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WAMC Northeast Report

Weekdays, 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition are two half-hour magazines of news and information, aired every weekday from 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. just before All Things Considered, and again from 6:05 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 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's Associate News Director Jim Levulis. 

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, July 3, 2020.

On June 23, David Brooks published an article on The Atlantic website entitled “Bruce Springsteen’s Playlist for the Trump Era.”Brooks introduced the article thusly:

From left: Garry Douglas, Jim Malatras and Ray DiPasquale hold partnership agreements
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The president of Empire State College was in Plattsburgh today to sign separate partnership agreements with the local chamber of commerce and the community college.

An aerial photo of a building complex set on a wooded hillside
Douglas Mason / MASS MoCA

Three Berkshire County museums plan to reopen next weekend.

Any time after a station moves, rescan your TV or convertor box to find all the available channels in your area.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Some TV stations in the Northeast are switching frequencies this week.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jul 2, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, July 2, 2020.

New York State Capitol

New York’s fiscal crisis amid the COVID-19 pandemic has led to temporary funding reductions for some cities and postponed planned pay raises for state workers. It has also led to reductions to some smaller programs, including an organization that has helped New Yorkers with intellectual disabilities during the pandemic. The program is slated for significant cuts this month. 

Keith Strudler: Risk Management Of Pro Sports

Jul 1, 2020

If you’ve ever wanted to make an NBA roster, now it probably your best shot. Especially if you don’t mind playing for the Brooklyn Nets, who seem to have an inordinate amount of open roster spots. Of course, since every team is going to be playing in Disney World, I suppose city of origin is fairly irrelevant at this point. But beyond the ongoing injury issues for Brooklyn, including stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant – and now surgery for bench forward Nicholas Claxton, the Nets have already lost two players to Coronavirus and a third who’s opting out for fear of catching the virus. And that’s with still a couple of weeks before heading to Florida, plenty of time for the rest of the roster to test positive or decide to sit this season out.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jul 1, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, July 1, 2020.


    A lot of small businesses are facing new expenses to safeguard employees and customers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Two white women sit at a wooden table in a book-lined room.
Josh Landes / WAMC

In June, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court agreed with Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington that judges can extend pre-trial holdings on defendants who are deemed to pose a risk to their communities. The issue clarifies one of the complications of the COVID-19 pandemic, with all jury trials suspended until at least September. WAMC spoke to Harrington about why she advocated for the expanded ability for pre-trial holdings.

Vermont Statehouse
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Vermont Legislature adjourned late last Friday night until August. This week, the House Speaker and finance committee chairs discussed how federal COVID-19 recovery funds have been appropriated and what work remains.

Absentee Ballot Return Envelope
Christopher Chen-Lumachrome/Flickr

Absentee ballot counting began today as four candidates in two Democratic primaries in the Capital Region await the final tally.

Union College President David Harris
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Colleges across the Northeast closed up dorms, moved classes online and canceled spring sports in March as the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Now, different campuses are coming up with different plans for the fall. Union College announced its reopening plan today, which includes on-campus living for first-year students at the private school in Schenectady. A decision on fall sports has not yet been made. College president David Harris spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

I wanted to deliver this last week but Trump’s use of the military against domestic protestors had me fear for the future of our republic and I put this off.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 30, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, June 30, 2020.


Another big event has been canceled because of the pandemic. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley / WAMC

Governor Andrew Cuomo is adding eight more states to a travel advisory list for states with high levels of the coronavirus. Visitors from California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee will now be required to self-quarantine for two weeks.

Albany County Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce holding a package of fireworks you can purchase at the grocery store.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Albany County Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce, fellow Democrat Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, and Albany Fire Chief Joseph Gregory announced new legislation limiting the use of fireworks in Albany County.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks with WAMC's Alan Chartock on June 29, 2020.


       With the coronavirus pandemic raging in other parts of the country, officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts Monday implored people to remain vigilant about keeping social distancing, wearing face coverings and other precautions.

Blair Horner: New York Holds A Primary In A Pandemic

Jun 29, 2020

Last week, New York State held its primary elections.  What made this election unique was that it took place during the coronavirus pandemic.  As a result of a gubernatorial decree, all eligible New York voters received paperwork that allowed them to request an absentee ballot due to the possibility of infection from the virus.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 29, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, June 29, 2020.

The Business Council of New York state coordinated with chambers of commerce and other groups to offer a recent seminar on Racial Inclusion, Diversity and Equality in Business.

Two feature films, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and Emma., have some real entertainment value but suffer from a number of shortcomings.

Jason Caterina's Evening Forecast

Jun 26, 2020

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, June 26, 2020.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 25, 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York is offering help to states like Texas and Arizona that are struggling with spiking COVID-19 infections. At the same time, the governor says he’s talking with airport officials and federal border control officers on how best to enforce a travel advisory that requires travelers from states with high rates of the virus to quarantine for 14 days.


With the start of the new fiscal year just days away on July 1st, the Springfield City Council will meet Monday to consider passing a budget.

Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senator David Carlucci

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley held a virtual rally Wednesday against proposed cuts to the New York state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities. Providers and other participants explained how funding cuts would negatively impact their organizations and the people they serve.

Burlington City Hall

After members and supporters of a racial justice group spent three days filibustering, the Burlington city council has begun its review of the proposed 2021 city budget.