Josh Landes

Berkshire Bureau Chief

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods. 

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News that the Berkshire District Attorney will attempt to hold his seat in November’s general election after losing the Democratic primary raises a host of new questions. 

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The annual Walk A Mile fundraiser for the Elizabeth Freeman Center will take center stage tonight at the last Third Thursday of the season in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

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From the day he was installed by Governor Charlie Baker in March, it’s been a battle for Berkshire District Attorney Paul Caccaviello to hold on to the seat. His September 4th loss to attorney Andrea Harrington in the bruising Democratic primary looked like it might have spelled the end for the 30-year veteran of the office. But WAMC has learned Caccaviello is mounting a write-in campaign. He tells WAMC that he’s just begun to fight.

For many immigrants, the path to U.S. citizenship is fraught with fears of deportation, separation from family, and confusion about legal requirements. Wednesday night, the Berkshire Immigrant Center is holding a Citizenship Workshop at its headquarters in St. Stephen’s Church in downtown Pittsfield. WAMC spoke with Brooke Mead, the center’s executive director, about what immigrants and the community around them can learn from the session.

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Organizers of a free weekly event in North Adams, Massachusetts want to boost cycling in the city of roughly 13,000.

Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire

Hundreds of cultural councils around Massachusetts disperse state money to arts initiatives. The group that represents Northern Berkshire County has some new faces as it enters a fresh round of funding.

A senior executive at the largest employer in Berkshire County says Berkshire Health Systems opposes a Massachusetts ballot question that would impose staffing minimums on hospitals. 

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While this weekend’s Fresh Grass festival at MASS MoCA features acts from around the world, it also shines a light on the Berkshire music scene.

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With the Fresh Grass festival returning to MASS MoCA this weekend, North Adams, Massachusetts is preparing for an influx of traffic. 

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The mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, says today’s visit by a member of Governor Charlie Baker’s cabinet represents the beginning of a new economic opportunity for the city.

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Rhiannon Giddens has traveled the world playing American music. Born in North Carolina, she has sung, played violin, and plucked banjo in her band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops. She has also worked as a solo artist, performing traditional folk, country, blues, and bluegrass, including original compositions. Both a Grammy winner and a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Grant,” Giddens is performing two sets at this weekend’s Fresh Grass festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. While her Saturday performance will be a more conventional set, Giddens tells WAMC her Friday set that opens the festival will be unique.

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A Berkshire County group that represents the region’s businesses is celebrating local economic leaders Thursday night.

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Two more artworks from the Berkshire Museum’s collection went up for auction Wednesday. WAMC’s Josh Landes has more.

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The Pittsfield City Council tackled transgender rights and celebrated the city’s championship Little League team at Tuesday’s meeting.

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An effort to prevent the closure of the public gun range in North Adams, Massachusetts, is underway. As WAMC reports, users of the range have the ear of the city’s public safety committee.

Andrea Harrington

Once again, change appears to be on the horizon for the Berkshire District Attorney’s office. Attorney Andrea Harrington, of Richmond, Massachusetts, upset sitting District Attorney Paul Caccaviello and warded off Judith Knight to win the Democratic primary last Tuesday. With no Republican candidate running in November’s election, Harrington is poised to become the first woman to hold the seat. She sat down with WAMC to talk about her victory, the possibility of a fall campaign, and the future of the office.

Williams College

Maude Mandel is the new president of Williams College in northern Berkshire County. Formerly dean of the college and professor of history and Judaic studies at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, Mandel was named Williams’ 18th leader in March. While her tenure at the Williamstown, Massachusetts liberal arts college began on July 1st, her official induction is set for today at 4 p.m. Ahead of the ceremony, Mandel spoke with WAMC.

The Norman Rockwell Museum is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the American painter’s iconic Four Freedoms series on Saturday.

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

As the summer draws to a close, Berkshire County has been hit with a massive surge in its mosquito population. As the swarms thicken and reports of West Nile Virus emerge, WAMC checked in with Berkshire Mosquito Control Project superintendent Christopher Horton. In addition to explaining the approach to combating the threat, Horton also offered advice for residents looking to protect themselves from bites, and gave his best estimate for when the county will be free of the pests.

North Berkshire District Court

A Berkshire County man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday in a Springfield, Massachusetts courtroom for terrorism and assault charges.

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The results of Tuesday’s Democratic Primary for Berkshire County District Attorney all but guarantee the election of the first woman to the post.

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Attorney Andrea Harrington declared victory in the Democratic primary for Berkshire District Attorney late Tuesday night moments after taking a concession call from incumbent DA Paul Caccaviello at her campaign party at a restaurant in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Harrington dedicated the win to her family and her supporters, offering her thanks "to everybody who voted for me, who voted in me, who believed in me, who believed that together we're going to build a new future for Berkshire County."

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State Senator Adam Hinds easily fended off a primary challenge Tuesday as the Democrats seeks a second term representing the westernmost portion of Massachusetts.

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Today is primary day in Berkshire County, and city officials in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, say voting turnout is raising eyebrows.

DA Paul Caccaviello and attorneys Andrea Harrington and Judith Knight.
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Today is the end of a bitter Democratic primary campaign for Berkshire County District Attorney. It features three candidates who weren’t really on the radar for the job at the beginning of the year. District Attorney Paul Caccaviello succeeded the retiring 14-year DA David Capeless in March. Judith Knight and Andrea Harrington are each seeking to move the department in a new direction. 

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It’s an age-old question in politics: what impact do endorsements have on voters? As a contentious Berkshire District Attorney Democratic primary race heads into its final hours, WAMC has this survey of each candidate’s endorsements.

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The Pittsfield Police Department have made an arrest in a  hit and run incident in the city last week. WAMC’s Josh Landes has more.

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Longtime activist Bob Massie is running in the Democratic Primary for governor Tuesday against former Deval Patrick cabinet member Jay Gonzalez. WAMC asked Massie about his candidacy and his take on the recently passed criminal justice overhaul in Massachusetts.

Pittsfield Public Schools

Labor Day is Monday, and already, many students in our region are back to school. Wednesday was the first day of school in Pittsfield, the largest city in Berkshire County. Pittsfield Public Schools Superintendent Jake McCandless spoke with WAMC, touching on the long-awaited new Taconic High School building, school safety, new contracts with the teachers’ union, and more.

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The work of choreographer Paul Taylor, who died this week at 88, had a wide impact on the world of modern dance — and the Berkshires were no exception.

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