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. 

General Electric Co.

General Electric is replacing its chairman and chief executive after a little over a year on the job. The change has raised interest in Schenectady.

During the Jewish High Holy Days, we read from the biblical book of Leviticus where God enjoins the ancient Hebrews to leave the gleanings of their fields for the poor. I began to think about the conservative members of the current Supreme Court.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Oct 2, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

   The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts voted Monday to pay $1.1 million to settle pending lawsuits, with most of the money going to resolve complaints of police misconduct.

File: Governor Andrew Cuomo at Norsk Titanium in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A new Siena College poll finds New York Governor Andrew Cuomo far ahead of his challengers in his quest for a third term in office. But the survey also shows that a failed primary challenger is still taking points away from the Democrat’s lead.

Blair Horner: Will Water Regulations Improve?

Oct 1, 2018

One of New York’s greatest natural resources is its abundance of water supplies.  But the state’s industrial history has resulted in serious threats to using that water for drinking. Those threats should be checked by government regulations, but in far too many cases, they are not.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Oct 1, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening forecast for Monday, October 1, 2018.


More money is being put into the retirement system for public employees in the third-largest city in Massachusetts.  But it will barely make a dent in what is the worst unfunded municipal pension liability in the state.  

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan took the wraps off her proposed 2019 budget Monday morning. Now, the Common Council and city residents are taking a closer look.

NY Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul visits Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The day after she announced a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award in Amsterdam and hours after doing the same in Albany, New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in Plattsburgh Thursday to examine projects supported by the first round of awards in 2016.

Courtesy of NYCLU

The New York Civil Liberties Union has launched an online tool to help New Yorkers report discrimination and acts of bias. The idea is to connect individuals with agencies that can help.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "The Royale" At Cap Rep

Sep 28, 2018
- Jeorge Bennett Watson, Jonathan Louis Dent and Thomas Silcott in The Royale
Capital Repertory Theatre

There is something special taking place at Capital Repertory Theatre over the next few weeks.

“The Royale,” a play that uses boxing to tell a socially relevant story plays the Albany theater through October 14.   It’s an engaging and emotionally powerful production that manages to be entertaining and thought-provoking at the same time.   

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 28, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening forecast for Friday, September 28, 2018.

WNYT screengrab

An Albany activist group has launched a probe of its own into the August shooting of a city man by a police officer.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 27, 2018

Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and Assemblyman John McDonald.
WAMC photo by Jesse King

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in downtown Albany Thursday to announce the city won a $10 million state grant to redevelop the area downtown near the Palace Theatre.

Burlington, Vermont city councilors have approved placing a $70 million bond to improve the local high school before city voters this November.

File: Governor Andrew Cuomo at Norsk Titanium in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The state’s high property taxes and New York’s outmigration problem were among the issues discussed by Governor Andrew Cuomo and his Republican opponent, Marc Molinaro this week, when both made separate visits to a meeting of the some of the state’s business leaders.

Josh Landes / WAMC

The Berkshire County economic development organization tasked with developing the Berkshire Flyer train project that would connect the region to New York City has begun its work.

Keith Strudler: Get Your Hands Off My Quarterback

Sep 26, 2018

You can make a pretty compelling argument that football quarterback is the most challenging position in any team sport. I’m sure soccer goalies and starting pitchers may disagree, but it’s hard to imagine any role that requires a greater mix of analysis, athleticism, grooming and composure than QB. The quarterback is central to pretty much every offensive play in football, which can fall apart through either a bad decision or bad execution. And it’s pretty rare to have someone who excels at both. There’s not a lot of Tom Bradys or Russell Wilsons out there. Which is why they’re such critical commodities in the NFL exchange, as evidenced by where they get drafted and how much they get paid.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently extended the comment period a second time for plans to manage storm risk in New York and New Jersey. Still, some local officials say it’s not enough. And one state senator is renewing his call for the Army Corps to hold a public session in Westchester County.

Students listen to Senator Bernie Sanders at UVM Rally for Climate Action at UVM
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Students at the University Of Vermont held a “Rally For Climate Action” on Monday.  They heard from political leaders including Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch about what is happening, or not, in the halls of power — and what is at risk for the younger generation from climate change.

Stephen Gottlieb: Drumbeat For More Middle East Chaos

Sep 25, 2018

The Ahvaz National Resistance took responsibility for an attack on a crowd watching a parade in southwest Iran over the weekend. National Security Advisor John Bolton had urged that the U.S. assist and encourage that very group. So, when Iranian President Rouhani pointed the finger at the United States, should we ignore it as nonsense from “the axis of evil” or should we take seriously the possibility that the U.S. condoned or supported the attack? Or that Saudi Arabia helped out, with American knowledge and support?

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 25, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, September 25, 2018.

This is a picture of a stethoscope

A mid-Hudson Valley healthcare group is expanding once again. Health Quest plans to renovate a portion of an Ulster County mall to house a number of medical services.

The nation’s political leadership has chosen to ignore science, rip away health insurance, eviscerate environmental and public health protections, gut the most important consumer watchdog agency, and ram through judicial nominations based on raw political power instead of public accountability.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 24, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, September 24, 2018.


   Addressing a growing demand from working parents, a child care provider in western Massachusetts is expanding its hours to include nights and weekends. 

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The congressional candidates for New York’s spotlighted 19th District participated in a forum Thursday that allowed for sharing views with an audience rather than debating one another. Debate has been raging mainly among constituents, often on social media. Among the mainstream party candidates, though, it has been through ads.

Lake Placid fall foliage (file photo)
Pat Bradley/WAMC

There are varying predictions of what to expect as we approach this year’s fall foliage season — a key tourism driver in the Northeast.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley checked in with a forester who has been studying Vermont’s trees for decades.