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
12:34 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Hundreds Of Thousands Of Holiday Lights Shine In City Park

Credit Spirit of Springfield

A switch will be thrown at 5 this evening to illuminate the largest holiday light display in the Northeast.  Bright Nights in Forest Park in Springfield, Massachusetts is beginning its 19th year.  It is just one of several events and activities that will be produced during the next month by Spirit of Springfield.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the non-profit organization’s president Judy Matt

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New England News
6:12 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

UMass To Open Satellite Campus In Springfield

The University of Massachusetts plans to open its first-ever satellite campus next fall in downtown Springfield.  University and city officials believe the venture will be mutually beneficial.

The UMass satellite campus will be situated in the 30-story Tower Square office building on Main Street in downtown Springfield.  Officials say the expanded presence of the state’s land grant university in the largest city in western Massachusetts will afford students more degree opportunities while infusing downtown Springfield with vitality.

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New England News
4:06 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Recount Confirms Mohegan Sun Casino Defeat In Palmer

Iris Cardin, a leader of the anti-casino campaign in Palmer, MA. A recount of the Nov. 5th 2013 vote confirmed the defeat of a $1billion casino project proposed by Mohegan Sun
Credit WAMC

A recount Tuesday confirmed the defeat of a $1 billion casino development proposed by Mohegan Sun in the western Massachusetts town of Palmer

   The hand count of 5221 ballots changed just one vote.  The casino project was defeated by a 94 vote margin--one more than the machine count on November 5th.    Iris Cardin, co-chair of Quaboag Valley Against Casinos said she is elated.

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New England News
4:01 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Recount To Be Held On Palmer Casino Vote

Supporters and opponents of Mohegan Sun's casino project are seen outside a polling place in Palmer, MA on Nov. 5, 2013
Credit WAMC

A recount will take place today of the vote that killed a $1 billion casino project in the western Massachusetts town of Palmer.

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New England News
6:26 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

First Bike Lanes Designated In Springfield

A new bike lane on Plumtree Road in Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

Although bike lanes are a common sight on many urban streets, the third- largest city in Massachusetts only recently opened its first designated lanes for bicycles.  But plans are in the works to make Springfield a more bicycle and pedestrian friendly city

   About a dozen bicyclists braved the below freezing weather Monday afternoon to peddle along the newly marked bike lanes on Springfield’s Plumtree Road with encouragement from Mayor Domenic Sarno. The mayor joined city residents, bicycling advocates and urban planners to celebrate the completion of the bike lane project.

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New England News
4:46 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Glitches Impact Massachusetts Online Health Insurance Marketplace

Jean Yang, executive director of the Massachusetts Health Connector
Credit WAMC

Officials with the Massachusetts Health Connector say they are working to resolve technical troubles with the website for the state’s online insurance marketplace

Since Massachusetts launched a new website October 1st to get the state’s insurance plans aligned with the national Affordable Care Act there have been persistent problems including freeze-ups and faulty links.  The open enrollment period has been extended to the end of March. The state’s top consumer watchdog, Barbara Anthony, stresses no one has lost insurance coverage.

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New England News
12:53 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Massachusetts' Top Consumer Watchdog Offers Holiday Shopping Advise

Barbara Anthony,Massachusetts Undersecretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

The holiday shopping season begins this week with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Barbara Anthony who heads the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation says there are some things people need to keep in mind to have a safe and enjoyable shopping experience.   She spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill

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New England News
11:48 am
Sat November 23, 2013

Springfield Teachers Get High Marks In New Evaluations

Springfield Public School Superintendent Dan Warwick
Credit SPS

Education officials in Massachusetts have praised the Springfield Public Schools for implementing a new teacher evaluation system.

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New England News
6:12 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

John F. Kennedy Remembered At Eternal Flame Ceremony

The eternal flame memorial to John F. Kennedy in Forest Park Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

The life of the 35th President of the United States was remembered in Springfield, Massachusetts this afternoon.  Hundreds of people turned out for a commemoration at the only eternal flame dedicated to John F. Kennedy other than at his gravesite.

It was a solemn tribute on a cloudy damp day in Springfield’s Forest Park, where the eternal flame memorial to John F. Kennedy was established just one year after his assassination.  There was a moment of silence. Three red roses were placed at the base of the memorial stone. A wreath was placed at the foot of the eternal flame.

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New England News
12:38 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Field Of Casino Competitors Shrinks As Application Deadline Nears

Credit commons.wikimedia.org

When Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed the law two years ago legalizing casino gambling in Massachusetts there were great expectations for thousands of jobs and tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue. Now as the end-of-the year deadline approaches for final applications for gaming licenses there is great uncertainty.

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