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
12:09 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Another Massachusetts Senate Campaign Comes To A Close

Republican Gabriel Gomez and U.S. Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) shake hands after a debate in Springfield
Credit Dave Roback, the Republican Newspaper ( pool photo)

Voters are going to the polls in Massachusetts today to pick a successor to John Kerry, who resigned from the U.S. Senate in January to become Secretary of State.

The third U.S. Senate  election campaign in Massachusetts in as many years was interrupted by blizzards in February, a terrorist attack in April and now ends in a heat wave.  Voters today will send either Democrat Edward Markey or Republican Gabriel Gomez to the U.S. Senate.

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New England News
5:38 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Municipal Residency Enforcement Sought

Minority community leaders in Springfield Massachusetts have endorsed a new push by several city councilors to enforce a residency requirement for city employees

            The head of the Greater Springfield Chapter of the NAACP Rev. Talbert Swan says the long standing practice of granting waivers to the  residency rule has shut the door to city employment for  qualified blacks and Hispanics.

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New England News
6:23 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Record Low Turnout Predicted For Special Senate Election

A polling place in Springfield Massachusetts as seen in November 2012
Credit WAMC

The top election official in Massachusetts says the special Senate election Tuesday will likely result in an historic low voter turnout.

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin believes just  37 percent of the state’s 4.3 million voters will go to the polls to choose between Democrat Edward Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez.  Galvin said that would be the lowest turnout  to elect a U.S. Senator in the state’s history.  Springfield Election Commission Gladys Oyola  said there are several factors including a heat wave and a race that has produced few sparks.

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New England News
3:35 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Gomez, Markey In Final Hours Of Senate Campaigns

U.S. Representative Edward Markey (D-MA) campaigned at Palazzo Cafe in Springfield on the eve of the special Senate election
Credit WAMC

The two candidates for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts are into the final full day of campaigning ahead of tomorrow’s special election.  Democratic Congressman Edward Markey started his day in Springfield

Markey greeted patrons at Palazzo Café in downtown Springfield.  Markey said the issue he is stressing in the campaign’s final hours is jobs.

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New England News
5:09 am
Mon June 24, 2013

$4 Million Rail Trail Rehabilitation Begins

Credit Mass.DCR

The top environmental and transportation officials in Massachusetts will be in Northampton Monday to announce the reconstruction of a popular recreation trail.

   The 11 mile long Norwottuck Rail Trail  linking Northampton and Amherst was built 20 years ago. Improvements, such as widening the trail and smoothing the surface are long overdue, according to Craig Della Penna of Northeast Greenway Solutions, a rail trail development consultant.

   The $4 million dollar reconstruction project will be done in phases so parts of the trail will remain open.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

Casino Opponents To Speak In Springfield

A group working to defeat next month’s casino referendum in Springfield Massachusetts is holding a campaign kickoff event this Wednesday.  One of the scheduled speakers is Robert Steele. He is a former Congressman from Connecticut who witnessed the growth of casino gambling in Connecticut in the 1990s. He is the author of the novel, The Curse: Big-time Gambling’s Seduction of a Small New England Town.

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New England News
9:14 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Proposed Library Closing Draws Objections

The City Council in Springfield Massachusetts has scheduled a series of special meetings to wrap up budget deliberations before the new fiscal year starts July 1st


 

City Councilors have already objected to the closure of the Pine Point branch library.  But Library Director Molly Fogarty said closing two branch libraries is  part of a reorganization to ensure the long term viability of the city’s library system.

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New England News
12:25 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Plan Aims To Change Public Safety Perception Of Downtown Springfield

Officials in Springfield Massachusetts are implementing a plan to address what they say is a public safety perception problem in the city’s downtown.   It is important to existing business owners and to a possible future big business—a resort casino. 

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New England News
7:59 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Collaborative Literacy Program Celebrates Success

Children from the Springfield Housing Authority's Robinson Gardens apartments at the summer camp at Dorman elementary school in 2012
Credit WAMC

A unique program to improve early childhood literacy is beginning its third year in Springfield Massachusetts.

           

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New England News
4:29 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Mass. Secretary Of State Worried About Low Turnout For Senate Election

Credit wikipedia commons

The top election official in Massachusetts says he is extremely concerned about voter turnout for next Tuesday’s special election for U.S. Senate.

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