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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New England News
6:22 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

City's Longest Serving DPW Chief Announces Retirement

Springfield City Engineer Chris Cignoli, who will become the DPW Director on June 1st when Al Chwalek retires.
Credit WAMC

The longest serving director of public works in Springfield, Massachusetts is calling it a career. The city’s mayor has announced plans for a smooth transition in a department responsible for many essential city services.

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New England News
4:56 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Awarding Of Casino License Could Help Put Springfield Budget In The Black

Credit MGM Springfield

Budget-writers for the city of Springfield, Massachusetts must work to close a $21.5 million dollar gap.

Springfield’s Chief Administration and Finance Officer T.J. Plante said through a combination of finding additional revenue sources, tapping into reserves, and cutting spending the city will come up with a balanced budget in time for the new fiscal year on July 1st.

"We are going to do everything we can to avoid service cuts and layoffs," said Plante.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Incoming Springfield Police Commissioner Stresses Proactive Approach To Crime

Springfield Police Deputy Chief John Barbieri speaks at a March 19,2014 news conference after Mayor Domenic Sarno announced he would appoint Barbieri to be the next police commissioner effective June 1st.
Credit WAMC

The incoming police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts last night made a highly anticipated public presentation of his crime-fighting plans.  It is a series of five strategic objects designed to make the police department more efficient and accountable.

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New England News
10:29 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Incoming Springfield Police Commissioner Details Priority Objectives

Credit City of Springfield

The next police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts made a highly anticipated public presentation of his crime fighting plans to an audience of 250 people last night

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Incoming police commissioner John Barbieri proposes a more proactive approach to crime fighting by shifting police from plain clothes investigative units to patrolling city neighborhoods in uniform. He wants to improve response times by using real time crime trend data.

"Arrests  alone will not solve long-term problems in our city."

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New England News
4:54 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Arbitrators To Decide Casino Mitigation Payments To Two Springfield Suburbs

An artist's rendering shows MGM's proposed $800 million casino in downtown Springfield
Credit MGM Springfield

Arbitrators have been chosen to decide how much two Massachusetts communities will be paid by MGM to mitigate the impacts of the proposed casino in downtown Springfield.

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New England News
12:59 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Nonprofit Organization Sets 10-year Plan To Revitalize Neighborhood

Members of the staff and board of Rebuilding Together Springfield
Credit Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together, a national non-profit that works to preserve affordable housing, has announced a multi-year effort in Springfield, Massachusetts to repair hundreds of homes in one of the poorest neighborhoods in America.   The work in the Old Hill Neighborhood started with the successful rehab of 25 homes on a single day last year.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Rebuilding Together Springfield Executive Director Colleen Loveless.

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New England News
10:32 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Crime-fighting Plan To Be Presented At Public Meeting

The incoming police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts is going to unveil a crime-fighting plan.

   Incoming Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri says he has a five point strategic plan, that he will detail at a public forum Monday evening at the Van Sickle Middle School.  Barbieri says it includes more pro-active police patrols and a real time response to crime trends

   "If my vision is successful it will involve mutual collaboration to improve the conditions in this city to affect fear of crime, crime and the conditions that foster crime."

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New England News
5:28 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Budget Season Begins For Massachusetts Municipalities

Credit WAMC

Municipal officials in Massachusetts are beginning to put together budgets with one annual uncertainty—how much state aid to expect.

Governor Deval Patrick has proposed to level fund un-restricted local aid to the state’s cities and towns. House Speaker Robert Deleo said his chamber’s version of the next state budget will contain an increase in state aid.   Patrick points out he has proposed record levels of spending on local schools and increased state funding for municipal streets and sidewalk work.

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New England News
6:23 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

State Funds Cancer Research Project At Western New England University

Western New England University's Sleith Hall which houses the engineering department
Credit WAMC

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has awarded a major grant to Western New England University in Springfield for a cancer research project.

Western New England University will use the $500,000 grant to purchase equipment for the development of new tests for cancer drugs using live cells from cancer patients.  Dr. Anthony English, a professor of biomedical engineering said it will be cutting edge research that could lead to the production of more cost-effective personalized cancer treatments.

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New England News
6:24 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Springfield's Next Police Commissioner Signs Contract

Springfield Police Deputy Chief John Barbieri, who will become police commissioner on June 1, 2014
Credit City of Springfield

The next police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts has signed a five-year contract, and plans to reveal a crime-fighting plan.

    The incoming commissioner, John Barbieri will be paid $167,000 a year. It is the same salary as the current commissioner, William Fitchet, who will retire at the end of May.  Barbieri was chosen by Mayor Domenic Sarno who interviewed the Springfield Police Department’s three current deputy chiefs for the job and no other candidates – a process that was heavily criticized by some city councilors and community groups.

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