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 has researched a milestone in the state’s solar power development goal.

   Massachusetts has installed more than 841 megawatts of solar electricity, putting it more than halfway toward a goal of 1,600 megawatts by 2020.  Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Sec. Matthew Beaton made the announcement Thursday at a solar event in Worcester. 

  Gov. Charlie Baker  has said his administration is committed to a diversified energy portfolio.

  " We certainly support a robust renewable ( energy) program," he said


Martin Meehan, the president-elect of the University of Massachusetts, visited the flagship Amherst campus today.   It was his first campus visit since he was chosen to be the system president by a unanimous vote of the UMass Board of Trustees last Friday.  Meehan, a former U.S. Congressman and current chancellor at UMass Lowell, took questions from a group of students.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is urging state legislators not to delay the start of  a new law requiring paid sick time for most workers.

Business leaders have called for at least a 90-day delay to the July 1st   implementation of the earned sick time law voters overwhelmingly approved last fall.  Final regulations that are being written by the attorney general’s office won’t be out until June.

Jeff Ciuffreda, president of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce said there is concern about how the regulations will impact small businesses.


Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito is working to build strong ties between the Baker administration and municipal government leaders.   She is doing it one small meeting at a time as she travels around the state. 

Polito has visited more than 40 municipalities in Massachusetts since late January, leaving her with more than 300 to go. Her plan is to visit all 351 communities in the state before her first four-year term is up.


The owners of apartment buildings in Holyoke that are deemed to be “hot spots” for criminal activity will receive letters warning they must develop a security plan in collaboration with the local police or risk losing the building to receivership and possibly face criminal charges.

At a Holyoke City Hall press conference Monday, Mayor Alex Morse and Police Chief James Neiswanger held up a letter printed on red paper stock that was sent to the owner of a 40-unit apartment building where police were called more than 250 times in a six- month period last year. 

With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expected to announce new carbon standards for power plants this summer, a scientific study released today says strong standards would provide immediate health benefits.

A comprehensive regional economic development strategy, “The Pioneer Valley Plan for Progress” was released this morning.   It is a ten-year update on a document the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission first produced in 1995. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the planning commission’s executive director Tim Brennan.

     A former US Congressman has been selected to lead the University of Massachusett.

         Martin Meehan was the unanimous choice Friday of the UMass Board of Trustees to become the five-campus system’s next president.  Meehan, the current chancellor at UMass Lowell, was praised as a results-driven, visionary leader by board chairman Victor Woolridge of Springfield.  

              Randy Phillis, president of the union that represents professors and librarians called on Meehan to honor negotiated pay raises.

The Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, Mitchell Chester, is in Holyoke today.  It is his first visit since a state education board voted earlier this week to put the city’s public schools under state control.


Massachusetts Lt. Governor Karen Polito has visited more than 40 cities and towns since late January as she continues to work on improving relations between the Baker administration and the state’s municipalities.

   Polito on Thursday made stops in Agawam, Westfield, West Springfield, and Springfield where she held a private hour-long meeting with Mayor Domenic Sarno and top city officials.