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 Years Eve revelry is not just for adults. In western Massachusetts, for the 19th year, the Children’s Museum at Holyoke is putting on First Night Junior.

       WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the museum’s operations manager, Diane West.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno
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Plans for the fourth inauguration of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno have been announced by the mayor’s office.

        Sarno will be formally inaugurated for a new four-year term Monday Jan. 4th at a public ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. in the Old First Church.

  Sarno, who became mayor in 2008, won re-election by a landslide margin last November. 

  " I love this job, I love this job," Sarno said on election night.

Gov Baker participates in a roundtable discussion on education
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, who is a strong advocate for more charter schools, recently visited a charter school-like program operated by a public-private partnership in Springfield.

The middle schools in Springfield began a dramatic transformation just about a year ago in a bid to lift the schools out of the bottom academic rung and avert a likely state takeover. The schools were placed under the control of a board with representatives appointed by the city, the state education department, and Empower Schools, a private education company.

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Massachusetts state tax credits have been approved for three companies that are planning expansion projects in the Pioneer Valley that will create new jobs.

The Massachusetts Economic Assistance Coordinating Council approved a new round of state investment tax credits for nine projects statewide including ones in Springfield, Holyoke, and Westfield that promise to create a total of 139 new jobs.

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The head of the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services was confronted at a meeting today by residents of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, family members, and veterans’ advocates over staffing levels and state financial support for the long-term care facility, which is undergoing a management shakeup.

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As winter begins here in the Northeast, the only thing falling when it comes to temperatures is records.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Michael Rawlins, manager of the Climate System Research Center at UMass Amherst.

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Massachusetts State Officials plan to attend meetings Wednesday at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, where a management shakeup is taking place.

Representatives from the state Department of Veterans Services plan to attend the board of trustees meeting which is to be followed by a forum where residents and their families can ask questions.

Gov. Charlie Baker said last week the announcements that the top three officials at the state-owned nursing home for veterans will soon leave has his administration’s full attention.

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MGM  has secured approvals from Massachusetts casino industry regulators and the city of Springfield’s legislative body that allow it to demolish buildings and do other work to prepare the site where the company proposes to build a $950 million casino. After almost a year of delays, there could soon be significant construction work on the project.

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One of the busiest city clerk’s offices in New England will be under new leadership after the first of the year.

Springfield, Massachusetts City Clerk Wayman Lee, who was the first black to serve as city clerk when he was appointed in 2006, is retiring after a municipal government career that started in 1988 when he began working for the city as an associate city solicitor.

" It has been a great run,"  Lee said. " I love this city."

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said Lee has done an outstanding job and has been a “tested and true” city employee. 

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A national charity that provides babies and pre-teen children living in poverty with essentials including clothing, shoes, toys, and school supplies is expanding into western Massachusetts from its base in the Boston area.

Before the new school year started last fall in Springfield, 6,400 children received backpacks full of school supplies at no cost to their families.  Now, more than 1,000 homeless children in the Springfield schools will get free winter coats.  The donations are the product of a new partnership between the city’s public schools and Cradles to Crayons.

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