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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Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne Bump speaks with WAMC in 2014.
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     Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump released an audit Monday that flagged problems with how the state’s health insurance program for the poor paid claims for behavioral health services.  The people who run the state’s Medicaid program dispute the audit’s conclusions.

A treatment area in the emergency room at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield, MA

    A new government report underscores the challenge facing public health officials in Massachusetts as the opioid addiction crisis continues to grip the state.


Advocates for early education in Massachusetts are applauding this week’s funding boost announced by the Baker administration.

    An additional murder charge has been brought against two people accused of a home invasion last fall in the rural Massachusetts town of Orange.


A venerable nonprofit housing developer in western Massachusetts has announced a name change and plans for an expanded role in community development.


         A hallmark event in western Massachusetts is being put on for the 30th consecutive year this spring.

   The Democratic mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts said he spoke with White House officials Thursday about federal plans for infrastructure projects. 


A milestone was marked and a labor union tradition honored today during the construction of the first casino in western Massachusetts.

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Members of the Massachusetts State Senate are on a statewide listening tour with visits scheduled in each of the 40 Senator’s districts.

    One of the more colorful characters in Massachusetts political history has died.


    A legislative committee looking into possible changes to the voter-approved Massachusetts marijuana law heard appeals from law enforcement, public health advocates, local government officials, and legalization proponents at a hearing in western Massachusetts last night.

The logo of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol
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      A legislative committee that is considering changes to the voter approved law legalizing recreational marijuana in Massachusetts is holding a public hearing today in West Springfield.


A legislative committee that is considering changes to the voter-approved law legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts holds a public hearing Monday in West Springfield.


More manufacturing work is coming to a rail car factory in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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    A special committee has begun working to identify ways to improve relations between the police and the community in one western Massachusetts city.


A landmark historic building in the center of the UMass Amherst campus has reopened after more than two decades and a $21 million renovation.

The Democratic mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is working to cultivate a good relationship with the Trump White House.

Springfield Sting

A new competitor in the region’s professional sports marketplace has ended its inaugural season.

A new competitor in the region’s professional sports marketplace has ended its inaugural season. 

The Springfield Sting lost a game to the New Jersey Express last weekend and was eliminated from the American Basketball Association playoffs.  

Despite going out on a tough two-point loss, the franchise’s founder and owner, Zach Baru, said it was a successful season for the first-year team.  

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

Pioneer Valley Workers Center

    The Trump administration is trying to turn up the pressure on so-called sanctuary cities, but so far activists in western Massachusetts are not backing down in their efforts to shield undocumented immigrants from deportation.

     In the face of criticism from elected officials and residents, the head of the department of public works in the largest city in western Massachusetts is defending the efforts to clear the streets of snow after last week’s big storm. 


Gearing up for a reelection campaign next year, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren today continued a recent series of meetings with Massachusetts constituents.

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     The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has launched a new advertising campaign to promote a program that will be used eventually inside all the state’s casinos to reduce problem gambling.

Stearns Square Park

  Hoping to attract more restaurants to downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, the city has begun accepting applications for a new loan program.

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has announced a partnership with a community health center on an anti-hunger initiative.

Wall Street has confirmed the financial stability of the largest city in western Massachusetts.

      The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts in partnering with a community health center on an anti-hunger initiative.


The $95 million restoration of Springfield’s Union Station is nearly complete.  Now that the opening date June 26th has been announced, the rush is on to get the transportation center ready for the traveling public. 

Artists rendering of proposed Wynn casino in Everett Mass.
Wynn Resorts

   The state’s highest court ruled Friday that a lawsuit can proceed against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission over the awarding of one of the state’s casino licenses.

        Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced legislation this week that would have the state take over administration of a water quality protection program currently run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.