WAMC Northeast Report

Weekdays, 3:30PM - 4PM and 6PM - 6:30PM

Northeast Report and Northeast Report - Late Edition are two half hour magazines of news and information, aired every weekday from 3:30PM-4:00PM just before All Things Considered, and again from 6:05PM - 6:30PM just before Marketplace.

Northeast Report features reports from the award-winning WAMC News team, plus commentary, arts news and interviews, the latest weather forecast, and an afternoon business wrap-up. The program is hosted by WAMC Senior Correspondent Brian Shields who has been with WAMC for 25 years as senior news anchor, host and reporter. 

Political party logos
Donkey Hotey/Flickr

With Senator Bernie Sanders making a run at the White House and Governor Peter Shumlin not seeking another term, it’s been one of the busiest years yet in Green Mountain politics. This weekend, Vermont Republicans and Democrats will gather for their state party conventions.

As we finally are able to see the end of the road for the current presidential primaries—and as we look ahead to the upcoming presidential election campaign, it is an appropriate time to look back at the ways in which previous presidential campaigns have been executed, and recorded through the types of media then available throughout modern American history.  

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 20, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, May 20, 2016.


A conservative-leaning think tank and the University of Massachusetts clashed this week over admissions policy and capital expenses at the state’s land-grant public university system.

Bishop Rozanski and Rev. William Cyr tour the demolition site.
Jim Levulis

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.

Adirondacks Elk Lake Dix Mountain
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo finalized the largest Adirondack land acquisition by the state in 100 years.  The Boreas Ponds property must now be classified by the Adirondack Park Agency.  As the governor signed the documents,  a coalition of environmental groups released a report that finds lands designated wilderness are an economic driver for the Park.  But critics say the report is too limited and does not assess the variety of factors that affect the region’s economy. 

The industrial chemicals PFOA and PFOS have caused trouble for residents of communities like Hoosick Falls, Newburgh, Petersburgh, and Bennington. Federal officials have advised residents to stop drinking the contaminated water and state governments are still putting measures in place to deliver clean water to residents.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, left, presents the President's "E" Award to Jane Iredale and Bob Montgomery of Iredale Mineral Cosmetics.
Iredale Mineral Cosmetics

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.

Karen Magee: Walking For Farmworker Justice

May 19, 2016

Amid the turmoil of Vietnam and the civil rights movement, the great Elvis Presley once sang — as only the King could sing — about the need for tolerance and compassion in society.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 19, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, May 19, 2016.

Four community conversations on "implicit bias" are going to be held throughout Albany.

The renovated Colegrove Park Elementary School in North Adams was unveiled in January 2016.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

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.

Map of Remsen-Lake Placid travel corridor
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Governor Andrew Cuomo has approved a plan by the Departments of Conservation and Transportation to create a rail and trail corridor between Remsen and Lake Placid. But the plan remains controversial. Trail advocates praise the move, but there’s rancor from those who want the 119-mile rail corridor in the Adirondacks preserved.

Keith Strudler: Finding Jobs For Lawyers

May 18, 2016

I keep hearing about how there’s a glut of lawyers, and how people entering the profession can’t find jobs. I’m sure that’s true. But you’d never know it if you paid attention to international sporting events, where legal action seems as endemic as drug scandals. The two have converged in recent days as the US Justice Department is considering filing conspiracy and fraud charges against Russians involved with an exploding performance enhancing drug revelation involving Russian athletes largely around the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, where the home nation had strong interest and opportunity for artificially boosting their team’s accomplishment and resulting medal count. All this is coming to light as various Russian coaches and officials reveal what seems a wide spread and highly systematic program of doping athletes and cheating drug tests by replacing tainted samples with clean ones. It’s the big reveal of something most everyone suspected but couldn’t prove – that Russian athletes set the bar for chemically enhanced performance. That perhaps explains how Russian sports programs continued to thrive as the rest of the nation seemed to collapse around them. For those longing for the good old days of the Soviet Union, this might be just what the doctor ordered.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 18, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito with Berkshire Innovation Center project manager Rod Jane.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito toured a portion of Pittsfield Tuesday designated by the state as a transformative development area.


Massachusetts is the only state in the nation with a statewide bike week.  Hundreds of events are taking place this week from the Berkshires to Cape Cod where bicycling is highlighted as an alternative form of transportation. 

Cuomo: Not Defensive About Buffalo Billion Probe

May 17, 2016
Governor Andrew Cuomo at Elk Lake
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says a key vote on the next installment of the Buffalo Billion project is merely postponed, not canceled, and he denies that he’s feeling “defensive” about the widening federal probe of his administration’s economic development projects.

Institute of Advanced Manufacturing rendering
Clinton Community College

Business, education and community officials gathered at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh this afternoon to break ground on a new Institute of Advanced Manufacturing facility.

The Massachusetts legislature is expected to take an initial step tomorrow in enacting a so-called “millionaires’ tax.”  Advocates on both sides are stepping up their lobbying.

Pilgrim Holdings, LLC

The Albany Common Council voted Monday night to oppose the Pilgrim Pipeline project.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 17, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

Voters To Decide Fate Of NY School Budgets

May 16, 2016

The fate of New York’s school district budgets is in voter hands tomorrow. Voters will also pick Board of Education representatives.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

City officials, community partners and event sponsors revealed the new location and lineup for Albany’s signature free Alive at Five concert series at a press conference this morning.

Blair Horner: Another Albany Pol Bites The Dust

May 16, 2016

Some of the big news in state politics last week was the sentencing of former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.  Skelos, like the former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, was convicted of corruption.  Skelos was sentenced for five years in prison for his activities in shaking down businesses for often no-show jobs for his son.  A couple of weeks earlier, Silver received 12 years for his corrupt schemes that enriched him by millions of dollars.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 16, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers evening forecast for Monday, May 16, 2016.

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

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.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Two New York state lawmakers and the husband of a woman killed in a commuter train crash last year in Westchester County stood at the accident site today, calling for state transportation officials to undertake a study of rail crossings throughout New York.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 13, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, May 13, 2016.

Greg Haymes
Times Union

Nippertown's Greg Haymes is back with his May music selections.