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Jim Levulis

Associate News Director/News Anchor

Born and raised in Eden, NY, Jim has been WAMC’s Associate News Director since October 2016. Since 2020, Jim has hosted WAMC's main news programs: Midday Magazine, Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition. From 2013 to 2016, he worked as WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief for three years. Jim is also the producer of the podcast A New York Minute In History. He previously worked as a reporter, producer and anchor at WAER, an NPR member station in Syracuse. He has experience in Top 40 radio and has spent time with NPR member station WBFO and CBS-affiliate WIVB-TV, both in Buffalo.

Jim's stories have won numerous awards from the New York State Associated Press Association, the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association and the Syracuse Press Club. He was also a finalist for the 2015 Mirror Awards, handed out by Syracuse University. 

A loyal and constantly humbled New York Yankees and Buffalo sports fan, Jim holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism and History from Syracuse University.

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A COVID-19 vaccination site at the University at Albany
Jesse King / WAMC

It was on March 1, 2020 that New York state confirmed the first case of a novel coronavirus that would eventually change everyday life across the United States and the world. So how will history treat this COVID-19 era? Since early 2020, Madison County Historian Matt Urtz has been compiling a timeline of key events and personal stories in hopes of chipping away at that monumental task.

Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking in Saranac Lake
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Facing allegations of inappropriate comments and touching from former aides, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is acknowledging that his past comments “may have been insensitive or too personal.” However, the Democrat says he “never inappropriately touched anybody” and “never propositioned anybody.”

An M&T Bank location in Latham, NY
Jim Levulis / WAMC

M&T Bank announced this week that it is acquiring People’s United Financial in an all-stock transaction. The combined company will total about $200 billion in assets and more than 1,100 branches spanning 12 states from Maine to Virginia, plus Washington, D.C.

This illustration shows the events that occur in the final minutes of the nearly seven-month journey that NASA’s Perseverance rover takes to Mars. Hundreds of critical events must execute perfectly and exactly on time for the rover to land on Mars safely.
NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover is scheduled to land on Mars shortly before 4 p.m. Eastern Time today. Back in July the rover blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, atop a rocket.

A photo of the GlobalFoundries logo
Lucas Willard / WAMC

GlobalFoundries has announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense to provide semiconductor chips manufactured at the company’s facility in Malta, New York.

Ruby Legree
Albany Police

Albany Police have found the two teenagers and infant who were reported missing since Sunday afternoon.

People wait to get the COVID-19 vaccine outside the Times Union Center in Albany
Ian Pickus / WAMC

Albany County is launching a pre-registration tool for COVID-19 vaccines. County Executive Dan McCoy says it is currently open to people in the state’s 1A and 1B categories – as those are the populations counties have been instructed to vaccinate.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont delivers his virutal budget address Feb. 10, 2021
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Defeating COVID-19 tops the priorities in Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont’s two-year, $46 billion budget proposal. The package unveiled Wednesday includes plans to continue rolling out tests and vaccinations while providing interim rate increases for nursing homes.

Former U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney and U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi
WAMC composite photo

Democrat Anthony Brindisi has conceded to Republican Claudia Tenney in the race for New York’s 22nd Congressional District. It comes after state elections officials on Monday certified Tenney’s razor-thin victory, more than three months after Election Day.

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A January report from the New York attorney general found missteps in how the state’s nursing homes responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. The investigation detailed that failure to comply with infection control protocols put nursing home residents at increased risk during the pandemic. It also said homes that entered the pandemic with low staffing rates had higher COVID-19 fatality rates. The New York Association on Independent Living says the report is the latest piece of evidence that no person should live in a nursing home.

The Price Chopper and Market 32 logos
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Two major Northeast grocery store chains are merging. Price Chopper and Tops Markets announced an agreement today involving nearly 300 stores and more than 30,000 employees across six states.

New York state Capitol
Jim Levulis / WAMC

New York state Senate Republicans are calling on the state’s health commissioner to release more data on COVID-19 nursing home deaths.

A playground full of children lies in front of the Conte Community School's concrete facade
Pittsfield Public Schools

The Pittsfield School Committee has voted unanimously to begin the transition back to hybrid/in-person education.

A screenshot of the New York Attorney General's report on nursing homes
A screenshot of the New York Attorney General's report on nursing homes

New York Attorney General Letitia James released a report Thursday finding that the state health department may have undercounted COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes by as much as 50 percent.

Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan, NY
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Attorney General Letitia James is suing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission over the decommissioning of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County.

A U.S. Soldier with 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment, New York National Guard provides security support in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2021.
U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Pietrantoni

Roughly 1,300 soldiers and airmen of the New York National Guard are among the thousands of troops providing security for Wednesday’s presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. The show of force follows the violent storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump on January 6. And it comes as the New York Army and Air National Guard units – which have 16,000 members – help operate COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites across the state.

This plot shows yearly temperature anomalies from 1880 to 2019, with respect to the 1951-1980 mean, as recorded by NASA, NOAA, the Berkeley Earth research group, and the Met Office Hadley Centre (UK).
NASA GISS/ Gavin Schmidt

2020 will be remembered for many reasons in the United States – among them the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, a turbulent political cycle and nationwide protests against racial injustice. But, the year has also etched itself into the global record books. NASA says 2020 tied 2016 for the hottest year on record.

A graph showing COVID-19 fatality by age
Twitter: @GovPhilScott

Vermont officials say the state has nearly completed coronavirus vaccinations at nursing homes and long-term care facilities and for front-line health workers. The state will start vaccinating residents aged 75 and older starting the week of January 25, according to Governor Phil Scott.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, left, and Dr. James Reed, CEO of St. Peter's Health Partners
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Albany County is reporting a record number of new COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour period. County Executive Dan McCoy on Tuesday announced 351 new cases and two virus-related deaths. The county’s death toll since the pandemic started is at least 256. With remaining hospital capacity in the Capital Region around 25 percent, McCoy says St. Peter’s Health Partners will staff a 160-bed section of the county’s Shaker Place nursing home to handle COVID overflow from hospitals.

Barricades in front of the New York State Capitol
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Multiple people have been arrested following a fight and stabbings during protests at the New York state Capitol Wednesday. It occurred as state lawmakers were convening for the start of the 2021 legislative session and as a mob formed in Washington, D.C. while Congress met to certify the results of November’s presidential elections.

The U.S. Capitol
Ian Pickus / WAMC

Extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday as a joint session of Congress was meeting to certify November’s election results for President-elect Joe Biden. The following are statements from members of Congress in WAMC's listening area.

The Springfield Thunderbirds' logo
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The Springfield Thunderbirds are opting out of the 2020-21 American Hockey League season. The team says the decision, made in conjunction with its NHL affiliate the St. Louis Blues, was based on safety and logistical concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A photo of the book Journeys North: The Pacific Crest Trail
Jim Levulis / WAMC

A new book documents the stories of a husband-and-wife hiking team and others who tackled the 2,653-mile long Pacific Crest Trail in the western U.S. The author is Barney Scout Mann. Having also trekked the Appalachian Trail and the Continental Divide Trail, he has completed what’s known in the hiking world as America’s Triple Crown. WAMC's Jim Levulis spoke with Mann about his experiences and how he approached the hike that turned into Journeys North: The Pacific Crest Trail.

A UVM-UAlbany basketball game at SEFCU Arena.
Ian Pickus

The University at Albany women's basketball team’s games against Vermont this weekend and the Stony Brook series scheduled for January 9 and 10 have been postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test result, found through UAlbany's pooled testing program.

Hugh Johnson
Jim Levulis / WAMC

After initially showing reluctance, President Trump over the weekend signed a $900 billion COVID-19 stimulus package that includes direct payments to Americans, extends unemployment benefits, and sends money to businesses hurt by the pandemic. For some insight into the expected impacts of the legislation, WAMC's Jim Levulis spoke with Hugh Johnson, chairman and chief investment officer of Hugh Johnson Advisors in Albany.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden (file photo)
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden says he has tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Diagram
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the New York State Clinical Advisory Task Force has approved the use of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. The move Friday comes after an FDA advisory committee’s recommendation for emergency use of the vaccine, but before the overall federal body has given it the expected green light.

Hugh Johnson
Jim Levulis / WAMC

According to the U.S. Senate’s Special Committee on Aging, the number of Americans over the age of 55 in the labor force will reach 42 million in 2026, or nearly a quarter of the nation’s workforce. That’s compared to fewer than 36 million in 2016. Now, that data was compiled before the COVID-19 pandemic, involving a virus that has led to more serious complications and mortality when contracted by seniors. As part of WAMC's special series on aging and to better understand how the pandemic and the reactions to it have impacted the economic outlook for older Americans, Jim Levulis sat down with a familiar voice on WAMC's airwaves – Hugh Johnson, chairman and chief investment officer of Hugh Johnson Advisors in Albany. 

School bus
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Schools across New York suddenly shuttered in the spring when the novel coronavirus hit the state. Education leaders waded through an uncertain summer heading into an unprecedented fall. With the virus surging once again, WAMC's Jim Levulis spoke with Bob Schneider, the executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, who gave an assessment of how districts have responded to COVID-19.

College of St. Rose in Albany, NY
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

The College of St. Rose in Albany says it is discontinuing academic programs amid financial struggles. The college said Tuesday evening that its Board of Trustees has approved a plan to reduce expenses by nearly $6 million, including the elimination of 16 bachelor degrees, 6 master’s degrees and three certificate programs.

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