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 new $10 million community center has opened in Springfield, Massachusetts, six years after the old one was left in ruin by a tornado.

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Pentagon budget cuts have affected the Westover Air Force Reserve Base for the last several years, but its economic impact in western Massachusetts remains strong.

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   A new leader has been announced for the largest fire department in western Massachusetts.

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          The largest brownfields mill redevelopment in New England is said to be ahead of schedule. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker visited the project in Ludlow Thursday.

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  A new leader has been named for the largest fire department in western Massachusetts.

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With ongoing efforts by the Trump administration to undermine the Affordable Care Act, the Massachusetts Health Connector has launched a campaign to promote the upcoming three-month open enrollment period.

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The $95 million restoration of Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts has won an award for historic preservation.

A public hearing is scheduled Tuesday at the Massachusetts State House on a bill to authorize a feasibility study of building a high-speed rail line between Springfield and Boston.

     Plans to redevelop the historic Paramount Theater in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts have received a financial boost. 

   Western Massachusetts is seeing an almost daily influx of families fleeing hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

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     A church in Amherst has become the first in western Massachusetts to shelter someone facing imminent deportation.

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A church in Amherst has become the first in western Massachusetts to shelter someone facing imminent deportation.

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      The $95 million restoration of Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts has won an award for historic preservation.

    High-speed rail projects were highlighted at an interstate conference today in Springfield, Massachusetts, where speakers urged more federal spending on transportation infrastructure.

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The city of Springfield, Massachusetts is using $500,000 in federal funds to renovate a neighborhood park.

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Massachusetts Senate leaders have proposed a comprehensive health care reform bill that looks to rein in prescription drug prices and hospital costs.  

The legislation was produced by a group of Senators led by State Senator James Welch of West Springfield.

They spent the last year looking at what other states have tried and talking with stakeholders.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Welch.

      The Baker administration has sent more help from Massachusetts to Puerto Rico to aid in the recovery from Hurricane Maria.

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      The city of Springfield, Massachusetts may require all late-night businesses to have a police-approved security plan.  Family and friends of a man shot dead at a 24-hour gas station earlier this year applaud the proposal.

      A solar power storage system will be built on the grounds of a former coal-burning plant in western Massachusetts.

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Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts are lobbying the Trump administration to include funds for water projects in any big infrastructure spending bill.

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Following a sharp increase in people killed by moving trains in Massachusetts, officials are planning to create a new task force to investigate the deaths.

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        Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker toured the nearly completed $95 million subway car factory in Springfield Thursday. The facility will provide good-paying jobs for people in western Massachusetts and improved mass transit in the eastern part of the state.

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   The city of Springfield is advertising for bids for a major downtown improvement project.

   Advocates for legalizing medically assisted dying in Massachusetts are looking to build grassroots support. 

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Following a record low voter turnout for last month’s primary, the city of Springfield is taking steps to remind people to vote on November 7th. 

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    The Republican governor of Massachusetts brought the Democratic governor of Delaware to Springfield Friday to see a school turnaround approach.

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The police department in Springfield, Massachusetts is planning to move some of its operations into a newly renovated former U.S. Army Reserve center next year.  A dedication ceremony for the new facility was held today.

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     John F. Kennedy memorabilia, pricey jewelry, and a collectable from World War I are among the thousands of items Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg is putting up for auction.

  Employees at a western Massachusetts community college have taken a vote of no confidence in the new college president.

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Five business groups have sued to try to keep the so-called “millionaires tax” proposal off the Massachusetts ballot next year.

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