The Pittsfield Gazette to cease publication following death of publisher Jonathan Levine
Larry Parnass is reporting for The Berkshire Eagle the Pittsfield Gazette will officially cease publication of both its print and online editions following the death June 11, of its founder and publisher, Jonathan Levine. Until Levine's death of lymphoma, at age 54, he almost singlehandedly produced approximately 1,500 weekly issues through the years. Using a modest inheritance from a grandparent, Levine founded, championed and sustained the Gazette since 1991. In a statement, his family said a sense of public good always topped Levine's agenda. “For nearly 30 years, the Gazette covered the people and happenings of his hometown with reviews of regional theater sprinkled in when the seasons permitted. Jonathan 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,” it said. For years, Levine was one of the city’s closest observers of government, reporting not only on Pittsfield City Council, but on its subcommittees as well, immersing himself in the workings of government, fellow reporters recall. Tony Dobrowolski, a reporter for The Berkshire Eagle who once covered the city said of Levine, “He was the ultimate citizen journalist before there were citizen journalists.” Read the full story in The Berkshire Eagle.