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 England News
6:26 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

UMass Moves Closer To Establishing A Satellite Campus In Springfield

University of Massachusetts President Robert Caret began a bus tour of the state on Tuesday. He started in Springfield where he discussed the progress toward establishing a satellite center
Credit WAMC

The president of the University of Massachusetts embarked Tuesday on what has become an annual cross-state bus tour to promote the five-campus system.  The tour started in Springfield, which may soon be home to the first UMass satellite campus.  

       University of Massachusetts President Robert Caret said the university is moving to establish a satellite center in downtown Springfield. He expects key decisions to be reached in the next four weeks on a location, what programs will be offered and how it will all be paid for.

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New England News
4:33 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

UMass President Says Dobelle Controversy Cast Shadow On Higher Education

Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle
Credit WSU

Westfield State University trustees are holding a special meeting Wednesday to consider suspending university president Evan Dobelle.

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New England News
12:54 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Massachusetts Panel Reviews Health Care Cost Control Efforts

A hospital room at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

While Obamacare is being rolled out across the country Massachusetts, which pioneered the health care reform, is moving to the next step—cost containment.  A watchdog agency charged with monitoring health care delivery and payment reforms recently held two days of hearings to examine health care cost trends.  The state has set a cost growth benchmark at 3.6 percent for this year and next. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the chairman of the Health Policy Commission, Dr. Stuart Altman.

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New England News
12:56 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

Poll Asks Massachusetts Voters About Shutdown,Obamacare

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By a large margin Republicans get blamed for the shutdown of the federal government in a recent poll of voters in Massachusetts conducted by the Western New England University Polling Institute. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with polling institute director Tim Vercellotti

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New England News
6:42 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Turnpike Tolls Return Tuesday In Western Massachusetts

Credit MassDOT

Columbus Day weekend will mark the end of a 17 year toll-free ride on the western section of the Massachusetts Turnpike.

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New England News
7:39 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Casino Opponents Launch Signature Drive For Ballot Initiative

Casino opponents in Massachusetts have announced plans for a signature drive this month to try to put a question on the November 2014 ballot to repeal the state’s gaming law.

   As part of the statewide campaign the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts is calling on parishioners to circulate petitions inside churches or out in the parking lots on the last two Sundays of the month.  Episcopal Bishop Douglas Fisher has denounced casinos as an attack on the poor and said he believes anti-casino momentum is building.           

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New England News
6:36 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Democrats Look To Pickup Open State Senate Seat

Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh ( on left) with state Senate nominee David Bartley and Easthampton Mayor Michael Tautznik at a unity event in Westfield the day after Bartley's victory in the party primary
Credit WAMC

A city councilor from Holyoke and a State Representative from Westfield will square off in November in a special election to fill a vacant state Senate seat in western Massachusetts.  Democrats see it as a chance to add to an already commanding majority on Beacon Hill.

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New England News
4:40 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

GOP Gets The Blame For Shutdown In Massachusetts Poll

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By a large margin, Massachusetts voters blame Republicans in Congress for the shutdown of the federal government according to a poll released Wednesday by the Western New England University Polling Institute.

The poll which was conducted during the first seven days of the federal government shutdown found 56 percent of all voters blame Republicans for the  shutdown, 16 percent fault President Obama and just 5 percent hold Congressional Democrats responsible.  Polling institute director Tim Vercellotti said the results did not break completely along party lines.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

A Large Pay Raise For Springfield's Mayor Appears Likely

Credit City of Springfield

City Councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts have voted for a big pay raise for the mayor after years of on-again off-again discussion.  They’ve also given initial approval to raise their own pay, with little prior notice. 

   The Springfield City Council gave first-step approval Monday night via voice vote for a $40,000 pay raise for the mayor.  If final approval occurs at the council’s October 21st meeting, the annual salary for the mayor will be $135,000 effective in January 2014.  It would be the first change in the mayor’s salary in 16 years.

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New England News
4:46 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Shutdown Slows Pursuit Of Disaster Funds

Cathedral High School in Springfield, MA was left unusable because of the damage caused by the June 1,2011 tornado.
Credit Catholic Communications, Diocese of Springfield

The federal government shutdown could further delay plans to rebuild a Catholic high school damaged by the 2011 tornado in Springfield, Massachusetts.

   The pursuit of   federal disaster aid for the tornado damage done to Cathedral High School has been hampered by the government shutdown.  Mark Dupont, a spokesman for the Springfield Diocese, said a scheduled meeting with FEMA officials next week  may have to be postponed

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