center at Berkshire Country Day School in Stockbridge is being named in honor of a former student.

The logo of University of Massachusetts Amherst
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The MassMutual Foundation has announced a $15 million grant to support the cybersecurity program at UMass Amherst over the next 10 years.

Some of the 100 pieces of art on display at the Southern Vermont Arts Center.
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An event Saturday at Southern Vermont Arts Center will mark the completion of a project to place artwork in patient rooms in every hospital in the state.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren
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Two people with knowledge of Elizabeth Warren's plans say the Massachusetts senator will formally endorse Hillary Clinton for president in the next week or two.

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With broadband internet increasingly becoming vital to economic and social wellbeing, areas of western Massachusetts remain without robust access. In the meantime, the state agency tasked with making the connections has undergone leadership changes and the regional cooperative committed to the cause has released a new plan.

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Like much of the country, western Massachusetts is dealing with a substantial increase in opioid and substance abuse. While traditional medical providers are looking at ways to address the issue, a nonprofit in North Adams is doing what it can to help people recover from addiction.

Rinaldo Del Gallo
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After flirting with a run for more than a month, Pittsfield lawyer Rinaldo Del Gallo is officially launching a campaign for state senate. He is running to represent the 52 communities in the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden district. Del Gallo has been vocal on a number of environmental issues in the area, including leading the charge for a Styrofoam ban in Pittsfield. The Democrat tells that the income inequality issues being raised by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders are shaping his platform.

The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market at the city's Common
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The city of Pittsfield is among a group of 26 communities recently awarded a grant designed to revitalize neighborhoods through healthy food-oriented efforts.

U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Bill Cassidy took part in the mental health summit Thursday.
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U.S. Senator Chris Murphy helped to convene a mental health summit today in support of bipartisan legislation he is sponsoring that’s aimed at addressing the issue.

This is a picture of a hospital bed
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and the leaders of both state legislative bodies have come to an agreement they hope avoids a ballot question calling for regulation of hospital payments.

The Berkshire United Way convened the group consisting of Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless, members of the Berkshire County Law Enforcement Task Force and two doctors for the forum at Berkshire Community College.
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As Massachusetts considers legalizing marijuana, medical and law enforcement leaders in Berkshire County met Wednesday to discuss the drug’s impacts.

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Members of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce and the Berkshire Visitors Bureau are meeting to vote on the merger of the two organizations into the region’s lead economic development agency.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy introducing Vice Presidnet Joe Biden.
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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy was among the state and local leaders who met in Washington Tuesday for a gun violence prevention conference.

The path of the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline
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Kinder Morgan formally withdrew its federal application for its Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline Monday after announcing in April that it was suspending work on the $3.3 billion project.

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer is joined by law enforcement, school and community leaders for a press conference in Pittsfield City Hall Monday.
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The mayor of Pittsfield and law enforcement leaders addressed a recent spate of gun incidents in the city Monday.

Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum's Hoosac Valley Service
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After roughly four years of planning followed by on-the-ground work, scenic rail is ready to run in Northern Berkshire County.

Bishop Rozanski and Rev. William Cyr tour the demolition site.
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Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski met with workers and reviewed the demolition of a North Adams church that has stood for more than 150 years Friday.

Pittsfield Police Department
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Pittsfield Police are investigating three shootings over less than 24 hours. Police have already made one arrest.

The Rose Garden at The Trustees of Reservations' Naumkeag in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
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Stewards of historic and treasured natural sites throughout Massachusetts, The Trustees of Reservations is celebrating its 125th anniversary with a series of events meant to engage the public and showcase its properties. WAMC spoke with Joanna Ballantine, the organization’s regional director for western Massachusetts, about the year’s events.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, left, presents the President's "E" Award to Jane Iredale and Bob Montgomery of Iredale Mineral Cosmetics.
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A Berkshire County-based makeup company was recently recognized by the federal government as a top exporter of goods. Iredale Mineral Cosmetics is headquarted on Church Street in Great Barrington and specializes in makeup that has skincare benefits. WAMC spoke with the company’s founder and president Jane Iredale about receiving the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington earlier this week.

The renovated Colegrove Park Elementary School in North Adams was unveiled in January 2016.
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For the first time in more than a decade, North Adams Public Schools will be led by a new superintendent. The district recently approved the appointment of Webster Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Malkas. Malkas lives in the Northern Berkshire County town of Clarksburg and has worked in Pittsfield Public Schools and at McCann Technical School in North Adams. WAMC spoke with Malkas about why shook took the job.

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