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. 

Algae research sign
Vermont Small Business Accelerators, LLC

The city of Burlington has teamed with an engineering firm on a pilot project exploring a new way to reduce phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain.

Karen Magee: America Gets a Raise

Sep 29, 2016

America’s workers finally got a raise.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 29, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, September 29, 2016.

Cuomo Manages Fallout From Corruption Scandal

Sep 29, 2016
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo greets crowd of union workers after speech on raising  the minimum wage at a rally outside the State Capitol on Tuesday.
Karen Dewitt

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is distancing himself from the corruption scandal within his administration and placing the blame on others. But some say Cuomo might be better off making some changes instead.

The Berkshire Medical Center North County Renal Dialysis Center opens Sept. 29.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Roughly 30 people in need of renal dialysis in northern Berkshire County will now have access to a facility nearby.

A former president of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Dutchess County is one of 375 members of the National Academy of Sciences who has signed an open letter to draw attention to the perils of climate change. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Dr. William Schlesinger about why he thinks the letter is important.

Keith Strudler: The Sadness Of Death And Sports

Sep 28, 2016

Death is not a new story. It’s a news story, but not a new one. In fact, it’s one of the three things my grandfather told us we all had to do – the other two were being born and paying taxes, and apparently that third one is now up for debate. So perhaps Sunday’s somber sports news isn’t all that unique. That on Sunday, two prominent American sports figures passed away. First, we learned that Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez died during a late night boating accident. Then we heard that golfing legend Arnold Palmer passed away that same day, much more peacefully it seems. Hernandez was a promising young talent, all of 24 years old. He’s a two time all-star and won Rookie of the Year in 2013. In pure athletic terms he was likely reaching the peak of his career. From a fiscal perspective, the gravy train was nearly in his grasp. Hernandez was eligible for arbitration in 2017 and free agency two years later. And if his numbers stayed where they are, I’m sure he’d bank more than the $2.8 million he earns this season – and way more than the $651,000 he got last year. With all apologies if this sounds crass or insensitive – and it’s not meant to be – but Hernandez never was able to cash in on all his talent and hard work. If not for him, than perhaps for his first child that’s on the way.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 28, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening forecast for Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle with Franklin County Legislature Chair Billy Jones (left) and North Country Chamber CEO Garry Douglas (right)
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The North County Chamber of Commerce and two county legislatures hosted a visit by the New York state Assembly majority leader on Tuesday.  Democrat Joe Morelle was briefed on regional economic development strategies and projects and then toured the region’s transportation manufacturing facilities.


     Authorities have released composite sketches of a suspect in a 24-year-old western Massachusetts murder case. The images were not produced from the recollections of witnesses, but from an analysis of the DNA of the possible killer.

Hedley Project (artist's rendering).
First Columbia LLC

The Troy Industrial Development Agency Board met Friday and approved three projects for the "Hedley District."

Gov. Cuomo
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is making some changes to prevent any future bid-rigging in some of his major economic development projects. But critics on both the left and the right say the governor is failing to address the bigger picture, whether the $8.6 billion worth of  programs are an effective use of public monies.

Rally signs
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Pressure is mounting to release the body cam video of a deadly police shooting in Winooski, Vermont a week and a half ago. 

Stephen Gottlieb: Hillary

Sep 27, 2016

I’ve been traveling and so I’m playing catch up. But I was shocked at the reactions I heard to Hillary’s illness. I expected people to do what we do when most people get sick – wish her well and hope she can get over it quickly. What I heard was just grousing that she said she was fine.


       A noticeable change is occurring in the skyline of downtown Springfield, as construction work kicks into high gear on the MGM casino. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 27, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers evening weather forecast for Tuesday, September 27, 2016.

The 2016 ACEEE scorecard map.
Twitter: @ACEEEdc

Massachusetts has found itself atop a national energy efficiency scorecard for the sixth straight year. Several Northeast states also ranked near the top.

Courtesy of CPV Valley Energy Center

Corruption charges brought by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office last week against two former top aides to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and others involve a power plant project in the Hudson Valley. And it’s a topic in at least one state election as calls mount for an investigation into the plant’s permitting process.


   Ground was broken today for a future park in Springfield, Massachusetts that will be named for a slain U.S. Marine.

Blair Horner: Another Scandal Rocks The Capitol

Sep 26, 2016

Another week, another scandal.  Once again, it was U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara who brought the charges.  What’s different is that the focus of the investigation was the governor’s office, not the legislature. According to the U.S. Attorney, “It turns out the state Legislature does not have any kind of monopoly on crass corruption in New York.”

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 26, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, September 26, 2016.

The subdistrict ideas for Pittsfield's Tyler St. area.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Working with the state, Pittsfield continues to generate ideas to redevelop a neighborhood that borders the city’s once-thriving General Electric site.

Governor Cuomo
Governor Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke at Albright-Knox art museum in Buffalo on Friday, one day after nine people associated with  his administration were charged with corruption, and where he for the first time addressed the issue.

The presidential candidates have sent a spark into the free-trade wood pile.  Think softwood lumber—as “in the weeds” as it gets.

The logo for the 2016 Concert Across America To End Gun Violence
Facebook: Concert Across America

More than 350 venues across the country will be hosting concerts on Sunday as part of the inaugural Concert Across America To End Gun Violence. One of the locations is Great Barrington in western Massachusetts. WAMC spoke with local organizer and anti-gun violence activist Elise Richman about the effort.

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Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 23, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, September 23, 2016.


     Construction is under way on the last major rebuilding project stemming from the June 2011 tornado that tore through Springfield, Massachusetts.

Google Maps

If you live in downtown Troy or are visiting for a bite to eat, chances are you may have difficulty finding parking.

SUNY Polytechnic Institute President Alain Kaloyeros was arraigned in Albany City Court on Friday.
Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

Suspended SUNY Poly president Alain Kaloyeros made his first court appearance this morning.

Money in pant's pocket
Flickr/Mike Schmid

Boston-based Crane Currency announced plans Wednesday to open a banknote printing and customer experience center in the Mediterranean country of Malta. WAMC spoke with the company’s CEO about the announcement and the state of global paper currency.