Jim Levulis

Associate News Director

Born and raised in Eden, NY, Jim has been WAMC’s Associate News Director since October 2016. Before that he worked as WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief  for three years. 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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Mitchell Chester, Massachusetts’ Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education has died. The Boston Globe reports Chester, who had been battling cancer, died Monday night.

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In the absence of a complete spending plan, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is calling on state lawmakers to pass what the Democrat is calling a mini-budget. 

Beaver Meadow Falls
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The Adirondack 46 are staples of hiking in upstate New York. WAMC’s Jim Levulis summited one of the 4,000-footers and sent this report.

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The Massachusetts House is set to debate proposed changes to the voter-approved law that legalized recreational use of marijuana by adults.

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The White Mountains live up to their name well into spring. WAMC’s Jim Levulis hiked one of the range’s southern peaks and sent this report.

Bald Eagles Face Danger From Lead Poisoning

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The comeback of the American bald eagle is a success story across the Great Lakes region, and keeping them safe is a high priority for many environmental professionals.

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An Albany County court jury Wednesday afternoon found two former University at Albany students guilty of filing a false statement, but acquitted the pair of assault, attempted assault and harassment. 

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The 121st Boston Marathon will be run on April 17th. It’s considered one of the top international running events. In 2013 the world’s attention turned to the race as two bombs near the finish line killed three people and injured more than 260 others. A new documentary recounts the history of the Boston Marathon and the return of racers and spectators after the 2013 tragedy.

The trail marker near the summit of Bald Mountain
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The warmer temperatures and the calendar indicate spring has arrived, which for many in the region means hiking season is right around the bend. But, as I recently found out, the last vestiges of winter on are the mountaintops.

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Toxicologist Michael Gallo is speaking at the Armory at Sage College of Albany tonight about environmental contaminants and efforts to counteract chemical terrorism. 

A barge run aground in the Hudson River in Catskill Tuesday.
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A barge carrying 2.5 million gallons of gasoline has run aground in the Hudson River in Catskill. New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation says there are no spills or leaks. 

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The Massachusetts Broadband Institute recently gave preliminary approval to a proposal from Charter Communications to bring broadband internet to six underserved towns, three of which are in Berkshire County.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts is celebrating the 19th anniversary of its sister city relationship with Ballina, Ireland in County Mayo. As part of the celebration, town councillor Michael Loftus, who was recently elected mayor, is visiting the western Massachusetts city. 

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Police have charged three teenagers with murder in the Thursday morning shooting of 23 year-old Alexander Martuscello at his home in Amsterdam. 

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Nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center say they have filed six federal unfair labor practice charges against hospital owner Baystate Health. 

North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright
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Mayor Richard Alcombright delivered his State of the City address last night during a meeting of the North Adams City Council. The Democrat has held the corner office in the western Massachusetts city since 2010.

Edward Mero
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A city of Albany employee has been charged with killing his former roommate and another woman within two years of each other. 

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Tomorrow night, Williams College will launch its version of The Campus Kitchens Project. The private college in western Massachusetts will become the 60th school to join the nationwide nonprofit designed to decrease food waste and combat hunger. 

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The sixth annual 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival is running through this weekend in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Incorporating numerous cultural organizations, the festival features more than 50 music, theater, art, dance and fitness events organized by Pittsfield’s cultural development office and Barrington Stage Company.

New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik
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Some voters in New York’s vast 21st Congressional District are urging their Republican Representative Elise Stefanik to hold town hall meetings, but on WAMC’s Congressional Corner Thursday the congresswoman who has just started her second term tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that she prefers smaller, private meetings with constituents.

This is a picture of Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless
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The Berkshire District Attorney says there will be no criminal charges against a Pittsfield police officer who fired at a driver who fled a traffic stop and then drove at the officer. 

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Here at WAMC we wrapped up a record-setting one-day, one million dollar fund drive this week. But management at public radio and television stations across the country are uncertain about future funding from the federal government. President Trump’s administration is considering privatizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, an idea that has some support among majority House Republicans. 

Nurses at Berkshire Medical Center rally at the Pittsfield, MA hospital in December 2014.
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Update at 1:15 Thursday: The Massachusetts Nurses Association has canceled Thursday's rally due to the winter storm in Pittsfield.

Despite the winter storm, nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are planning a rally in Pittsfield today over what they say are unsafe staffing levels at the hospital. WAMC spoke with Amber VanBramer, a registered nurse at BMC who is a member of the bargaining committee for the Massachusetts Nurses Association at the hospital. The union represents all of the roughly 800 registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy
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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy's new budget plan calls for $1.5 billion in state employee givebacks over two years and shifts about $400 million in teacher pension costs to cities and towns from the state. The Democrat announced his two-year, $40.6 billion spending plan today before a joint session of the General Assembly in Hartford. 

Pipeline opponents rallied outside Berkshire Superior Court in Pittsfield, Massachusetts for a hearing on the land access in April 2016.
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On Monday representatives of the state of Massachusetts and Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company will meet in Berkshire Superior Court to discuss a proposed settlement for the Connecticut Expansion Project

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Efforts to bring broadband internet to underserved areas of rural, western Massachusetts have been ongoing for more than a decade. Now the regional cooperative WiredWest has a new proposal. It comes after Governor Charlie Baker’s administration shook up and reviewed the efforts of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute. 

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker says he will veto legislation calling for nearly $18 million in annual pay raises for top lawmakers, statewide elected officials and judges. 

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A Pittsfield man is in stable condition after being shot by a city police officer when he took officers on a chase throughout the western Massachusetts city. 

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker delivers his 2017 State of the Commonwealth address.
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The full transcript of Governor Charlie Baker's State of the Commonwealth address.

The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition named a new executive director at the end of 2016. Amber Besaw takes over for Adam Hinds, who is now representing the region in the Massachusetts State Senate.

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