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Berkshire County’s sole daily newspaper – The Berkshire Eagle – will reduce its print schedule from seven days to five days a week beginning early next month. The paper announced the change in its own pages, citing changing trends in the news industry for producers and consumers. WAMC spoke with Executive Editor Kevin Moran about the move, and the paper’s corresponding plans to increase digital operations.

A large brick building rises up above greenery
Jim Levulis / WAMC

On Tuesday, the Berkshire Eagle announced that each member of its staff would take a week-long furlough as the daily Pittsfield, Massachusetts-based paper takes a financial hit during the COVID-19 outbreak. On Thursday, New England Newspapers, Inc. President and Publisher Fred Rutberg spoke with WAMC  Berkshire Bureau Chief Josh Landes about the move, which is accompanied by a reduction in the size of the physical publication and the expansion of the Eagle’s online content. The company also owns The Bennington Banner, the Manchester Journal, and The Brattleboro Reformer.  Former Judge Rutberg bought the 128-year-old paper in 2016 along with two bankers, and a retired publisher and friend of Warren Buffett. He declined to confirm the number of staffers affected by the new measures.

8/7/19 Panel

Aug 7, 2019

    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jenn Smith, Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill, Dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the University at Albany Robert Griffin.

7/10/19 Panel

Jul 10, 2019

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jenn Smith, Times Union columnist Chris Churchill, Dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the University at Albany Robert Griffin, Publisher Emeritus of The Daily Freeman Ira Fusfeld, and Investigative Journalist Rosemary Armao.

6/28/19 Panel

Jun 28, 2019

Editor and Publisher of The Columbia Paper Parry Teasdale, Berkshire Eagle Executive Editor Kevin Moran, and Berkshire Eagle reporter Jenn Smith join us at Tanglewood's The Linde Center for Music and Learning for an abbreviated Roundtable Panel.

6/26/19 Panel

Jun 26, 2019

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jenn Smith, Times Union columnist Chris Churchill, corporate attorney Rich Honen, and Investigative Journalist Rosemary Armao.

6/19/19 Panel

Jun 19, 2019

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jenn Smith, Times Union columnist Chris Churchill, Dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the University at Albany Robert Griffin, and Investigative Journalist Rosemary Armao.

6/12/19 Panel

Jun 12, 2019

    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jenn Smith, Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI and Director of the RPI-IBM Artificial Intelligence research collaboration Jim Hendler, and Dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the University at Albany Robert Griffin.

5/29/19 Panel

May 29, 2019

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Edward Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at RPI and recent electee to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fran Berman, reporter for The Berkshire Eagle Jenn Smith, Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI, Jim Hendler, and Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill.

5/22/19 Panel

May 22, 2019

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jenn Smith, Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill, and political consultant and lobbyist, Libby Post.

4/24/19 Panel

Apr 24, 2019

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jenn Smith, Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill, Jim Hendler, Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI, and SUNY New Paltz Communications Professor, Terry Gipson.

8/1/18 Panel

Aug 1, 2018

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Communications Consultant Joe Bonilla and Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jenn Smith.

5/9/18 Panel

May 9, 2018

    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Corporate Attorney Rich Honen, Counter Terrorism Expert Malcolm Nance, and Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jenn Smith.

A large brick building rises up above greenery
Jim Levulis / WAMC

WAMC has learned that The Berkshire Eagle’s managing editor for news has resigned from the paper, citing concerns about ethics violations. The Pittsfield, Massachusetts newspaper disputes the criticism.

4/18/18 Panel

Apr 18, 2018

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois, Berkshire Eagle reporter Jenn Smith, and investigative journalist Rosemary Armao.

2/14/18 Panel

Feb 14, 2018

   The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois, and Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jenn Smith.

Stephanie Zollshan/Berkshire Eagle Staff

Jenn Smith of The Berkshire Eagle recently returned to Massachusetts following a 10-day trip to Pakistan. The paper’s community engagement editor visited the country’s newsrooms, diplomats and attractions as a member of the International Center for Journalists. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis talked with Smith about the differences in the country’s journalism practices.

Capitanio Indicted, Pleads Not Guilty

Oct 22, 2013

Pittsfield, Massachusetts City Councilor Paul Capitanio has been indicted on drug conspiracy and accessory charges for allegedly buying illegal prescription drugs and tipping off a dealer about an August drug bust.

Capitanio's attorney told The Berkshire Eagle Monday his client, who represents the city's Ward 3, continues to deny the allegations against him, including those that he is an oxycodone addict.

According to Massachusetts State Police, the 57 year-old Capitanio was buying pills from an unnamed dealer when he gave him information on an upcoming raid.

    Kevin Moran is the Managing Editor of The Berkshire Eagle

He joins us to talk about what's making the pages of the paper during the region's very busy - and culturally rich - summer.

A federal investigation is reportedly underway involving a long-standing toy fund in the Berkshire town of Lee.