Paul Tuthill

Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston.  He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester.  Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011.  Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.

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A free summer meals program for school-aged children begins Monday in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by casino developer MGM that challenged a Connecticut law that lays the groundwork for a possible casino along the Massachusetts border.

Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts have taken steps to shore up the city’s severely underfunded municipal employee pension fund.

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A major project has been announced in Ludlow, Massachusetts as part of the largest brownfields mill redevelopment effort in New England.

  A former Republican State Senator has been hired as the new director of Governor Charlie Baker’s western Massachusetts office.

   Baker said he’s known Mike Knapik since the 1990’s and described him as a “terrific person,” who is nonpartisan and very focused on local government and economic development.

" I believe that having Mike as our leader here in western Mass. will be a tremendous asset not just for the administration, but for western Mass. and the Commonwealth," said Baker, who added he was "wildly excited" that Knapik agreed to take the job.

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A major new project has been announced as part of the largest current brownfields redevelopment effort in western Massachusetts.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is urging state lawmakers to act on key bills dealing with energy and jobs before the two-year legislative session ends on July 31st.

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An 11-room mansion built for an industrialist in Springfield, Massachusetts in the 1800’s is now part of the city’s current economic development efforts.

British voters go to the polls Thursday to decide whether to remain in the European Union.

The sale of Massachusetts-based Friendly’s Ice Cream to the country’s largest milk processor has been completed.

The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts has voted to extend a moratorium on new pawn shops for an additional three years.

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Environmental activists are planning a door-to-door canvass in Massachusetts this summer to promote adopting a 100 percent renewable energy policy. 

This effort comes as several energy-related bills are pending in the final weeks of the Massachusetts legislature’s two-year session. 

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Ben Hellerstein, state director of Environment Massachusetts.

City councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts Monday are expected to take steps to boost the city’s severely underfunded pension account. 

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Environmental activists are planning to go door-to-door in Massachusetts this summer to promote adopting a 100 percent renewable energy policy.

Water and sewer rates are going up in the greater Springfield, Massachusetts area.

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A western Massachusetts hospital is taking part in a national study to help determine the best treatments for the youngest victims of the opioid addiction crisis.

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The public schools in Holyoke, Massachusetts are about to finish the first academic year under state control. 

More than a decade of abysmal test scores and low graduation rates led to the entire school system being put into state receivership. 

Stephen Zrike is the state-appointed receiver who has been running the Holyoke schools since last July.  He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

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A nationwide initiative is taking place this month to gather and share inspirational stories of American immigrants.  As part of Immigrant Heritage Month, the stories of two immigrants in Holyoke, Massachusetts were recently recognized.

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The local health board in Springfield, Massachusetts has recommended that a proposed wood-burning power plant be subject to additional review.

The name, logo, and ownership of the new professional hockey team in western Massachusetts were announced Wednesday.

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Opponents of a proposed wood-burning power plant in Springfield, Massachusetts are trying to turn up the pressure on the city’s Public Health Council to hold a hearing on the project. Whatever the local health board decides to do it could trigger a lawsuit.

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A rainbow flag was raised in front of city hall in Springfield, Massachusetts today in an emotional ceremony to honor the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando.

     A review has found no fault with the Massachusetts State Court system’s handling of several criminal cases involving the man who allegedly shot and killed a police officer in Auburn last month.

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Two people with roots in western Massachusetts are among the dead in the Orlando nightclub massacre.

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The stories of two immigrants in Holyoke, Massachusetts were recognized Thursday as part of national Immigrant Heritage Month.

Vitek Kruta, who was born in the former Czechoslovaki, traveled the world for 30 years before finding a home in Holyoke and establishing a fine art and antiques restoration business. He was saluted for his work to restore some of the city’s historic monuments in a ceremony at the Wistariahurst Museum.

"It is a humbling experience because there are many many other immigrants who do fantastic things," said Kruta.

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Opponents of a proposed wood-burning power plant in Springfield, Massachusetts have won support for a last-ditch bid to block the project.

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A partnership has been created between top law enforcement, large hospitals, and social service providers in western Massachusetts to fight opioid addiction.

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Almost a month before the start of the new fiscal year, the city of Springfield, Massachusetts has a new budget in place. The city will be hiring more police and firefighters amid questions about whether the city can meet its pension obligations to future retirees.

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Although many pipes are more than a century old, the utility infrastructure in Springfield, Massachusetts is in good shape and is continually being upgraded, according to officials who spoke at a public forum. The roundtable was scheduled after a water main break last month caused a large sinkhole on Main Street and raised concerns about what is happening underground.

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Just as the summer recreation season is beginning, the Connecticut River Watershed Council has launched an online site for people to check if the river contains high amounts of bacteria that could potentially cause illness.

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