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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Springfield Police Dept

This Sunday, June 4th, marks the fifth anniversary of the death of a police officer in the line of duty in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Symbol for the 439th Airlift Wing
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A new era began today at a renowned military base in western Massachusetts.


     The first museum dedicated to the life and work of revered children’s book author and illustrator Theodore Geisel – better known as Dr. Seuss -- opens to the public Saturday in Springfield, Massachusetts.


   A new tenant was announced today for the newest transportation hub in western Massachusetts that is about a month away from opening to the public.

     Firefighters in the second-largest fire department in Massachusetts will be subject to the strictest residency requirement in the state under the terms of a new contract proposal.

Preservation Massachusetts Inc

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has called for a citywide “moment of reflection” this Thursday to observe the 6th anniversary of the 2011 tornado.


    The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts has scheduled a series of public meetings on the budget proposed to operate the city in the next fiscal year.  The first of the four scheduled budget review sessions is later today, with a final vote by the council tentatively set for mid-June. 

Springfield Museums

The finishing touches are being put on a new museum in western Massachusetts.

The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts Tuesday will begin to review the proposed city budget

Five College Consortium

The Five College Consortium has opened a $14 million library annex in western Massachusetts.

MGM will likely miss a deadline for constructing part of its $950 million casino project in Springfield, Massachusetts.

City of Springfield, Office of the Mayor

        Massachusetts casino regulators are being urged to relax restrictions on people with criminal records getting jobs in the state’s casinos.

A tentative contract agreement has been reached for teachers in the second-largest school district in Massachusetts after more than a year of negotiations.

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Massachusetts casino regulators are being urged to relax restrictions on people with criminal records getting jobs in the state’s casinos.

An artists rendering of the proposed MGM Casino in Springfield, MA

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is scheduled to meet in Springfield Thursday for a progress report on the MGM casino.

Massachusetts Health Connector

A detailed analysis of the health care bill approved by House Republicans in Washington says Massachusetts would be hit particularly hard if it becomes law. 

      The still vibrant Massachusetts economy faces several uncertainties according to the latest edition of a quarterly journal.



        The city of Springfield is planning to take by eminent domain more than a dozen properties, including a public housing authority complex, to improve access and parking for a new community center.  The $10 million South End Community Center is one of the last major rebuilding projects from the tornado that struck the city six years ago next month.

    Plans have been announced for a permanent expanded police presence in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts in advance of the scheduled opening next year of the MGM casino.

The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts is preparing to tackle the $629 million budget proposed by the city’s mayor.

   Moratoriums on marijuana sales are being adopted in more and more Massachusetts communities.


    The University of Massachusetts flagship campus in Amherst is in the midst of a $1.6 billion six-year building boom. Not all the construction results in brand new state-of-the-art buildings.  Millions of dollars have gone into saving and repurposing historic structures.

        More than 200 law enforcement officers from throughout New England are expected in Springfield, Massachusetts tomorrow to discuss strategies for combating gangs, drug dealing, and human trafficking.

Governor's press office via Twitter

     Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker praised an innovative approach to improving underperforming urban schools during a visit today to a Springfield school.

A bicycle sharing station

        Originally set to begin this year, the launch of a bicycle sharing program in western Massachusetts has been pushed back to 2018. 

David Stanley, via Wikimedia Commons

   An almost decade-long dispute over food trucks on downtown streets in the largest city in western Massachusetts appears to have been resolved.   The Springfield City Council is scheduled to take a final vote tonight on a food truck ordinance.

David Stanley, via Wikimedia Commons

An almost decade-long dispute over food trucks on downtown streets in the largest city in western Massachusetts is about to be resolved. 

The names of two law enforcement officers from Massachusetts who died in 2016 are being added this weekend to a national memorial in Washington, D.C.

Spirit of Springfield

   A hallmark event for more than 30 years in western Massachusetts will take place tomorrow, as Springfield hosts its annual pancake breakfast.  But the boast that it is the “world’s largest” is in dispute.

     Massachusetts is poised to require greater on-the-job protections for pregnant workers.