WAMC Northeast Report

Weekdays, 3:30PM - 4PM and 6PM - 6:30PM

Northeast Report and Northeast Report - Late Edition are two half hour magazines of news and information, aired every weekday from 3:30PM-4:00PM just before All Things Considered, and again from 6:05PM - 6:30PM just before Marketplace.

Northeast Report features reports from the award-winning WAMC News team, plus commentary, arts news and interviews, the latest weather forecast, and an afternoon business wrap-up. The program is hosted by WAMC Senior Correspondent Brian Shields who has been with WAMC for 25 years as senior news anchor, host and reporter. 

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The two candidates in a special election for Ulster County executive addressed the business community Wednesday morning during an Ulster County Chamber of Commerce forum.

Mirror Lake in Lake Placid
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The latest report assessing the health of Mirror Lake in the Adirondacks finds it continues to be negatively affected by road salt.

Berkshire Community College announced today that its nursing program will not accept a new class this fall.

Keith Strudler: The New Tiger

18 hours ago

There is a point in our not so distant past where Tiger Woods was essentially even money against the field in any golf tournament. In other words, Tiger basically had the same chance of winning as all the rest of the golfers at the event combined. That was around the time when we assumed the question of whether Tiger would break Jack Nicklaus’ record of most Major wins was when, not if. Of course, that all changed in 2009, when Tiger’s personal life spiraled downward in remarkable tandem with his professional skills, including a series of knee and back surgeries that often made things like walking without discomfort a sport onto itself. He lost both his sponsorship empire and his golf ranking, which at one point had lasted over 500 consecutive weeks at number one in the world. And of course, he lost the undying support of an adoring public, who once viewed Tiger Woods as the personification of everything perfect.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

18 hours ago

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, April 17, 2019.


    At a critical juncture in its history, the Springfield, Massachusetts Police Department is increasing its supervisory ranks.


A newly formed group is raising alarms about the planned basing of the F-35 fighter jet at the Vermont Air Guard base in Burlington. Citizens Against Nuclear Bombers in Vermont is holding meetings across the state to discuss what they say is the likelihood the planes will carry nuclear weapons.

Stephen Gottlieb: Climate Change And Flooding In Shiraz

Apr 16, 2019

Have you seen the pictures of the flooding in the city of Shiraz in Iran? I spent two years living in Shiraz, in the middle of the Iranian desert. Shiraz is near the ancient capital of Persepolis, its Greek name – the Iranians call it Takht-e-Jamshid, or the thrown of Jamshid. It was the winter capital of the legendary kings of Persia: Cyrus and Darius. It was the winter capital because it was warm, much warmer than their summer capital. My future wife was stationed in Hamadan, which the ancient kings used as their summer capital because it was cool. I visited her there and I can testify to the temperature difference.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 16, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, April 16, 2019. 

According to a new poll, most registered voters in New York support the plastic bag ban recently passed by the state legislature, but not the banning of mugshots.

State representatives from the Berkshires are unhappy about how Republican Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is choosing to spend money intended to assist the vulnerable with paying for heat.

Blair Horner: Lobbying Spending In NY Hits A Record

Apr 15, 2019

After the frenzied fight over New York’s $175 billion budget, it’s not surprising to learn that special interests spent astronomically to influence policy in New York.  Last week, the public got to see just how much gets spent to influence government in New York. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 15, 2019

Meteorololgist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, April 15, 2019.

Plattsburgh City Hall
WAMC Photo

The Plattsburgh Common Council was scheduled to vote Thursday evening on a proposal to reestablish a compensation policy for certain managers in the city.  But the measure was tabled.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 12, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, April 12, 2019.


Students on campuses across the country are walking “Out of the Darkness” to fundraise for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 

Josh Landes / WAMC

A Pittsfield, Massachusetts business owner is frustrated with the city as it navigates the construction of a new parking garage.

Pete Lopez (file photo)

New York state, the federal government and environmentalists up and down the Hudson have been readying for months for the next chapter of General Electric’s mandated cleanup of the river.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County's annual ceremony to honor and remember the victims of crime was held today at the County Courthouse.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 11, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, April 11, 2019.

WAMC Remembers Greg Haymes

Apr 11, 2019
Greg Haymes
Times Union

It is with shock and great sadness that we tell you of the loss of a familiar voice on WAMC, silenced much too soon. Greg Haymes died this week after a short battle with cancer. For nearly 15 years, Greg would join us on Northeast Report, once a month on Fridays, to let us know which bands and artists would be taking to area stages, and keep us up to date on the latest releases. He was a musician, a founding member of Albany's Blotto, and played in several more groups and pairings. Greg was also a journalist with the Times Union and his website Nippertown. Here, WAMC remembers Greg with a 2017 segment in which he featured his favorite Randy Newman covers.


A Siena College poll released this week shows strong consumer sentiment in New York.

Bennington state Senator Dick Sears (right) discusses St. Gobain settlement
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont officials say the state has reached a final agreement with St. Gobain over properties in Bennington contaminated with PFOA.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to make an announcement related to the Hudson River Superfund Cleanup tomorrow morning.

Keith Strudler: Learning From Failure

Apr 10, 2019

If you do in fact learn more from failure than success, then Chris Davis deserves a Ph.D. That’s because the Baltimore Orioles first baseman has now gone 49 consecutive appearances at the plate without a hit, which is the longest hitless streak in baseball history, breaking the previous record of 46 set in 2011. His last hit came on September 14, a double hit last season. Since then, he’s had 20 strikeouts swinging, another nine looking, and a series of groundouts, fly outs, and pretty much any other way you can not earn your way to first base.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 10, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Included in the New York State budget signed April 1st is a provision to prohibit the release of mugshots by law enforcement departments. New York State troopers have already stopped releasing the photos, which are often shared on social media.

"There will be a financial impact, though. You know, this is not, again, this isn't a victimless crime."
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has delivered an update on the city’s recent ransomware attack.

    Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts want to give more teeth to the civilian board that reviews complaints about the city’s troubled police department.

Lise Veronneau (left) and Ernie Pomerleau are honored by the French government
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Two Vermont citizens received the highest civilian honor awarded by the government of France Monday.