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
6:55 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Groups Say Federal Budget Breakdown Hurts Democracy

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Good government groups are decrying the shutdown of the federal government as a blow to participatory democracy.

The shutdown is emblematic of the breakdown in the appropriations process in Congress. Jo Comerford, executive director of  the National Priorities Project, a Northampton-based organization that tracks federal spending ,said it has been ten years since Congress met the Oct 1 deadline to pass a budget

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New England News
12:20 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Impact Of Government Shutdown On Economy Seen As Minor,Reversable

The Massachusetts economy is already feeling the impact of  federal budget cuts.  Leading regional economists warn the federal government shutdown and the looming debt ceiling crisis could compound the problems.

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New England News
4:03 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Committee Looks Into Student Loans And Debt

Members of the Massachusetts Legislature's Joint Committee on Higher Education at a public hearing on student loans and debt held at Holyoke Community College
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Members of the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Higher Education are investigating student debt. They hope to make some recommendations on the complex issue of the cost of higher education and the burden it has become on many people.

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New England News
12:33 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Community Radio Still A Voice Of Advocacy

The Five College Consortium in western Massachusetts is hosting guest lecturers in social justice advocacy this fall. One of the social justice practitioners-in-residence is Pete Tridish, a longtime community radio advocate. He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

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New England News
5:49 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Massachusetts Repeals "Tech Tax" After Just Two Months

Massachusetts lawmakers have repealed the so-called “tech-tax”.

Less than two months after approving a sales tax on computer software services as part of a $500 million dollar transportation tax bill, legislators eliminated it before a single penny was ever collected. Political consultant Tony Cignoli said leaders of the state’s technology industry managed to swiftly convince legislators they’d made a mistake that would do great harm to the state’s economy.

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New England News
4:36 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Climate Change Conference Aims For Action Plan

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People from diverse backgrounds are meeting in Springfield, Massachusetts Saturday for a conference on climate change. 

The free conference at Trinity United Methodist Church is organized by Climate Action Now, Arise For Social Justice, and the NAACP.  Bringing together environmental, anti-poverty, and civil rights activists underscores the wide-ranging impact of climate change, according to Michaelann Bewsee of Arise For Social Justice.

Conference workshops will look at the impact of climate change on food supply and price, public health and transportation.

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New England News
4:53 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Work With Child Abuse Victims Brings Center National Recognition

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A partnership between physicians and police in western Massachusetts to help child abuse victims has earned national accreditation.

   The Family Advocacy Center of Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield is part of a national network of  775 child trauma centers accredited by the National Children’s Alliance.  Dr. Stephen  Boos, the co-medical director said the center helps children impacted by physical and sexual abuse, and exposed to violence at home, in school and on the streets.

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New England News
3:47 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Hampden District Attorney Nominated To Federal Judgeship

Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni announces the re-accreditation of the Family Advocacy Center. It is an undertaking of Baystate Children's Hospital and local law enforcement to work with child abuse victims
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A top prosecutor in western Massachusetts may soon become a federal judge.  It would fill a vacancy in the federal court in Springfield that local attorneys say is causing cases to be moved to Boston.

President Obama has nominated  Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts. Mastroianni, speaking with reporters, said he received a phone call from the White House Tuesday morning informing him of the nomination.

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New England News
5:23 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Massachusetts House To Vote To Repeal "Tech Tax"

The Massachusetts House is expected to vote Wednesday to repeal the new sales tax on computer software services.

The so-called “ tech tax “was part of a package of  tax increases the Legislature approved in July to raise $500 million for transportation, education and local aid.  But legislative leaders and Governor Patrick say they’ve been persuaded by critics, such as Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation that the  tax is bad for business.

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New England News
5:32 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

City Park Dedicated To Massachusetts Congressman

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The city of Springfield, Massachusetts opened a new public park Monday and dedicated it to Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal.

The dean of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation said the dedication of the Congressman Richard E. Neal Indian Orchard Community Park is a “nice honor” and something he stressed he did not ask for. Neal said Springfield’s parks system is one of the best in America

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