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. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 9, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, March 9, 2018.

Greg Haymes
Times Union

Greg Haymes from Nippertown is back with his March music selections.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Once again, Troy, New York is looking for input on the future of One Monument Square.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Gun shows at the Saratoga Springs City Center will soon be a thing of the past. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the city council Friday voted on a measure that will effectively halt one of the venue’s longest-running events.

Healey Talks Consumer Protection Week

Mar 8, 2018

It’s the 20th Anniversary of National Consumer Protection Week, and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is eager to get the word out. The Democrat spoke with WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Josh Landes about that and the challenges of protecting consumers in the Trump era.

Delegation from New York, International University Sports Federation and Lake Placid sign MOU on March 2, 2018
International University Sports Federation (FISU)

After a year and a half of meetings and negotiations, the organizers of the World University Games have selected Lake Placid to host the 2023 winter games.

Bill Owens: NAFTA - Round 7 With A Twist

Mar 8, 2018

The seventh round of NAFTA negotiations are set to begin in Mexico City in the next several weeks, with the word coming out of Canada that the Canadians are very pessimistic about this process.  In particular, they view the Americans as having little, if any, flexibility due to the policies and rhetoric of the Trump administration. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 8, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Paul Hopkins

A Williamstown woman was awarded the town’s Boston Post Cane Tuesday, cementing her status as the town’s oldest resident. 

A number of local officials were elected and ballot questions decided across Vermont on Tuesday. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at some of the results.

Keith Strudler: The Four Minute Mile

Mar 7, 2018

Virtually every college distance runner wishes two things. One, that coach doesn’t call an early morning Sunday practice. And two, that you had just a little more leg speed so you could run the mile. See, if you’re a 5000 or 10,000 meter runner, down deep you knew that meant you couldn’t turn it over quick enough to do something shorter. So you just kept going longer and longer until you kind of outlasted people. That’s my story at least, a former mediocre college 10K guy. The same goes for a friend who’s now an ultra-marathoner, who saw the marathon as just a bit too speedy.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 7, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

    A final set of regulations has been written to govern the burgeoning marijuana industry in Massachusetts.  It sets the stage for the start of retail pot sales on July 1st.   But it is unknown how many marijuana stores will open in the state then and where.

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           Three municipalities in western Massachusetts are exploring banding together to pick an electricity supplier for their residents and businesses. It is an idea that is being pushed by climate activists that has caught on in other parts of the country.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assembly Democrats announced they would  pass  a package of gun control bills on Tuesday at the State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

Things got heated on the New York state Senate floor over a debate on bills that majority party Republicans say will improve school safety. Meanwhile, the state Assembly on Tuesday passed its own set of gun control bills.

How sustainable is the idea of a community-wide gathering to discuss and decide town issues?  It’s something Vermont is grappling with as residents across the state participate in today’s Town Meeting Day tradition.


A landmark western Massachusetts restaurant is closing its doors after 53 years, but it may not be goodbye forever.

Stephen Gottlieb: Images Of America

Mar 6, 2018

When the Metropolitan Opera came on with Madame Butterfly recently, I began to puzzle about why the opera is so strongly anti-American. In Butterfly, an American naval lieutenant trifles with the heart of a young Japanese woman ending with her ritual suicide, leaving their baby to him and his new American wife.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 6, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, March 6, 2018.


The parent company that runs the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany is suing hip-hop group Migos stemming from a melee at a 2015 concert.

Utica College students shelter in place during Monday's lockdown.
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Officials at Utica College say a lockdown sparked by a telephone threat ended Monday afternoon after all buildings were searched and staff and students were taken to safe locations.

PBA Executive Director and Counsel Daniel De Federicis
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Police Benevolent Association of New York State says University at Albany Police have their hands cuffed when it comes to executing their duty to protect and serve. The college disputes the criticism.

Thurgood Marshall Federal Court House in lower Manhattan
Karen DeWitt

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former closest aide, Joe Percoco, is waiting to find out whether he’ll be convicted of bribery and other charges as a jury continues to deliberate in federal court. Government reform groups say regardless of the verdict, the trial highlighted some questionable, but legal practices in New York that they say taint the governor’s reputation and need to be fixed.

City of Chicopee

A significant milestone is expected this year in a nearly decade-long massive project to clean up two former industrial sites in western Massachusetts.

Blair Horner: New York's Ethical Failings

Mar 5, 2018

New York State’s long running corruption crisis continues to this day.  For each of the first seven months of this year, a new high-profile corruption case goes to trial.  Last week the first of those cases went to the jury for deliberations and in the second case, a trial was averted when a former legislator pleaded guilty.

Bitcoin,  a form of cryptocurrency
Pixabay/Public Domain

By now, you’ve probably heard of—and maybe even invested in — the online currency BitCoin.  But how are the cryptocurrencies made?  Apparently by using a lot of electricity.  In Plattsburgh, where there are low electric rates and a couple cryptocurrency entrepreneurs are sucking up lots of power, the mayor is proposing a law to curb the practice.

Michael Meeropol: Don't Be Fooled By The Story Of Bonuses

Mar 2, 2018

In January 2018, I delivered a commentary in which I quoted economist Dean Baker comparing the savings that major corporations were getting from the tax cut with the amount of money they were committing to the highly touted bonuses they were giving out.   It appeared that about ONE TENTH of the benefit from the increase in after-tax profits was going to these one “time bonuses.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 2, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, March 2, 2018.

Lyall Family

Twenty years ago today, 19-year-old University at Albany sophomore Suzanne Lyall vanished shortly after getting off a CDTA bus at the campus' Collins Circle stop. Her family has never stopped looking.

Officials at the site of what supporters hope will become a future park in September 2017.
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The sale of 37 acres of land from the Shenendehowa School District to the Town of Clifton Park has been finalized.