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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Can a suit really make a difference in a young man’s life?  A newly launched organization to mentor young men in Springfield, Massachusetts believes attire and attitude go hand-in-hand.

The small storefront on Worthington Street in Springfield’s bar and restaurant district looks like any men’s clothing store.  There are racks of suit coats and trousers along with tables where starched dress shirts and neatly folded silk ties are displayed.  But there is more here than just style.

A knife-wielding man shot dead by police in Boston Tuesday was being watched by a terrorism task force.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said investigators had no choice but to shoot 26 year old Usaama Rahim because he “came at the officers” with a large “ military-style knife” and would not put it down despite repeated orders to do so. 

A Boston police officer and an FBI agent had approached Rahim to question him.  Vincent Lisi, the head of the Boston FBI , would not say why Rahim was being investigated.


A veteran educator with a track record of turning around struggling urban schools will be put in charge of a troubled western Massachusetts school system. The state’s education commissioner has appointed the current superintendent of schools in Wakefield as receiver for the Holyoke public schools.

Stephen Zrike, who was a principal at three Boston schools and led a network of elementary schools in Chicago, will now be in charge of the effort to improve student achievement at one of the worst school districts in the state.


A veteran educator has been picked to lead a troubled western Massachusetts school district.

Stephen Zrike was introduced Monday as the receiver for the Holyoke Public Schools.

Zrike, who helped turnaround schools in Boston and Chicago will now be in charge of improving student achievement at one the worst school districts in the state.


Federal and local officials Monday highlighted the rebuilding and recovery that occurred since a powerful tornado tore into western Massachusetts four years ago.

   Top officials with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development got a first- hand look at the new homes built, businesses re-opened, public parks renovated, and trees planted along the 6.2 mile path the tornado carved through several neighborhoods in Springfield.  


Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren visited a mentoring program for at risk young men in Springfield today.  She urged local social service providers to be politically active.

Warren visited Suit Up Springfield, a recently launched non-profit that provides professional attire – suits, dress shirts, ties, and accessories – along with guidance and advice to young men who’ve had run-ins with the law but want to turn their lives around.


The first Catholic high school named for the current pope will be built in western Massachusetts.

   The Springfield Diocese Friday said a new regional school will be named Pope Francis High School. 

   The new school is the result of a merger of Cathedral High School and Holyoke Catholic High School.  The union was a product of a study to determine if Cathedral High should be rebuilt after it was severely damaged by a tornado four years ago this Monday.

A new law goes into effect on July 1st in Massachusetts that entitles most employees to earn and use sick time.  The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office is holding more than a dozen listening sessions and formal public hearings across the state on the new law.   A public hearing took place Friday t in Springfield.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

           The Connecticut legislature has taken a tentative step toward expanding casino gambling.

The Connecticut House early Friday morning approved a bill that permits the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal nations to enter negotiations with communities interested in hosting a casino.

The bill passed the Senate earlier. 

The two tribes, that currently operate casinos in Connecticut, are hoping to develop a casino in the I-91 corridor to compete with the MGM Springfield resort casino.

People will have a chance Friday to weigh-in on a new law in Massachusetts requiring paid sick leave for most workers. 

Officials from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office will hold a hearing in Springfield Friday on implementing the voter-approved law that takes effect July 1st.  

Springfield Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Ciuffreda said employers have a lot of questions about the law.

"  Anytime something is written on the ballot it leaves a lot to the regulators," he said.