Jim Levulis | WAMC

Jim Levulis

Associate News Director

Born and raised in Eden, NY, Jim has been WAMC’s Associate News Director since October 2016. Before that 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 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.

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James Baldwin
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July 31 marked James Baldwin’s last day as president and CEO of Excelsior College. With a current enrollment of more than 23,000, the private, online institution based in Albany was founded in 1971 and has had just three presidents. The 65-year-old Baldwin was appointed president in October 2016. 

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The most sophisticated Mars rover ever built is on its way to the red planet. NASA's Perseverance blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, atop a rocket Thursday morning. 

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Like many professional sports organizations, the Premier Lacrosse League is adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the league’s 2019 inaugural season involved teams touring the country playing games, including a stop in Albany last August, the PLL is instead holding a two-week fanless tournament near Salt Lake City starting Saturday. 

Two law firms are filing more than 30 new child sexual abuse complaints against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany under New York state’s Child Victims Act. 

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Every so often we check in with economist Hugh Johnson, chairman and chief investment officer of Hugh Johnson Advisors in Albany. With more sectors of the economy reopening from coronavirus shutdowns but cases rising in many states, Johnson has released his latest market outlook. 

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Matt Toporowski says his campaign for Albany County District Attorney is over. In a tweet and separate statement Tuesday evening, Toporowski conceded the race and said he is proud of the issues he raised as he looked to unseat four-term DA David Soares in June’s Democratic primary. 

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The COVID-19 pandemic has altered how museums and other venues can welcome visitors. That’s the case for the Iroquois Indian Museum in Schoharie County, New York, which is offering a special outdoor exhibition. 

The USS Slater is moored on the Hudson River at the intersection of Broadway and Quay streets in Albany, New York.
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The World War II-era destroyer escort docked in downtown Albany is about to head down the Hudson River for repairs. Making a rare voyage, the USS Slater is expected to depart for Staten Island at 7 a.m. Sunday. 

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The Albany County Health Department says two restaurants have been temporarily closed after employees tested positive for COVID-19. 

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Schenectady Police say the owner of a city ice cream shop was arrested on menacing charges for pointing a pellet gun at protesters outside his business Tuesday night. Demonstrations have continued outside Bumpy’s Polar Freeze since the weekend amid reports that the owner, David Elmendorf, sent text messages with racist slurs and said that he doesn’t hire Black people. 

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The COVID-19 pandemic has stressed governments across the globe by increasing their spending in some areas at the same time revenues are plummeting due to business shutdowns. The MRB Group surveyed 40 upstate New York governments – counties, cities, towns and villages – to learn how they are faring. 

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins with Mayor Kathy Sheehan at police HQ.
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Albany Police have announced that a 17-year-old has been charged in connection with a homicide Wednesday on South Pearl Street, part of a recent escalation in violence

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A day after a scathing report faulted the facility’s management and the state Department of Veterans Services for its handling of a COVID-19 outbreak, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker on Thursday announced reforms at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home.

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Following a meeting with New York state officials Tuesday afternoon, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy announced that malls, gyms and movie theaters have not yet been cleared to reopen under phase four of the state’s coronavirus reopening plan. If health metrics hold, the Capital Region would enter that phase on July 1. 

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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy says outdoor theme parks, malls, gyms and movie theaters have not yet been cleared to reopen under phase four of New York’s coronavirus reopening plan.

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The Massachusetts State Universities on Thursday said the system intends to welcome students back to its nine campuses, beginning in September, and for on-campus classes and residence life offerings for the fall semester. 

New York State Senator John Flanagan
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New York state Senate Minority Leader John Flanagan has announced he will retire early on June 28. The Long Island Republican was not seeking re-election in November. 

New York State Police Captain Christopher West
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The New York State Police have appointed a 30-year veteran as Troop G commander. Albany native Captain Christopher West takes over for Major Robert Patnaude. 

Mount Rainier in Washington state
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Legislation moving through the U.S. Senate would chip away at an estimated $12 billion in infrastructure needs within the National Park Service, which maintains more than 400 sites across the country. 

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan speaking in front of City Hall.
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has announced police reforms including the banning of choke holds and knee-on-neck holds by city officers. 

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As doctors and researchers around the world work to identify treatments and vaccines for the novel coronavirus, a team from New York’s Capital Region has been testing a cancer drug on COVID-19 patients. 

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin
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Seemingly in defiance of New York state orders, Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin is telling most county business, that they can open.

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On this Memorial Day, few World War II veterans remain. 75 years after the end of the conflict, the ranks of the so-called Greatest Generation are dwindling. Among those still able to tell their stories, is Lieutenant Colonel Harry Stewart Jr. 

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Memorial Day ceremonies will look very different this year because of restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo is limiting commemorations for the nation’s fallen military members to 10 people. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking in Albany May 15, 2020.
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After identifying the required amount of contact tracers, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that the Capital Region can begin reopening from coronavirus shutdowns Wednesday. 

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Schools in New York are closed for the rest of the academic year in response to the coronavirus pandemic while distance learning will continue. To discuss how education is faring amid the crisis, WAMC’s Jim Levulis spoke with David Albert, the chief communications officer for the New York State School Boards Association.

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The coronavirus pandemic has shut down or altered many aspects of the global economy. To discuss what might lie ahead, WAMC's Jim Levulis spoke with Hugh Johnson, the Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Hugh Johnson Advisors in Albany. 

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Following intense criticism, Vermont State Colleges System Chancellor Jeb Spaulding announced Wednesday morning that he is withdrawing system reconfiguration recommendations he brought to his Board of Trustees earlier this week. WAMC's Jim Levulis spoke with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about the latest developments. 

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A report from Columbia University’s Justice Lab finds that New York state’s parole system disproportionately supervises and incarcerates black and Latinx people. 

Authorities have arrested and charged a Massachusetts man for attempted arson at a Jewish assisted living facility in Longmeadow. 

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