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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        The way is clear for the first medical marijuana dispensary to open in the largest city in western Massachusetts. A development agreement leaves open the possibility of additional sites for medical cannabis in Springfield.

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst announced today the completion of the largest fund- raising campaign in the history of Massachusetts public higher education.


   In the wake of scandal over alleged misconduct, the city council in Springfield, Massachusetts is poised to vote tonight to put a board of civilians in charge of all police department personnel decisions. The move is strongly opposed by the city’s mayor. 

The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts Monday will consider legislation to put a civilian board in charge of the police department.


The implementation of all-electronic open road tolling and the demolition of toll booths along the Massachusetts Turnpike is ahead of schedule.


    An automobile parts manufacturer has received the final local approvals to expand a facility in western Massachusetts that will result in new jobs.


     Numerous ceremonies took place across the region Friday to thank veterans for their service.

     On a campus lawn ringed by small American flags, Western New England University saluted people who are currently serving in the military and those who have served in the past.

      There was a wreath-laying, a 21-gun salute, and the playing of taps.

      A parade was held in Springfield from the Armory to City Hall, and a ceremony was scheduled at the Vietnam War Memorial in Mason Square – the oldest permanent Vietnam War Memorial in the country.  


     Homeless veterans can now apply to rent a studio apartment in a new building next to a veterans outreach center in Springfield, Massachusetts.  The complex is the culmination of years of work by a Vietnam War veteran who has dedicated his life to helping fellow veterans.

    A new agreement has been reached that could lead to the opening of the first medical marijuana dispensary in Springfield, Massachusetts.


     In the wake of police misconduct allegations, city councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts have announced a proposal to have a civilian board oversee the police department.

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    Massachusetts voters Tuesday legalized marijuana for recreational use by adults, and soundly rejected a proposed expansion of charter schools in two of the most watched and hotly contested ballot referendums.


       Voters are going to the polls in high numbers across Massachusetts to cast ballots in the race for president and to decide a series of ballot questions including whether to legalize marijuana and expand charter schools. 

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        Changes are being considered to a landmark municipal ordinance in Massachusetts that regulated public construction projects to promote local and minority employment, but has gone largely unenforced. 

City councilors and labor union leaders in Springfield are trying to put teeth into the city’s Responsible Employer Ordinance, which when it passed in 2008 was the first of its kind in Massachusetts, but has since been weakened by court challenges and haphazard enforcement.

The most competitive and expensive campaign in Massachusetts this election year has been over a ballot question.  Opponents and proponents of charter schools have spent months canvassing door-to-door and waged an air war of competing ads.

If Question 2 passes, it would allow for up to 12 new charter schools per year to open in Massachusetts.  Charter schools, which were first authorized in Massachusetts in 1993, are publicly funded, overseen by state education officials, and can function independently of local school districts.

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An administrator from a Minnesota community college has been recommended to be the first woman president at a western Massachusetts community college.

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       The police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts said he will review how police misconduct complaints are handled in the wake of recent controversy.

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              With the opioid crisis resulting in an increase in the number of children in the Massachusetts foster care system, there are increasing appeals for people to consider adoption.


         A majority of Massachusetts voters support legalizing marijuana and oppose expanding the number of charter schools in the state, according to results of a new a poll released this morning.


       Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey made a political swing through greater Springfield Thursday.  

       Markey endorsed fellow Democrat Nick Cocchi for Hampden County Sheriff, praising the department’s response to the opioid crisis as a national model. 

      " We need law enforcement people who understand this threat and understand what has to take place in order to deal with it," said Markey.  " It is the single largest issue in the state of Massachusetts right now."

     A Wall Street agency warns the credit-worthiness of Massachusetts cities could be affected if voters approve a ballot question to lift the cap on new charter schools in the state.


      A project is under way to ensure that the only top level trauma hospital in western Massachusetts will be able to function in the event a disaster knocks out the power grid for an extended length of time.


  Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker campaigned door-to-door in a Springfield neighborhood Tuesday urging a vote to lift the cap on charter schools.


        Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced a $1.9 million grant award today for a western Massachusetts city to complete a highway project that will allow for an $8 million commercial development.


            Weekday commuters on the Massachusetts Turnpike saw big changes today, but not the big traffic jams some feared might occur.  This was the first work day of all-electronic open-road tolling statewide.

Massachusetts highway officials are urging commuters to allow for extra travel times starting Monday morning as work begins to demolish the Mass Pike toll booths.


     Work has begun to secure a dam in western Massachusetts that was flagged almost a decade ago as a threat to public safety and property.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved $1.5 million for the city of Springfield, Massachusetts to create a restaurant development fund.

Friday is the last day drivers on the Massachusetts Turnpike can pay the toll with cash.

        Thirty mayors in Massachusetts are urging a no vote on the ballot question that if approved would lift the cap on charter schools.


     A federal grant has been announced to help preserve rare pieces of Americana in Springfield, Massachusetts.