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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        The first Democrat has formally announced a run for governor of Massachusetts in 2018.

As protests erupted over the weekend against President Trump’s immigration and refugee bans, communities in Massachusetts are responding to the president’s proposed crackdown on sanctuary cities. Trump signed an executive order threatening to strip federal funds from communities that harbor undocumented immigrants.

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A coalition of almost two dozen organizations in western Massachusetts are planning steps to assist undocumented immigrants in the wake of declarations this week from some national and local government leaders.

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   Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has vetoed a bill raising the pay of state legislators and other elected officials, but his action is likely to be only symbolic.

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    The countdown is on to the opening of a new transportation hub in western Massachusetts later this year.

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Environmental activists, often at odds with companies involved in the natural gas business, are praising a public utility in western Massachusetts for adopting a new strategy when it comes to fixing leaking pipes.  

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A new transportation hub in western Massachusetts is expected to open to the public in April.

   A utility company in western Massachusetts has announced an unprecedented effort to repair hundreds of natural gas leaks that climate activists say cause environmental damage.

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  A fund set up to help the victims of the devastating New Year’s Day apartment building fire in Holyoke, Massachusetts has exceeded its goal of $100,000. 

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    The biggest construction project in Springfield, Massachusetts in nearly 50 years is causing downtown parking woes. The proposed solution to the problem: free valet parking.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican in a heavily Democratic state, stressed bipartisanship during his second State of the Commonwealth address last night.

Baker said cooperation and compromise among the members of the House and Senate, and between the legislature and his administration had made Massachusetts stronger, resulting in record-low unemployment rates, higher student test scores, and progress in tackling a number of daunting problems including opioid addiction and family homelessness.

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   Massachusetts lawmakers are planning to vote for a large pay increase for themselves, other top elected state officials and judges.  A top legislative leader, addressing a business group in Springfield this morning, strongly defended the pay raises as long overdue.

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   A skilled workforce is needed in Massachusetts to keep the innovation economy humming, and state officials have decided the solution starts in high school. 

   Adults in Massachusetts can legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use, and even grow up to a dozen plants at home.  But, it may be a while before people can go to a store in their neighborhood to purchase pot products.

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     For many in Massachusetts, Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States was no cause for celebration. 

A skilled workforce is needed in Massachusetts to keep the innovation economy humming, and state officials have decided the solution starts in high school.

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   There won’t be much celebrating in Massachusetts Friday when Donald Trump becomes president of the United States.

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Massachusetts lawmakers are holding a hearing Thursday on the often controversial topic of their own pay. 

         Criminal justice reforms are expected to be debated in the Massachusetts legislature during the two-year session that began this month.  Already, one bill has been filed at the request of a mayor who says rules about bail need to change to keep violent criminals off the streets.

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       Massachusetts Health Quality Partners today reported the results of its latest statewide patient experience survey.

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For the first time in five years, Massachusetts is offering financial help to build new public libraries.  Demand for the money is expected to be high.

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   A western Massachusetts jail was put on lockdown and searched from top to bottom Tuesday at the direction of the new Hampden County Sheriff. 

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is holding a post-election town hall in Springfield tomorrow evening.

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After years of delay and false starts, plans have been unveiled in Springfield, Massachusetts for a permanent 9/11 memorial that will include a piece of steel from the destroyed World Trade Center.

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       A developer is being sought to purchase and restore one of the most unique buildings in western Massachusetts.  Historic preservationists are offering a financial incentive from a pot of casino money.

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    A weekend of events commemorating the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. 90 years ago is under way in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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        The American Friends Service Committee of western Massachusetts will hold its 33rd Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration Monday in Northampton.

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      Developers are being sought to buy and restore one of the most unusual buildings in western Massachusetts.

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       A community college in western Massachusetts welcomed a new president this week. 

       Christina Royal is just the fourth president in the 70-year history of Holyoke Community College. She is the first woman to hold the office.  

       Royal spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

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     A community college in western Massachusetts welcomed a new president this week.

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