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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In advance of the opening next year of the MGM casino, the city of Springfield is planning an advertising blitz to promote the city’s assets to visitors.

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    A special committee formed earlier this year to identify ways to improve relations between the police and the community in one western Massachusetts city may continue its work in 2018.

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      A nationally recognized initiative to improve children’s reading proficiency in Springfield, Massachusetts has put its results online. 

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  The Baker administration is putting more financial support behind projects to build rental housing in Massachusetts.  Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced the latest awards in Holyoke today.

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The city of Boston has become the latest and by far the largest community in Massachusetts to move toward banning single-use plastic bags in retail stores.

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    A group of western Massachusetts activists is home after participating in this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Conference in Oslo, Norway. 

Some elected officials in Springfield, Massachusetts on Monday will be pushing for longer terms.

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A group of western Massachusetts activists is home after participating in this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Conference in Oslo, Norway.

   The stage is being set for a fight in Massachusetts’ highest court over whether a question on raising taxes on the rich can appear on next year’s ballot.

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In this segment from WAMC’s in depth look at infrastructure series, WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports on how the largest municipality in western Massachusetts gets its water.

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No one wants to pay higher taxes, but in the largest city in western Massachusetts, stable tax rates coupled with rising property values are seen as good news.

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     A scathing report from the state auditor finds the Massachusetts child welfare agency failed to report crimes against children to police.  

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  A new gaming school began accepting registrations for classes today from people who hope to get jobs in the soon-to-open MGM Springfield casino.

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The fire chief of a western Massachusetts town collapsed and died late Tuesday night while fighting a house fire.

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   Details will be announced Wednesday about a new gaming school to train people interested in working at the soon-to-open MGM Springfield casino.

Plans have been announced to redevelop the former bus terminal building in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.

The regional housing agency Way Finders plans to move its headquarters to the Main Street site.

An extensive renovation of the former terminal is planned at an estimated cost of $13 million.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Way Finders President & CEO Peter Gagliardi.

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      The Ethics Committee of the Massachusetts Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to open an investigation into allegations surrounding former Senate President Stan Rosenberg.

    The Massachusetts State Senate has a new leader.

    Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg announced today that he will step down as leader of the chamber while an investigation is being conducted into sexual misconduct allegations involving his husband. 

      It has been more than a year since voters in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts adopted the state’s Community Preservation Act.   The CPA is a property tax surcharge to fund projects involving historic preservation, open space and recreation, and affordable housing.

Plans will be announced Monday to redevelop the old bus terminal on Main Street in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.

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  A police officer in Massachusetts who drew national attention for a Facebook post mocking the death of a woman run down by a car during protests in Charlottesville, Virginia last summer has been fired.

The Massachusetts State Senate plans to hire a special investigator to look into sexual assault allegations against the husband of Senate President Stan Rosenberg. 

   More than 6,000 drug convictions are being dismissed by prosecutors in Massachusetts because of misconduct by a former drug lab chemist.   It is the second time in Massachusetts this year that thousands of drug charges were swept away by scandal at a testing lab.

   Prosecutors in western Massachusetts are moving to dismiss thousands of drug convictions tainted by a former chemist at a drug lab.

Four large-scale clinics have been scheduled on the UMass Amherst campus beginning Thursday to vaccinate students against meningitis.

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     Hampshire College is on its way to becoming 100 percent solar for the electricity used on campus.  It is believed to be a first for a residential college anywhere in the United States.

UMass Amherst has scheduled a mass vaccination program after federal health officials determined two recent cases of meningitis should be considered an outbreak.

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   There was confirmation today that Republican Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito will run for reelection in 2018.

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  A civil rights activist voiced concerns to city councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts Monday that two qualified minority candidates had been passed over during the selection of the city’s next fire commissioner.  The claim was rebutted by the administration of Mayor Domenic Sarno.

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