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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  An initiative to restore the older housing stock in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the country is continuing this week in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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The police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts said a federal investigation of possible civil rights abuses by narcotics officers could advance efforts to reform the police department.

       Dozens of business leaders from western Massachusetts will be at the Statehouse in Boston Wednesday for meetings with legislative leaders and representatives of the Baker administration.

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A small college in Springfield, Massachusetts plans to break ground Tuesday to build a new residence hall financed by a state agency.

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A 10-year project to put a permanent 9/11 memorial in Springfield, Massachusetts has entered a new phase – raising the money to make it a reality.

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     The father of a slain Parkland, Florida high school student has brought his campaign against gun violence to Springfield, Massachusetts – home to gun maker Smith & Wesson. 

The Massachusetts House begins debate Monday on a proposed state budget.

A rendering shows the view at night of the 9/11 memorial planned in Riverfront Park in Springfield, Ma.
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Money is being raised to build a permanent 9/11 monument in Springfield, Massachusetts that will include a steel beam from the destroyed World Trade Center. 

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The father of a slain Parkland, Florida high school student has brought his campaign against gun violence to Springfield, Massachusetts – home to gun maker Smith & Wesson.

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The home foreclosure rate in Massachusetts is higher than the national average.  But there is a program now in its 10th year that state officials say is helping keep people in their homes.

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    Miriam Nelson, a health and nutrition scholar, scientist, higher education administrator, and government policy advisor, has been chosen as the next president of Hampshire College.

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Officials have announced a mid-June start date for new high-frequency, high-speed rail service between New Haven, Connecticut and Springfield, Massachusetts.

Massachusetts casino regulators have given MGM additional time to work on a development project that is part of the company’s deal with the state to build a resort casino in downtown Springfield.

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  The board of trustees at Hampshire College has picked a new president for the small liberal arts school. 

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    A move by the University of Massachusetts Amherst to expand the flagship campus into greater Boston is being buffeted by headwinds. 

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    A facility to train nurses for the growing healthcare industry in western Massachusetts is expanding.

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   Public transit providers across Massachusetts are lobbying for more state aid. Without it, riders in many areas of the state will face cuts in bus service.

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        In the wake of the death of a Massachusetts police officer on Cape Cod last week there are calls for changing the state’s judicial system.  Those calls are being echoed by the mayor of Springfield, who has repeatedly called out judges he says are putting dangerous criminals back on the streets.

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      The Massachusetts House will begin debate next Monday on a state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1st. 

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A planned $1 million marketing campaign to promote the city of Springfield, Massachusetts will be jumpstarted with taxpayers’ funds. 

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has ordered flags across the state flown at half-staff after a police officer was shot dead Thursday on Cape Cod while serving a warrant.

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For the first time its more than 30-year history the Massachusetts state agency created to advocate for victims of crime has an office in western Massachusetts.

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Plans by UMass Amherst to acquire the campus of a soon-to-close small private college in eastern Massachusetts are drawing scrutiny. 

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   Authorities have disclosed the cause of a fire last month in Springfield, Massachusetts that claimed the life of a father and two toddlers.

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     Hundreds of cops are staging a noisy rush hour protest at a busy intersection in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts after the city abruptly broke off contract talks. 

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A woman who said she fled persecution in Russia 15 years ago, and made a life for herself in the United States where she had three children, has taken refuge in a western Massachusetts church while she fights deportation.

A long-running labor dispute in a western Massachusetts city remains unsettled.

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   A woman who said she fled persecution in Russia has taken refuge in a western Massachusetts church while she fights deportation.

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  The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts has approved an order directing the city not to interfere with places of worship providing sanctuary to undocumented immigrants.  The city’s mayor has declared Springfield is not a “sanctuary city.” 

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    Fares are going up later this year for passengers of the largest regional transit authority in western Massachusetts. 

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