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 new piece of public art is on display in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts. It represents a first for the city in more than one way.

     Elected officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts are expected to go on record today in support of a bid for Amazon’s second headquarters. 

The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts will be asked to vote Monday on a resolution supporting a bid to lure Amazon’s new headquarters to western Massachusetts.

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Disparaging comments by a school librarian in Cambridge, Massachusetts about Dr. Seuss are not sitting well in the hometown of the children’s book author.

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Two western Massachusetts municipalities with large Puerto Rican populations are prepping for a possible large influx of people from the devastated island.

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    MGM Springfield has announced partnerships with two local institutions and revealed a major retail tenant for the $960 million resort casino that is scheduled to open in western Massachusetts next fall. 

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           City and MGM Springfield officials declared a milestone had been reached in the development of the region’s first resort casino.

    A nonprofit arts organization in western Massachusetts is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend.

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   The city of Northampton will ask Massachusetts casino regulators Thursday for $100,000 to help offset the impact of the MGM Springfield casino.

Violent crime has increased nationally, according to the latest FBI report. But the largest city in western Massachusetts is bucking the trend.

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    With the first resort casino in Massachusetts opening in the fall of 2018, MGM Springfield has begun a campaign to attract potential employees.

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      Massachusetts loses an average of 42,000 jobs a year due to small business closings.

     Western Massachusetts, home to a large Puerto Rican population, is mobilizing relief efforts for the island that was devastated by Hurricane Maria.

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A new online course is available on human trafficking.

Westfield State University has opened an investigation after a racial slur was written on student’s door on the Massachusetts college campus.

    A change in leadership is coming at a nonprofit economic development corporation in western Massachusetts.

       The AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts, which was formed almost 25 years ago, is closing down.

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New permanent housing for homeless military veterans will be dedicated Monday in western Massachusetts. 

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Massachusetts is less than a year away from opening its first full-scale resort casino.

    The announcement that Amazon is looking for a site to develop a second headquarters has city and state official across the country racing to put together proposals.  A robust in-state competition is shaping up in Massachusetts.

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The Big E, the largest fair on the East Coast, is about to open its gates for the 2017 edition of the venerable agricultural fair.

Western Massachusetts is planning to make a pitch for Amazon’s second headquarters.

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    As the big utility company Eversource scouts locations across the state to generate solar power, Western Massachusetts has become a big player.

       A special committee that is working to identify ways to improve relations between the police and the community in Springfield, Massachusetts is soliciting residents’ opinions through an online survey.

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   A fundraising effort was launched today in Springfield, Massachusetts to support a planned new state-of-the-art public branch library building.

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Voters in Massachusetts in 2018 may decide on a major tax cut, raising the minimum wage, and putting a surtax on the state’s highest earners along with several other issues that have been cleared legally as potential ballot questions.

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Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, speaking at a labor day breakfast in western Massachusetts on Friday, denounced President Trump’s moral leadership. The Democrat stressed values she said she shares with union leaders.

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is in western Massachusetts today. 

She spoke this morning at the Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council’s annual Labor Day breakfast.  This afternoon, the Democrat is scheduled to tour the Northampton VA Medical Center.   

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke exclusively with Warren following her speech at the breakfast in Chicopee.

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The end of an era for the U.S. Air Force will occur Thursday in western Massachusetts.

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  With a highly competitive and crowded field of candidates for City Council and School Committee, the League of Women Voters in Springfield, Massachusetts has launched an interactive online voters’ guide.

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