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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Judge Merrick Garland meets with Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy in the Democrat's Washington, D.C. office.
Office of U.S. Senator Chris Murphy

Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy is continuing to call on his Republican colleagues to hold a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court justice nominee Merrick Garland after meeting with the judge Wednesday.

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito with Berkshire Innovation Center project manager Rod Jane.
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Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito toured a portion of Pittsfield Tuesday designated by the state as a transformative development area.

The federal courthouse in Springfield, Mass.
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After multiple court delays, the former police chief of Lee, Massachusetts on Tuesday was sentenced to 27 months in prison for extortion.

Adam Hinds, left, tours Shire City Herbals, makers of Fire Cider in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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A western Massachusetts state senate candidate released his economic development platform during a tour of area businesses Tuesday.

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito was in Pittsfield Tuesday.
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Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito was in Pittsfield Tuesday to sign agreements with a number of western Massachusetts communities. They are designed to improve how local governments operate and complete infrastructure projects.

The federal courthouse in Springfield, Mass.
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After multiple court delays, the former police chief of Lee, Massachusetts has been sentenced to 27 months in prison, two years of probation and $4,000 in restitution for extortion, according to The Berkshire Eagle.

Connecticut House Speaker Brendan Sharkey
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Following another contentious budget debate, House Speaker Brendan Sharkey announced he will not seek a ninth term in the Connecticut legislature.

 Work is already underway for the new Taconic High School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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City and state officials recently celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking of a new high school in Pittsfield. Planning for the school extended through three mayoral administrations.

Dr. Bill Thomas
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In 2010, the number of people aged 65 and over surpassed the amount of school age children in Berkshire County. Currently 20 percent of the county’s 131,000 residents are 65 or older and it’s projected that will rise to roughly 29 percent by 2020.

Work is already underway for the new Taconic High School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

City and state officials celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking of a new high school in Pittsfield Friday.

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 has a new superintendent.

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City and state officials are celebrating the ceremonial groundbreaking of a new high school in Pittsfield Friday afternoon.

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.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

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.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

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.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

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.

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