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 poll suggests there is wide support for a so-called “millionaire’s tax” in Massachusetts.

A new poll suggests there is wide support for a so-called “millionaires’ tax” in Massachusetts. Activists are pushing the idea as a way to raise more money for transportation and education.

More than three-quarters of the respondents to a poll that was taken in the greater-Boston area support the idea of a surtax on incomes of $ 1 million or more, so long as the additional revenue is earmarked for transportation and education.

A tornado recovery project in Springfield, Massachusetts has encountered some turbulence over possible property-takings by eminent domain. 

A tornado recover project in Springfield, Massachusetts has encountered some turbulence over possible property-takings by eminent domain.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and leaders of the state’s public education system are touting a new program they say could cut the cost of obtaining a bachelor’s degree by $5,000. 

The initiative is called the “Commonwealth Commitment.”  It was developed by faculty and administrators from the state’s community colleges, public universities, and the University of Massachusetts. 

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Spoke with Monica Perez interim vice president of Academic Affairs at Holyoke Community College.

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MGM, which is building a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, has purchased the former central administration building of the city’s public schools.

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The Springfield Falcons are about to fly west for good.  The latest departure of a northeast American Hockey League team will leave Massachusetts without an AHL team for the first time since the 1950s.

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Over a thousand volunteers are expected to pitch in this Saturday in Springfield, Massachusetts to help repair more than 60 homes.  It is part of multi-year effort to restore the housing stock in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the United States.  

The Baker administration announced an initiative Thursday to make public higher education in Massachusetts more affordable. 

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A plan to build a worker cooperative greenhouse in western Massachusetts has received a boost with the announcement of purchasing commitments from several large institutions.

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