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. 


Rallies, marches, and vigils continue in the region following the deaths last week of two black men at the hands of police officers and the lone gunman attack that killed five police officers in Dallas. A Black Lives Matter rally in Springfield, Massachusetts Monday included a U.S. presidential candidate.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

A national debate about the relationship between police and citizens has been raging in recent days. Now, an event featuring Albany police advising young people about interactions with the cops has gotten mixed response on social media. 

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey speaks in Boston Monday.
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Adding its voice to what has become a national debate in the past few months, Massachusetts recently passed a public accommodations law guaranteeing equal protection for transgender people.

Campaigns matter.  When candidates commit to a policy objective, there is a good chance, although no guarantee, that it will be taken up.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jul 11, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, July 11, 2016.


With the MGM Springfield casino a little more than two years away from opening its doors, programs are being set up to train the local workforce in western Massachusetts to fill the thousands of new jobs at the resort casino.


Under new policies that went into effect this month, thousands more low-income New Yorkers are now eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits.

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In April 2014, the Vermont Legislature required the Vermont Public Service Board establish a revised net-metering program for consumers using renewable energy.  Since November of that year the Board has been gathering input and drafting rules.  The revisions, released at the beginning of this month, are raising concerns from environmental and energy advocates in Vermont.

Sen. Gillibrand in Hoosick Falls Friday.
Lucas Willard

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Hoosick Falls, New York Friday to hear from families affected by chemically-contaminated water.

Greg Haymes
Times Union

WAMC's Ian Pickus gets the July music picks from Nippertown's Greg Haymes.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Just before the major party conventions, there’s a new poll out from the Siena Research Institute. But if you’re ready for a break from politics, you’re not alone. This poll is about New Yorkers and their summer plans.


The U.S. Senate resumed debate today on GMO legislation that would preempt Vermont’s newly effective labeling law.

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A western Massachusetts man was formally arraigned Thursday on terrorism charges.

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A controversial pipeline expansion project in southwestern Massachusetts has inched closer to reality with the granting of a federal permit. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection granted Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. a federal 401 Water Quality Certification for its Connecticut Expansion Project.

About a month ago, a full-page story appeared in the Sunday travel section of the New York Times.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jul 7, 2016

  Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, June 7, 2016.

FEMA app Main Menu

Summer is here, with hazy, hot and humid days that can give way to dangerous storms. It’s also hurricane season — and as the Northeast has learned in the past several years, we’re not immune.   FEMA is helping people prepare for severe weather with a new smartphone app.

Governor Cuomo announces revitalization grant in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Plattsburgh today to announce that the city has been awarded $10 million in downtown revitalization funds.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Later this month the Pittsfield Garden Tour will celebrate its 20th and final year. WAMC strolled through some of the gardens that have made the effort successful.

Cuomo Downplays Low Job Numbers In Start-Up Report

Jul 6, 2016
Gov. Cuomo in Plattsburgh Wednesday.
Pat Bradley

One of the centerpieces of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s economic development plans has created just a small number of jobs so far, but the governor is urging patience.

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      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation would be required to conduct a feasibility study on high-speed passenger rail service between Springfield and Boston under an amendment to the state budget that was passed unanimously by the legislature.

Keith Strudler: Durant’s Heel Turn

Jul 6, 2016

In professional wrestling, the term “heel” refers to the bad guy. The guy who plays dirty and usually hits someone with a chair. The “face,” or “baby face,” is the good guy, the hero. He’s the one we all cheer for and always does the right thing, at least by professional wrestling standards. Perhaps the most dramatic moment in the sport – and yes, I know it’s fake – is when a good guy, a “face,” turns into a bad guy. It’s called a “heel turn,” and it’s as predictable as an episode of Bar Rescue. Hulk Hogan did it, Stone Cold Steve Austin did it. If you’ve been in the square circle long enough, chances are you went from good to bad. And perhaps back again.

Jason Caterina's Evening Forecast

Jul 6, 2016

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the evening weather forecast Wednesday, July 6, 2016.


A new law that took effect Friday in Vermont led to lawsuits attempting to stop its implementation and pending legislation in Congress intending to invalidate efforts to create a GMO labeling statute.


A commemorative cross-country trip that is bringing attention to two early pioneers of the women’s rights movement is starting out from western Massachusetts.

More than 50 people will leave Springfield Wednesday morning on motorcycles for a trip to San Francisco to recall the journey made by two sisters from Brooklyn, NY 100 years ago this summer. In 1916, Adeline and Augusta Van Buren became the first women to cross the continental United States solo on motorcycles. 

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Jul 5, 2016

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Midday forecast:

The Vermont Attorney General’s office and state Human Rights Commission have issued a report offering guidance on gender-based pricing. The study by the agencies finds that women often pay more for products and services than men.

Rose Marie Mark rides the Berkshire Carousel in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Friday.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Although it may sound like it, this is not a headline from the early 20th century: Hundreds of people turned out for the opening of a carousel in Pittsfield Friday. With much fanfare and a full house, the Berkshire Carousel started spinning its way into the history books.

Leave it to Julianne Boyd…founder and Artistic Director of Barrington Stage Company…to make her mark early in the summer theater season – a tradition that audiences in and around Pittsfield, Massachusetts, have enjoyed throughout the decade since she resettled her regional company there.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jul 1, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, July 1, 2016.