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 commander has been assigned to a western Massachusetts military base.

      Massachusetts voters may have decided last November to legalize recreational marijuana, but opponents of the pot industry are not giving up.

Massachusetts voters may have legalized marijuana, but opponents of the pot industry have not given up.

More than 1,200 amendments have been filed to the Massachusetts state budget proposed by House leaders. 


A second deadline passed this week with no offers to purchase and restore one of the most unique buildings in western Massachusetts.  Historic preservationists are left anxious over its fate.

Hampden District Attorney's Office

    Authorities have arrested twenty people alleged to be part of a major drug trafficking operation in western Massachusetts.


  The top cop in Springfield, Massachusetts said he supports body cameras for the city’s police officers but obstacles remain to using the technology. The costs might be prohibitive and there are complex legal issues.

The top cop in Springfield, Massachusetts said he supports body cameras for the city’s police officers but obstacles remain to using the technology.

An official in Amherst estimates the Massachusetts college town will have to hire two additional police officers and four emergency medical responders to prepare for the opening of retail marijuana stores. 

Living Wage Week is being observed in western Massachusetts.

Stearns Square Park

   The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts has approved a $1.5 million bond to fix up a small downtown park that is at the center of a larger urban renewal push.

The leadership in the Massachusetts House has released a proposed $40.3 billion state budget for the fiscal year that starts this July 1st. 

Stearns Square Park

The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts is expected to vote Monday to authorize $ 1.5 million to fix up a small downtown park as part of a larger redevelopment push.

A group of American workers was scheduled to depart Friday for China where they’ll be trained to manufacture subway cars in a new factory in Springfield, Massachusetts.

     Reaction was swift to President Trump’s announcement Thursday night that the U.S. had carried out a missile strike against Syria to retaliate for the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is looking to increase punishment for people who assault police officers.

Just ahead of its 65th anniversary, a nonprofit group formed to protect the Connecticut River in four New England states has changed its name.

     A forest study released today identified an economic development opportunity in rural New England.


A community campaign to improve early child literacy in Springfield, Massachusetts has won national honors.

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Although crime is down in the largest city in western Massachusetts, the head of the Springfield Police Department is hiring more officers and looking for an increase in the next city budget.

Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne Bump speaks with WAMC in 2014.
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     Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump released an audit Monday that flagged problems with how the state’s health insurance program for the poor paid claims for behavioral health services.  The people who run the state’s Medicaid program dispute the audit’s conclusions.

A treatment area in the emergency room at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield, MA

    A new government report underscores the challenge facing public health officials in Massachusetts as the opioid addiction crisis continues to grip the state.


Advocates for early education in Massachusetts are applauding this week’s funding boost announced by the Baker administration.

    An additional murder charge has been brought against two people accused of a home invasion last fall in the rural Massachusetts town of Orange.


A venerable nonprofit housing developer in western Massachusetts has announced a name change and plans for an expanded role in community development.


         A hallmark event in western Massachusetts is being put on for the 30th consecutive year this spring.

   The Democratic mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts said he spoke with White House officials Thursday about federal plans for infrastructure projects. 


A milestone was marked and a labor union tradition honored today during the construction of the first casino in western Massachusetts.

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Members of the Massachusetts State Senate are on a statewide listening tour with visits scheduled in each of the 40 Senator’s districts.

    One of the more colorful characters in Massachusetts political history has died.