Jim Levulis

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.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra is extending the contract of its music director, who last year became the orchestra's youngest conductor in a century.

Friends, family and several dignitaries have been attending services in Springfield today for the local Marine killed in the shooting at a naval reserve center in Tennessee earlier this month.

As part of the state budget, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the creation of a rural policy commission in Massachusetts. It continues a longstanding effort to express small town needs in the Boston-centric commonwealth.

A Boston police captain's son who authorities say plotted a terrorist attack in support of the Islamic State group has been indicted on weapons and assault charges in western Massachusetts.

Federal prosecutors say a grand jury in U.S. District Court in Springfield on Thursday indicted 23-year-old Alexander Ciccolo of Adams, Massachusetts. The indictments had been expected after Ciccolo's arrest July 4.

Enrollment is increasing for an online K through 12 school in Massachusetts entering its second year.

Our weeklong series on violence in the region continues now. In part two of Crime in our Communities, WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis reports on Pittsfield, where a few incidents in recent years have raised the awareness of violence in Berkshire County’s largest city.

Public health officials say West Nile virus has been detected in a mosquito in Massachusetts for the first time this year.

A 23-year-old Adams, Massachusetts man and son of a Boston police captain has been arrested after he obtained guns to kill innocent people in support of the so-called Islamic State, according to federal authorities.

About 200,000 households in western Massachusetts will see lower electricity rates for the summer.

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office has announced an agreement that paves the way for a solar energy facility on a brownfield site in Great Barrington.

Over the weekend, the population of North Adams swelled by more than 7,000 as people packed hotels and pitched tents, in town for return of the Solid Sound Festival.

Massachusetts is now the 21st state to offer online voter registration.

Hartford police are investigating whether a pastor who was shot while placing flags outside a church for Memorial Day was the victim of a hate crime.

After three years on a backstreet in downtown North Adams, the New England Holocaust Institute and Museum has shut its doors. But, the artifacts could find a new home in neighboring Adams.

A Connecticut man whose young son died after he left him inside a car on a hot day last summer has been spared prison time.

State investigators have cited the Hartford Fire Department for serious violations found during an investigation of a blaze that killed a city firefighter in October. City fire officials said Thursday that the department received citations from the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

Police have cited and fined 19 people at Yale University during a protest calling on the Ivy League school to divest from fossil fuel companies.

Governor Dannel Malloy is ordering $13.7 million in additional mid-year budget cuts as Connecticut's current fiscal year deficit continues to grow.

Following issues at polling places in Hartford this past Election Day, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is proposing to scrap Connecticut’s partisan registrar system. But, the ideas are being met with opposition.

The Connecticut medical examiner's office says a Hartford firefighter who lost his life battling a house fire in October died because his tank ran out of air. The medical examiner ruled Thursday that the death of 48-year-old Kevin Bell was an accident.

Following dozens of arrests last year, the University of Massachusetts Amherst plans to limit the number of campus guests and increase police presence during an annual weekend party known as Blarney Blowout.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican, is continuing support for a broadband initiative started under former Democratic governor Deval Patrick. The state is releasing $50 million of previously approved capital funding to expand internet connectivity in western Massachusetts.

Yale University has banned a fraternity from campus for two years over a violation of the school's sexual misconduct policy. The university's chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon is being punished for what the fraternity describes as a presentation made at a February 2014 initiation ceremony. 

Some key Connecticut lawmakers say they are willing to pursue a compromise that would allow Tesla Motors sell its electric cars directly to consumers, but with some provisions that address the concerns of the state's independent franchise dealerships.

As President Obama prepares for the State of the Union address tonight, some Democratic members of Congress are opposing one of the White House’s proposals.

President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address before members of Congress and their guests tomorrow night. One of the proposals the president will make is two years of government-funded community college.

The head of the Massachusetts health connector is stepping down after a tumultuous year in which the state's health care exchange failed and was later rebuilt.

Motorists would be required to use their headlights during bad weather under a bill approved by Massachusetts House lawmakers.

Foxwoods Resort Casino says it has indefinitely postponed Bill Cosby's concert appearance that was scheduled for January.

In what will most likely be his last official visit to the Berkshires, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick took time Monday to celebrate state investments in the region.

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