Jonathan Levine, publisher of the Pittsfield Gazette, passed away on Friday, June 11, after a brief battle with an aggressive cancer. A native of Pittsfield, Levine revived the school newspaper during his time at Taconic High School, while also assisting in various capacities at the Berkshire Eagle. After graduating from Brown University where he served two terms as editor of the Brown Daily Herald, he returned to Pittsfield and started the Gazette. For nearly thirty years, the Gazette covered the people and happenings of his hometown with reviews of regional theater sprinkled in when the seasons permitted. Levine was driven by a strong sense of right and wrong and used his forum to praise city officials when he felt that was deserved and to call out those whose actions he felt were not in the best interests of Pittsfield's citizens. He is survived by three siblings, David, Cathy, and Ian and three nephews and a niece.
With his passing, the Pittsfield Gazette will cease publication in both its print and online formats.