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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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Marriner S. Eccles Building
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The Federal Reserve is holding its latest policy meeting Wednesday amid concerns over inflation and employment figures missing expectations. WAMC's Jim Levulis spoke with Hugh Johnson, chairman and chief investment officer of Hugh Johnson Advisors in Albany, about what he’s expecting from the meeting.

President Joe Biden at his desk in the White House
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President Joe Biden is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday as part of Biden’s first foreign trip since taking office in January. The meeting comes amid tensions between the nations over a variety of issues including cybersecurity and global influence.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott on Tuesday signed a $7.3 billion state budget for the 2022 fiscal year that starts July 1.

Mike Keegan of M&T Bank
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M&T Bank is creating a new community markets team designed to better integrate its branches with the communities they’re located in. The team’s leader is Mike Keegan, the long-time area executive for Upstate New York and New England.

Free masks and hand sanitizer were also given to people
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New York state is updating its mask guidance for K through 12 schools and summer camps starting Monday.

Springfield Bishop William Byrne
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The list of credibly accused sexual abusers in the Springfield Diocese has grown. Bishop William Byrne, who took over the diocese last year, announced the expansion Wednesday.

Gene Loparco of the Please Remember Me project
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If you’ve traveled along Route 9 in Latham and Loudonville over the past several summers, you may have noticed a stretch of American flags flying on utility poles. While many communities display the red, white and blue along their main thoroughfares, these flags represent something more for the Capital Region. 

Connecticut Governor Lamont at his desk in the State Capitol signing legislation that legalizes online gaming and sports wagering.
Governor Ned Lamont's office

Democratic Governor Ned Lamont has signed legislation to legalize online gaming and sports wagering in Connecticut.

The seal of the New York State Police
New York State Police

New York State Police and the Greene County District Attorney have announced a number of arrests – including that of a state trooper – in what they call a large-scale narcotics operation.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Police Chief Eric Hawkins speak with reporters May 25, 2021 at City Hall.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Albany’s mayor and police chief are urging an end to a recent uptick in gun violence in the city. Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Police Chief Eric Hawkins spoke with reporters Tuesday morning after police said a 15-year-old girl shot Monday night on Wilbur Street had died.

Kaaterskill Falls
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As the weather warms and more COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed, tourism officials are preparing for the summer. In Greene County, officials are reminding potential visitors of parking and trail regulations meant to prevent overcrowding at a popular waterfall.

Letchworth State Park in New York
Jim Levulis / WAMC

New York State is offering a new incentive to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19, free passes to state parks this Memorial Day weekend. 

The mini mart at the corner of 1st and Quail Streets where a shooting took place Friday
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Seven people were shot and two were killed in a pair of unrelated shootings within a mile of each other Friday afternoon in Albany, according to police.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and State Dept. officials meet with member of the New York Air National Guard in Greenland
U.S. State Department

On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was in Greenland and met with members of the New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing, based in Schenectady. The unit – stationed at Stratton Air National Guard Base – flies ski-equipped C-130s designed for landing on snow and ice-covered landscapes in the Arctic and Antarctic.

Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan, NY
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The New York State Public Service Commission has approved the sale of the Indian Point nuclear power facility to Holtec International. Entergy – the previous owner – shut down the Westchester County plant at the end of April.

small desks in a school classroom
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

New York voters approved 99 percent of school district budgets Tuesday, according to results compiled by the New York State School Boards Association. The average tax levy increase for the 2021-22 spending plans across more than 650 districts was 1.3 percent, according to the Association.

Solar array at the Essex Farm
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Solar is a key piece of New York’s goal of reaching 70% renewable energy generation by 2030 under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. With farmland seen by solar companies as prime real estate for their arrays, new research from Cornell University considers how to best balance solar development with the state’s agricultural sector and food production needs. WAMC's Jim Levulis spoke with Max Zhang, the study’s senior author and professor of mechanical engineering at Cornell.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont says his administration has received copies of strike postponement notices at 26 nursing homes from District 1199 SEIU and New England Health Care Employees Union.

An SUV is parked on the street in front of a brick building with "Pittsfield Police" on its doors
Josh Landes / WAMC

First responders in Pittsfield, Massachusetts have located and recovered the body of a man reported missing from New York state.

Luke Deer
Albany County District Attorney's Office

An Albany Police officer charged in connection to a response to a party in March 2019 has pleaded guilty to assault and resigned from the force.

Waste Management logo
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Citing opposition, Waste Management has withdrawn an application that would have added municipal solid waste to the list of acceptable materials processed at its transfer station at the Port of Albany.

Saratoga Hospital President and CEO Angelo Calbone
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Newsweek has named Saratoga Hospital one of “The World’s Best Hospitals” in its ranking of 2,000 facilities across more than 25 countries. The 171-bed hospital ranked 162nd in the U.S. with a score of 66.7 percent. Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts and St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut also made the cut.

The Momentive Performance Materials facility in Waterford, NY
Lucas Willard / WAMC

New York State has announced more than $2 million in enforcement penalties, compensation and corrective actions against Momentive Performance Materials.

The Upstate New York 2021 Tour de Cure logo
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Like most large gatherings over the past year-plus, the 30th anniversary version of the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure this June will again be virtual. In upstate New York, four markets – Albany, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo – are joining forces for the annual bike race.

Former U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson is introduced as Siena College's president Feb. 14, 2020.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Siena College President Chris Gibson is calling on New York state to revise its rules for in-person graduation ceremonies. The private college in Loudonville plans to hold commencement at the Times Union Center in Albany May 30th with the arena’s capacity capped at 10 percent. But if it was a sporting event, the downtown venue would be allowed to fill 25 percent of its seats. WAMC's Jim Levulis spoke with Gibson, a former Capital Region Republican Congressman, about the college’s plans.

Albany Police removed protestors from outside South Station April 22, 2021.
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Albany’s auditor and several members of the common council are criticizing the police department’s removal of protestors who had been camping outside of South Station for nearly a week.

Cpl. Clifford Johnson
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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Friday that a Valatie, New York man killed in the Korean War has been accounted for.

An image of the New York Attorney General's report
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New York Attorney General Letitia James has cleared members of the Schenectady Police Department of wrongdoing in the March 2020 shooting death of Michael Wallace.

Picture of a farm tractor
WAMC/Pat Bradley

New York state has announced a targeted effort to vaccinate farmworkers and employees of food production facilities against COVID-19. The state says it will work with local health departments and Federally Qualified Health Centers to bring pop-up vaccination sites to work locations.

NYSERDA CEO Doreen Harris
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The Board of Directors at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority or NYSERDA has appointed its acting CEO to the role on a permanent basis. Doreen Harris – who has spent more than a decade with NYSERDA – has been leading the agency since June 2020 following the departure of Alicia Barton.

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