J.D. Allen

Assistant News Director

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's assistant news director. Formerly WAMC’s Berkshire bureau chief, he has reported for public radio stations, including bylines with WSHU, WNYC, WBUR, WNPR and NPR. J.D. has reported on healthcare and small businesses for "Long Island Business News" and real estate and land-use for The Express News Group newspapers. He's an adjunct at Stony Brook University's School of Journalism. J.D. holds a B.A. in journalism and sociology from Stony Brook University and an M.S. in communications from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

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Montauk Point Lighthouse
Kathy Kmonicek

A fund that has generated over $1.7 billion for environmental and historic preservation in eastern Long Island is overdue for an audit, according to New York State Assemblyman Fred Thiele of Sag Harbor.

Hurricane Ida crossing western Cuba on Aug. 27, 2021.

Two new disaster recovery centers opened this week on Long Island to help residents affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida.

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The Boy Scouts of America is selling its popular Connecticut summer camp and wilderness reservation to help pay for its proposed $850 million sex abuse settlement.

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A Long Island school district has sued New York over a state mandate that requires students to wear masks in the classroom to stem the spread of COVID-19.


Governor Ned Lamont said if COVID-19 vaccination rates for Connecticut students don’t improve, he would be open to school districts mandating the vaccine.