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 nonprofit devoted to preserving housing stock in western Massachusetts is bringing its signature single day block rebuild to Holyoke for the first time.  

A dozen row houses on Beech Street in Holyoke will have leaky roofs patched, masonry repaired, energy-efficient windows and doors installed, steps fixed, railings added, and more. Much of the work will be done on a single day this week, Thursday, when hundreds of volunteers, including some skilled contractors, descend on the block.

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  An organization dedicated to preserving the housing stock in western Massachusetts is repairing a dozen row houses this week on a single street in Holyoke.

        Revitalize Community Development Corporation has signed-up about 200 volunteers who will descend on several blocks of Beech Street Thursday to help make the home improvements.

   The scope of the work includes fixing leaky roofs, masonry repairs, replacing steps and porches, and energy-efficiency upgrades.

Voters in three western Massachusetts cities Pittsfield, Springfield, and Holyoke will decide in a few weeks whether to adopt the Community Preservation Act.

“Yes for a Better Holyoke” is the campaign advocating for passage of the referendum that will appear as question 5 on the ballot in Holyoke.  

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Jason Ferreira, the spokesman for the group.

       A civil rights investigation is being sought in the case of a Springfield, Massachusetts police detective, who threatened to kill and plant drug evidence on two teenagers, but was allowed to remain on the police force.

One of the largest solar power projects in Massachusetts is being constructed on the property of a former coal-burning power plant in Holyoke. 

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    The two suspects in a deadly home invasion in a rural Massachusetts town are being held without bail following their arraignments Friday.

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   A western Massachusetts community college will likely soon have the first woman as its president in the school’s 70-year history.

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One of the largest solar power projects in Massachusetts is under construction on the property of a former coal-burning power plant in Holyoke.

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     A western Massachusetts community college will likely soon have the first woman as its president in the school’s 70-year history.

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     In response to the opioid crisis, a national drugstore chain has installed permanent medication disposal receptacles in some of its pharmacies in Massachusetts.

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     The two suspects in a deadly home invasion in a rural Massachusetts town are expected to be arraigned in District Court Friday. 

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    Dozens of blighted buildings have been torn down in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts in the last 18 months since the city council approved a $2 million demolition bond.  The city’s efforts at neighborhood revitalization were highlighted at on e such demolition project today.

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With early voting set to begin in Massachusetts in less than three weeks, two new polls questioning likely voters have been released.

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A once badly contaminated former industrial site in Springfield, Massachusetts is going to be used to grow produce for local schools and hospitals.

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     A new poll out Thursday finds Democrat Hillary Clinton enjoys a large lead over Republican Donald Trump among likely voters in Massachusetts.

The site where a coal-burning power plant operated for decades in western Massachusetts is being turned into a solar farm.

     As construction ramps up on the $950 million MGM casino in downtown Springfield, officials are taking steps to offset the serious parking and traffic problems that have resulted.

         A narcotics detective in Springfield, Massachusetts has been suspended, but not fired, after he threatened to kill and plant drug evidence on two teenagers who had stolen an unmarked police car. His actions have jeopardized a number of drug cases.

The Springfield City Council is expected to vote Monday on a resolution to oppose a state ballot question allowing for more charter schools in Massachusetts.

The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts says he endorses the police commissioner’s punishment of a detective whose actions have jeopardized a number of drug cases.

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   Hundreds of military veterans in western Massachusetts were offered help today with everything from health care to haircuts. 

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Police in a western Massachusetts city are trying to strengthen ties with the community by giving people a better insight on the work police officers do. 

The Springfield Police Department this week began a free 10-week citizens police academy. 

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Springfield police community liaison Kathleen Brown.

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        Concerns have been raised about the disciplining of a police detective in Springfield, Massachusetts after he was accused of threatening to kill and plant drug evidence on two youths.

       Springfield City Councilor Justin Hurst, joined by four of his colleagues, complained the 60-day suspension given detective Gregg Bigda by Police Commissioner John Barbieri is too lenient.

      " I think we have to ask when it comes to this case, at what point, at what standard is there when the commissioner feels a cop should be terminated," asked Hurst?

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Massachusetts officials have announced state funding for an exhibit at a new museum highlighting the life and work of a renowned children’s book author.

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     Authorities have released composite sketches of a suspect in a 24-year-old western Massachusetts murder case. The images were not produced from the recollections of witnesses, but from an analysis of the DNA of the possible killer.

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A major construction project is underway at a private college in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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       A noticeable change is occurring in the skyline of downtown Springfield, as construction work kicks into high gear on the MGM casino. 

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     A district attorney Wednesday is planning to announce what is called a “significant development” in a notorious unsolved western Massachusetts murder case.

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  The results of standardized tests given in Massachusetts schools last year are a mixed bag for the state’s second largest school system.

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The skyline of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts is getting a new temporary feature.

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