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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Early voting is coming to Massachusetts beginning with the 2016 general election.  A coalition of election activists has released a series of recommendations for implementing the state’s new early voting law.

The Massachusetts Election Modernization Coalition includes MassPIRG, Common Cause Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts League of Women Voters. 

             WAMC’s Paul Tuthill spoke with Janet Domenitz, executive director of MassPIRG about the coalition’s recommendations.

A photo of concrete barriers on Main Street in Springfield at the casino job site

City Councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts Monday will consider ordering the removal of some Jersey barriers at the MGM casino construction site.

Earlier this year, the council referred to committee complaints from business owners about the loss of on-street parking as a result of the city putting up barriers along several blocks of Main Street where the casino is to be built. One restaurant owner said night-time business is off by 25 percent. 

City Councilor Melvin Edwards said his committee is recommending the barriers stay in place.


Early voting will be introduced in Massachusetts beginning with the 2016 election, and activists are already concerned about how it will be administered.

A collection of consumer groups and government watchdogs called the Massachusetts Election Modernization Coalition is calling on communities to provide at least one early voting site for every 35,000 people. 

Janet Domenitz, executive director of MassPIRG, said early voting must be administered in an equitable manner.

"There is not a one-size-fits-all for early voting," said Domenitz.


The highest court in Massachusetts has effectively cleared the way for construction of a wood-burning power plant in Springfield. Plant opponents see their last hope in the hands of a local health board.

The state Supreme Judicial Court this month declined to take up an appeal of two lower court decisions that directed the city to issue a building permit for the proposed $150 million biomass plant on Springfield’s eastside.  The project had been tied up in litigation for more than five years.

University of Massachusetts

Former Congressman Marty Meehan was inaugurated Thursday as the 27th president of the University of Massachusetts in a ceremony where speakers said his enthusiasm and political skills made him the right person at the right time to lead the state’s public university system.

Springfield Police Dept

Police in Springfield, Massachusetts are reporting one of the biggest heroin busts in the city in recent history.

Police, after what was described as a lengthy investigation, raided a home in the city’s Liberty Heights neighborhood Thursday night, and seized nearly 22,000 bags of heroin, three handguns, and about $3,000 cash. 

Springfield Police Dept. spokesman Sgt. John Delaney said the heroin has a street value estimated at $110,000.

University of Massachusetts

Former Congressman Marty Meehan was inaugurated Thursday as the 27th president of the University of Massachusetts.

Meehan pledged to focus on affordability and educational excellence as he was formally installed as the leader of the five-campus system during a ceremony at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute at UMass Boston.

" In accepting this office, I vow to our students, our faculty, our alumni, and everyone in the UMass family I will passionately fight for you," Meehan said.


MGM officials will have a chance next week to explain to a skeptical public the reasons behind the proposed downsizing of the Springfield casino.

  City officials have arranged for MGM to make a public presentation Wednesday afternoon at the 300 seat City Stage theater.  MGM has been under fire in Springfield since disclosing last month, in a regulatory filing, plans to reduce the scope of the project by 14 percent.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has said his administration is carefully reviewing the proposed changes.


Former Congressman Marty Meehan will be inaugurated today as the 27th president of the University of Massachusetts.

Meehan’s inauguration will take place at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute on the campus of UMass Boston.

The guest list includes higher education officials from across the state, and many elected officials. Senator Edward Markey and Governor Charlie Baker are  among the dozen scheduled speakers.

UMass spokesman Robert Connolly said Meehan expects to raise close to $2 million for student scholarships as part of the inauguration.


Cities and towns across the region honored military veterans today with parades, wreath-laying ceremonies,and speeches. One western Massachusetts college held its annual multigenerational observance.

Rain forced the relocation of American International College’s Veterans Day celebration from its traditional location at the permanent veteran’s memorial on the main Springfield campus to an indoor venue.