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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Spirit of Springfield

   Two seasonal traditions that are sandwiched around Thanksgiving return this week to Springfield, Massachusetts. 

A scene from the Bright Nights at Forest Park light display
Spirit of Springfield

The largest holiday light show in New England will shine again this year in the largest park in Springfield, Massachusetts. 


       The first prototype of new subway cars that will eventually be manufactured in western Massachusetts are being shipped this week from China to Boston.

     The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts voted earlier this week to authorize the city to borrow more than $12.5 million to pay for construction projects and equipment purchases.  But a delay in authorizing city funds to improve a park drew the ire of the mayor.


Early next year, during the dead of winter, the first heads of fresh lettuce are expected to be harvested at a new greenhouse built on what was once dangerously polluted land in western Massachusetts.


   Local law enforcement in Massachusetts has launched a multi-agency effort to crack down on human trafficking in Springfield with the emphasis on reducing demand for sexual exploitation.

An Amtrak train arrives at the downtown Holyoke, MA rail platform

A new poll finds there is overwhelming support in Massachusetts for a high-speed rail passenger rail line between Springfield and Boston.

An Amtrak train arrives at the station in Hartford,Ct

A new poll finds there is overwhelming support in Massachusetts for a high-speed rail passenger rail line between Springfield and Boston.


    A new park in Springfield, Massachusetts is being named to honor two city police officers killed in the line of duty more than three decades ago. 

Infrastructure improvements in a western Massachusetts city will make it possible to redevelop several old mill buildings.


There is relief coming soon for people often stuck in traffic or forced to take detours because of the reconstruction of Interstate 91 through downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.



            The newest park in Springfield. Massachusetts honors a fallen U.S. Marine and keeps a promise to the neighborhood where he grew up.


Saturday, November 11th is Veterans Day, and in Massachusetts is has been declared “Jane Addams Day” by the state legislature.


  With Veterans Day approaching, a moving ceremony was held Thursday in Springfield, Massachusetts to dedicate the city’s newest park to a slain U.S. Marine.


   The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts will have two new members in January after an election Tuesday that saw a very low voter turnout.


      First elected in 2011 as the youngest mayor in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Alex Morse again made history in the Paper City Tuesday.

Alex Morse
Paul Tuthill

Holyoke, Mass. Mayor Alex Morse won reelection Tuesday to a fourth term.  It is the first four-year term in Holyoke history after voters approved the change two years ago. Morse was greeted by cheers from 200 people at his election night headquarters at Gateway City Arts.

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   It is Election Day in the largest municipalities in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, but it appears the majority of registered voters have not noticed. 

      Springfield, Massachusetts has become a destination for families and individuals evacuating Puerto Rico following the devastation brought to the island by Hurricane Maria in September.  

       The New North Citizens Council social service agency has been designated as the official welcoming center. 

      WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the agency’s executive director Maria Ligus


For nearly three decades, the largest city in western Massachusetts has held a flag raising ceremony on the first Monday in November to celebrate Puerto Rican heritage and the cultural contributions of the people from the Caribbean island.  Today’s Puerto Rican flag raising at Springfield City Hall was especially poignant.


Agawam and Easthampton are among the western Massachusetts communities where voters Tuesday will decide races for mayor.   In both, the incumbents are not on the ballot.


A city in western Massachusetts is taking a step to encourage people to vote Tuesday.

              A nonprofit provider of information about schools has unveiled a new rating system. 

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A woman was struck and killed by a commuter rail train at a station southwest of Boston Friday. Massachusetts officials are looking into how to prevent such deaths. 


Authorities in Springfield, Massachusetts are calling for greater security measures at all-night businesses.  This follows the unsolved murder earlier this year of a man at a 24-hour gas station in the city.

Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange

      Events are taking place in western Massachusetts as part of National Adoption Month. Advocates are trying to highlight the need for permanent homes for children who are in foster care. 

       At a reception for adoptive parents and adopted youth at Springfield City Hall Thursday, WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Lisa Funaro.  She is the executive director of the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange.


       Clocks are to be turned back an hour this weekend, but a study group in Massachusetts is making a case for ending the practice in the future.

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   Plans to redevelop an historic downtown theater in Springfield, Massachusetts have received a financial boost.  Meanwhile, cost estimates have soared for a dormant theater restoration in another western Massachusetts city.  

The western Massachusetts branch of the American Friends Service Committee is no more. But, the pacifist activism that its members espoused for nearly a half century continues through a new organization: The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice. 


A western Massachusetts community college will inaugurate its first woman president this week.