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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Hampshire College

The American flag was raised at Hampshire College this morning, two weeks after the removal of the Stars and Stripes drew national attention, sharp criticism and protests outside the campus of the small liberal arts school in Amherst. 

A scene from the Bright Nights at Forest Park light display
Spirit of Springfield

One of the largest holiday light displays in the Northeast is back for a 22nd year in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The Macy’s Parade in New York is not the only one featuring big balloons this Thanksgiving weekend.    Springfield has a parade Friday.

The chief legal counsel for the city of Springfield, Massachusetts is advising the city council not to move forward with a plan to put a board of civilians in charge of the police department.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno on stage

       In an updated report, city officials in Springfield, Massachusetts are highlighting more than $3.3 billion in development projects over the last five years. 


    A consumer group is out with its annual survey on toy safety. This year’s report highlights the availability of toys that have been subjected to recalls. 


      Religious leaders in western Massachusetts are condemning acts of intolerance that have been reported locally since the election.

Religious leaders plan an interfaith blessing Saturday on a western Massachusetts mountaintop where racist, anti-Semitic graffiti was spotted around the time of the election.

     Massachusetts municipal officials are trying to figure out how to implement the voter-approved law that legalizes marijuana for recreational use. There’s a lot to do before pot shops begin to open in Massachusetts in a little more than a year from now.

An artists rendering of the proposed MGM Casino in Springfield, MA

MGM is poised to take a role in managing the state-owned convention center in Springfield, Massachusetts, where the Las Vegas-based company is building a casino.

     Massachusetts municipal officials are trying to figure out how to implement the voter-approved law that legalizes marijuana for recreational use.


The head of the health insurance exchange in Massachusetts addressed the uncertainty over the future of the Affordable Care Act during a visit to Springfield today to launch a new multilingual outreach campaign.

       Plans are moving ahead to resettle 51 refugees, including some from Syria, in Northampton, Massachusetts. There are questions about how United States’ refugee policy might change under the administration of Donald Trump.  

       WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Kathryn Buckley-Brawner, executive director Catholic Charities of Springfield, the agency that is working to resettle the refugees.

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Massachusetts officials are making additional funds available to continue testing for lead in the water in public school buildings.


      Responding to recent allegations of police misconduct, the Springfield City Council has taken an initial step toward having a civilian board oversee the department. 


        The way is clear for the first medical marijuana dispensary to open in the largest city in western Massachusetts. A development agreement leaves open the possibility of additional sites for medical cannabis in Springfield.

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst announced today the completion of the largest fund- raising campaign in the history of Massachusetts public higher education.


   In the wake of scandal over alleged misconduct, the city council in Springfield, Massachusetts is poised to vote tonight to put a board of civilians in charge of all police department personnel decisions. The move is strongly opposed by the city’s mayor. 

The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts Monday will consider legislation to put a civilian board in charge of the police department.


The implementation of all-electronic open road tolling and the demolition of toll booths along the Massachusetts Turnpike is ahead of schedule.


    An automobile parts manufacturer has received the final local approvals to expand a facility in western Massachusetts that will result in new jobs.


     Numerous ceremonies took place across the region Friday to thank veterans for their service.

     On a campus lawn ringed by small American flags, Western New England University saluted people who are currently serving in the military and those who have served in the past.

      There was a wreath-laying, a 21-gun salute, and the playing of taps.

      A parade was held in Springfield from the Armory to City Hall, and a ceremony was scheduled at the Vietnam War Memorial in Mason Square – the oldest permanent Vietnam War Memorial in the country.  


     Homeless veterans can now apply to rent a studio apartment in a new building next to a veterans outreach center in Springfield, Massachusetts.  The complex is the culmination of years of work by a Vietnam War veteran who has dedicated his life to helping fellow veterans.

    A new agreement has been reached that could lead to the opening of the first medical marijuana dispensary in Springfield, Massachusetts.


     In the wake of police misconduct allegations, city councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts have announced a proposal to have a civilian board oversee the police department.

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Facebook: Massachusetts Marijuana Initiative 2016

    Massachusetts voters Tuesday legalized marijuana for recreational use by adults, and soundly rejected a proposed expansion of charter schools in two of the most watched and hotly contested ballot referendums.


       Voters are going to the polls in high numbers across Massachusetts to cast ballots in the race for president and to decide a series of ballot questions including whether to legalize marijuana and expand charter schools. 

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        Changes are being considered to a landmark municipal ordinance in Massachusetts that regulated public construction projects to promote local and minority employment, but has gone largely unenforced. 

City councilors and labor union leaders in Springfield are trying to put teeth into the city’s Responsible Employer Ordinance, which when it passed in 2008 was the first of its kind in Massachusetts, but has since been weakened by court challenges and haphazard enforcement.

The most competitive and expensive campaign in Massachusetts this election year has been over a ballot question.  Opponents and proponents of charter schools have spent months canvassing door-to-door and waged an air war of competing ads.

If Question 2 passes, it would allow for up to 12 new charter schools per year to open in Massachusetts.  Charter schools, which were first authorized in Massachusetts in 1993, are publicly funded, overseen by state education officials, and can function independently of local school districts.

Holyoke Community College

An administrator from a Minnesota community college has been recommended to be the first woman president at a western Massachusetts community college.