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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  A western Massachusetts city marked National Consumer Protection Week by shutting down a Springfield automobile dealership that had been the subject of complaints.

Springfield JCC

       An interfaith vigil is scheduled for this evening at the Jewish Community Center in Springfield, Massachusetts where a bomb threat forced an evacuation a week ago.

The Baker administration is proposing that Massachusetts assume greater responsibility for water quality protection.

Massachusetts casino industry regulators will be asked to help pay to build a new studio for Springfield’s public access cable television.  It is the latest request to tap a fund established to mitigate problems arising from the construction of resort casinos in the Bay State. 

    Massachusetts casino industry regulators will be asked to help pay to build a new studio for Springfield’s public access cable television.


     Republicans in the Massachusetts Senate want to reimburse cities and towns for the state-mandated costs of last year’s early voting program.

UMass President Marty Meehan speaking from a podium
University of Massachusetts

  University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan delivered an inaugural state of the university address Monday evening highlighting the public university’s importance to the state’s economy and pledging support for its international scholars. 


The countdown is on to the public re-opening of Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts following a $95 million dollar restoration.

        Voters in several cities including Pittsfield, Holyoke, Springfield and Boston approved referendums last November to adopt the Community Preservation Act. 

       It puts a surcharge on property tax bills to create a fund to pay for historic preservation, open space and affordable housing projects. 

      Now, the process of actually implementing the CPA is underway. 

      WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Robert McCarroll, who headed the citizen committee that advocated for the CPA in Springfield.


Republicans in the Massachusetts Senate plan to introduce a bill to reimburse cities and towns for the mandated costs of last year’s early voting. 

As two big resort casinos are under construction in Massachusetts, state lawmakers are looking into whether to allow online gambling.

To satisfy a commitment to build market-rate housing in downtown Springfield, MGM has now apparently decided to redevelop a long-vacant building located just a block from its resort casino project.

The first casino under construction in western Massachusetts remains on pace to open as scheduled before the end of next year.  But, by then, the MGM Springfield casino may be facing a different competitive landscape.

  Massachusetts gaming industry regulators meeting in Springfield Thursday were told significant progress is being made on constructing the MGM casino, which could face additional competition by the time it opens in 2018. 


   There is a diversity gap in the public schools in Massachusetts. As the student population in the state has grown more diverse over the last several years, the state’s teaching corps has remained predominately white.   Some school districts are trying to close the gap.

A store in Springfield, Massachusetts that was reportedly trying to skirt the ban on retail marijuana sales  was closed by police Wednesday.

"States of Incarceration" will be displayed at the Wauregan in Holyoke March 1-12 and at Forbes Library in Northampton from March 13-30.
Chris Choi

The first national traveling exhibition on the history of mass incarceration in the United States will have its Massachusetts premiere tonight in Holyoke.

      As President Donald Trump delivers his first speech to a joint session of Congress in prime time tonight his job approval ratings are historically low. 


   State officials led by Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito visited the town of Conway Monday to see firsthand the damage caused by Saturday’s freak February tornado, and to assure residents the state will help the small town rebuild.


Cleanup and damage assessment continues in the western Massachusetts town of Conway where a tornado touched down over the weekend.


        The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down in western Massachusetts over the weekend. 

         It is the first recorded February tornado in Massachusetts since official record keeping started in 1950.  

          WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Christopher Besse, the spokesman for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.



       Members have been named to a special committee charged with finding ways to improve police-community relations following misconduct scandals in the third-largest city in Massachusetts.

With the opening of the MGM Springfield casino 18 months away, plans are in the works to put more police downtown.


Construction of the first casino in western Massachusetts, the MGM Springfield, has reached the halfway point.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Early voting for the 2016 election in Massachusetts proved to be very popular and by all accounts successful.  Now, the state auditor has determined who should foot the bill. 

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

   Back-to-back big storms have prompted public safety officials in Massachusetts to issue a warning about snow on the roofs of buildings.

       Downtown Northampton saw an increase in key economic indicators in 2016, according to a report compiled by city officials.


The first early voting held in Massachusetts last year was very successful, but it proved expensive for cities and towns, and the state auditor said Tuesday the state should pay some of the costs. 


  No developer has stepped forward yet with an offer to purchase and restore one of the most unique buildings in western Massachusetts. But late today, the deadline to put in a bid was extended.

  A western Massachusetts city has undertaken several initiatives to revitalize its downtown, from improving public safety to attracting new housing.