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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New England News
4:07 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Massachusetts To Receive $47 Million From Citigroup Settlement

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Massachusetts will get an almost $47 million share of the $ 7 billion settlement over Citigroup’s mortgage-backed securities activities.

Malcolm Chu, an organizer with Springfield No One Leaves—a group that fights foreclosure related evictions – said the settlement needs to be independently monitored to assure that help gets to people in need of loan modifications in order to stay in their homes.

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New England News
12:44 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

UMass Names Operations Director For New Springfield Center

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A director has been hired for the University of Massachusetts’ first satellite campus in Springfield.  City native and UMass graduate William Davila was named director of operations for the UMass Center at Springfield. Classes are scheduled to start Sept. 2nd at the new campus in a downtown office tower.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief  Paul Tuthill spoke with Davila

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New England News
12:53 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

Volunteers Monitor Connecticut River For Contamination

Boaters and swimmers can take comfort in knowing the Connecticut River is cleaner than it has been in years.  The Connecticut River Watershed Council monitors river contamination using volunteers who take samples at designated locations on the river.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the council’s executive director Andrew Fisk.

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New England News
6:12 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Program Seeks To Fill Void In Manufacturing Workforce Training

Some of the machines used for training at the mechanical engineering center at Springfield Technical Community College.
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With manufacturers in Massachusetts struggling to find trained people to hire, Governor Deval Patrick today announced a pilot program between two community colleges funded by a partnership that includes some of the state’s biggest companies.

The program run jointly by Springfield Technical Community College and Holyoke Community College aims to take unemployed and under-employed people and give them the skills needed to get an entry level job in manufacturing.  Governor Patrick, who announced the pilot program at STCC, called it vital to enhancing the state’s competitive edge.

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New England News
12:38 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Chicopee Police Chief Drama Ends

Chicopee Police Chief William Jebb shakes hands with Mayor Richard Kos following the mayor's announcement that he had promoted Jebb to head the police department.
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A saga that has spanned two mayoral administrations in Chicopee, Massachusetts ended Thursday with the appointment of a new police chief.  The new chief will have to run a department that a consultant found to be plagued by internal divisions.

Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos announced the appointment of William Jebb as the city’s new police chief.  Jebb was immediately sworn-in.  Minutes later it was announced that Jebb’s rival for the job, acting chief Thomas Charette, had announced his immediate retirement.

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New England News
7:32 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Operations Director Named For UMass Springfield Center

The welcome center for the UMass satellite campus in Springfield opened earlier this year. Classes begin Sept. 2
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The University of Massachusetts has named a Springfield native to run the university’s first satellite campus which opens this fall in a downtown Springfield office tower.

   The newly appointed operations director for the UMass Center at Springfield, William Davilla, said construction is on schedule for classes to begin Sept. 2nd.   Staff is being hired and students are being recruited.

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New England News
4:28 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Appointment Of New Police Chief Ends Two-year Saga

Chicopee Police Chief William Jebb addresses an audience of about 100 people who attended his swearing-in at Chicopee City Hall. Looking on are Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos, Jebb's wife JoAnne and daughter Kamryn
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A new police chief was sworn into office Thursday in Chicopee, Massachusetts ending a two-year controversy over who should be the city’s top cop.

   Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos appointed William Jebb police chief.  Jebb is a 27-year veteran of the Chicopee Police Department.

    " Public safety is paramount. I am going to work diligently to put my best efforts forward. I know the men and women of the Chicopee Police are up to the challenge," said Jebb.

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New England News
6:26 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Springfield Unity Festival To Celebrate Diversity Through Song

Organizers of the Springfield Unity Festival announce details of the event in front of Symphony Hall. The co-founder York Mayo is at the microphone
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Plans were announced today for a unity festival this fall in Springfield, Massachusetts. Organizers hope to bring together people from throughout western Massachusetts to highlight the region’s cultural, religious, racial, and age diversity. 

The theme of the festival, scheduled for mid-October, is the promotion of social integration through song.

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New England News
5:05 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Hours Being Cut At Rural Post Offices

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The U.S. Postal Service is cutting hours at thousands of mostly rural post offices, and meeting objections in some places. 

Hours are being cut at fifty post offices in Massachusetts including several in Franklin County and the Berkshires. Postal Service spokeswoman Christine Dugas said the changes will be finished by early next year.

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New England News
4:36 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Former School Employee Convicted Of Theft

A former teacher at a vocational school in Springfield, Massachusetts has been convicted on larceny charges for stealing cash from a student fundraising activity.

   A district court judge sentenced former Putnam Vocational High School teacher Ann Berry to three years probation with 240 hours of community service. An internal audit in 2011 revealed a number of scams by several school employees.  City Councilor Tim Rooke was on the audit committee at the time.

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