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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        Security plans are in place for this month’s Boston Marathon, which comes five years after bombs were exploded at the finish line. 


  The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts is considering an order to block a crackdown against a church that is providing sanctuary to an undocumented immigrant.

     One of the biggest hiring sprees in the history of western Massachusetts is underway. MGM has put out the help wanted sign at the $960 million casino resort that is scheduled to open in Springfield in September.



       The largest mass hiring process in recent western Massachusetts history is underway.

   A fundraising campaign to support construction of a new public library in the largest city in western Massachusetts has received a major boost from one of the region’s largest employers.

   Massachusetts reaches a milestone today in the introduction of the legal marijuana industry to the state. 


The Springfield City Council is attempting to block the crack down ordered by the mayor against a church sheltering an undocumented immigrant. 

        The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is threatening the tax-exempt status of a church because an undocumented immigrant is being sheltered there. 

   Big changes are expected in Springfield, Massachusetts beginning later this year.


A recent rash of unfounded threats of school violence brought a stern warning today from a top law enforcement official in western Massachusetts.

The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is questioning the tax-exempt status of a church that is sheltering an undocumented immigrant.

Marijuana won’t be legally sold in the largest city in western Massachusetts until at least the end of September.

    Industries in Massachusetts are regularly releasing chemicals, beyond legal limits, into rivers and streams, according to a new report from the Environment Massachusetts Research and Policy Center.


    Activists say an undocumented immigrant facing deportation to Peru and separation from her American-born children and husband has been given sanctuary in a church in Springfield, Massachusetts.


      Voting rights advocates hope to establish automatic voter registration in Massachusetts.


Voting rights advocates are urging Massachusetts to create an automatic voter registration system

Massachusetts State Police

Scandals have engulfed the Massachusetts State Police.  

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles is temporarily shutting down for three days.

Western Mass Politics and Insight

     A key committee of the city council in Springfield, Massachusetts has endorsed spending taxpayers’ dollars on a marketing campaign intended to highlight the city’s assets.

Umass Amherst

      A new program of environmental awareness is being launched in western Massachusetts.


The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts is weighing whether to commit taxpayers’ dollars toward a campaign to promote the city. 


Nineteen Massachusetts State Troopers are facing disciplinary hearings over payroll discrepancies.

   The highest court in Massachusetts will hear arguments later this year on whether thousands more drug convictions should be thrown out because of scandal at an evidence testing lab in Amherst.

A western Massachusetts city hopes to encourage its residents to toss away less trash and recycle more household waste.

Springfield Fire Department

       Authorities say two toddlers and a man believed to be their father died in the apartment building fire Sunday in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Springfield Public Schools

     The Springfield Public Schools face a $6.8 million deficit in next year’s budget.

With forecasters saying another snow storm is “possible” at midweek, municipal budgets in Massachusetts are feeling a bit strained. 

Interior of the CRRC rail car factory in Springfield

Production is expected to start soon at the largest factory built in western Massachusetts in generations – the CRRC rail car manufacturing complex in Springfield. 

Massachusetts State Police

       A bridge that passes over the Massachusetts Turnpike in Charlton was dedicated Friday in memory of a fallen State Trooper. 

PVTA buses at Union Station in Springfield

A proposed 25 percent fare hike and service cutbacks at the largest regional transit authority in western Massachusetts is drawing attention from city councilors in Springfield and the leaders of area colleges.