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
12:53 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Tax-filing Deadline Is Near

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The IRS says nearly 30 percent of us wait until April to file our income taxes.  With April 15th approaching, WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Gregory Rosica, contributing author to the 2014 Ernst and Young Tax Guide.

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New England News
3:55 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Conference Looks At Future Of Civil Rights

President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964

A regional conference held in Springfield, Massachusetts marked the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

More than 500 people representing housing and civil rights agencies in the New England States and New York took part in the two-day conference.  Jamie Williamson, Chair of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination said the struggle for equality and justice continues.

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New England News
12:58 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Massachusetts House Leaders Propose Leaner Budget Than Gov. Patrick's

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The Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee released its proposed state budget this week. It calls for slightly less spending than the $32.6 million budget proposed by Governor Deval Patrick.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with State Representative Stephen Kulik of Worthington, who is vice-chair of the committee.

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New England News
7:02 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Construction Continues To Replace School Destroyed By Tornado

Artists renderings show the new $28 million Brookings Elementary School
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City and state officials marked a milestone in Springfield Thursday in the construction of a new school to replace one that was destroyed by the 2011 tornado. 

   There was a topping off ceremony that saw the final steel beam raised into place for the Brookings Elementary School.  Principal Terry Powe saw to it that each of the 300 students were able to sign the beam before construction workers raised into place.  The students have been in modular classrooms since the tornado destroyed the old school.

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New England News
4:16 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Poll Finds Marathon Bombings Changed Boston

With the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15th a new poll of Massachusetts residents finds a strong majority—73 percent -- believe the attack changed the city in a lasting way.

Of those who said the attack had altered the city, sixty-two percent said the change was for the better, according to the Western New England University Poll.   Polling director Tim Vercellotti said people mentioned a surge in civic pride and a feeling of unity that followed the bombing.

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New England News
12:31 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

UMass Basketball Player Joins Growing List Of Openly Gay Athletes

A recent trend of athletes making news with public disclosures of their sexuality continued on the UMass Amherst campus, where basketball player Derrick Gordon announced he is gay.   Gordon is the first openly gay NCAA Division I men’s basketball player.

      During a round of interviews with dozens of reporters on Wednesday, Gordon, a sophomore from New Jersey, said he just wanted to be himself, live a happy life, and not hide the truth any longer. He was not necessarily looking to become a trailblazer.

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New England News
5:07 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

UMass' Derrick Gordon Is First Openly Gay Division One Basketball Player

Derrick Gordon speaks with reporters at UMass Amherst after coming out as gay.
Credit WAMC

UMass basketball player Derrick Gordon says he feels liberated as the first openly gay NCAA division one basketball player.

   On the first day of his new life as an openly gay student athlete Gordon met with dozens of reporters in a round of interviews that lasted close to two hours and said he is comfortable being a trailblazing role model.

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New England News
3:31 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

UMass Basketball Player Comes Out As Gay

UMass guard Derrick Gordan

University of Massachusetts basketball player Derrick Gordon has announced he is gay.  He is the first openly gay athlete in Division 1 men’s basketball.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Genny Beemyn, the director of the Stonewall Center at UMass Amherst – the campus L-G-T-B center.

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New England News
6:22 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

City's Longest Serving DPW Chief Announces Retirement

Springfield City Engineer Chris Cignoli, who will become the DPW Director on June 1st when Al Chwalek retires.
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The longest serving director of public works in Springfield, Massachusetts is calling it a career. The city’s mayor has announced plans for a smooth transition in a department responsible for many essential city services.

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New England News
4:56 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Awarding Of Casino License Could Help Put Springfield Budget In The Black

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Budget-writers for the city of Springfield, Massachusetts must work to close a $21.5 million dollar gap.

Springfield’s Chief Administration and Finance Officer T.J. Plante said through a combination of finding additional revenue sources, tapping into reserves, and cutting spending the city will come up with a balanced budget in time for the new fiscal year on July 1st.

"We are going to do everything we can to avoid service cuts and layoffs," said Plante.

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