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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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker Thursday highlighted manufacturing in western Massachusetts by taking a tour of the Yankee Candle factory.

 Baker said he knew Yankee Candle was a made-in-Massachusetts national brand, but was not aware until the tour that the company sells its scented candles in 67 countries.

" Most importantly of all ( Yankee Candle) is making stuff here in Massachusetts and selling it all over the place. It is a great story I would like to replicate over and over," he said.

A Massachusetts environmental group is hailing new clean water rules finalized Wednesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

  Environmentalists say the new rules close loopholes in the Clean Water Act that were created by U.S. Supreme Court decisions in the last decade. 

  Ben Hellerstein, a campaign organizer with Environment Massachusetts, said about 52 percent of Massachusetts streams, headwaters, and certain wetlands were in legal limbo.

Work begins today to develop a turnaround plan for the public schools in Holyoke, Massachusetts.  A temporary advisory group appointed by the Massachusetts education commissioner is scheduled to hold its first meeting.

Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester has appointed 18 people to the Holyoke Local Stakeholder Group, a temporary advisory body that will make recommendations for a district turnaround plan that will be developed in the next few months.


In his first year on the job Springfield, Massachusetts Police Commissioner John Barbieri said he has made progress toward making the police department more efficient and effective.  He plans to introduce more innovation into stopping crime in the state’s third-largest city.   

The well regarded leader of the YMCA of Greater Springfield, Massachusetts – the second oldest Y in the country – has resigned.

The Y announced Tuesday that CEO Kirk Smith plans to leave at the end of June for an executive position with the YMCA in Florida.  


The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts will begin budget hearings Tuesday.

The entire council will have an opportunity to publicly review the nearly $600 million budget recommended by Mayor Domenic Sarno  during  three two-hour long meetings that have been scheduled by City Council President Mike Fenton.

" To give both department heads and councilors a chance to have their voices heard prior to any final deliberation and vote we have," he said.


As the warm weather arrives and summer tourism season begins, a leading conservation and preservation organization in Massachusetts is showcasing many of its properties.  The Trustees of Reservations owns beaches, forests, and parklands, as well as several cultural treasures.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the organization’s president Barbara Erickson.


Former Congressman Martin Meehan has agreed to a five-year contract to lead the University of Massachusetts as its next president. 

Meehan, who is currently the chancellor of UMass Lowell, will start with a base salary of $525,000 that will increase to $602,500 in the final year.  There are also performance bonuses and other perks.

The contract includes a requirement that Meehan pay a penalty if he leaves the job before the end of the five years.  Meehan has said in the past  he does not intend to leave early.


Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal has delivered an early endorsement as the municipal campaign season is getting underway.    The veteran Congressman is supporting Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno’s reelection bid. 

Neal stood beside Sarno in front of Springfield City Hall Friday and praised the mayor’s record on economic development, managing the city’s finances, and for devoting considerable time to the efforts to improve the public schools. 

" I think Domenic Sarno has done a terrific job as mayor and I intend to support him," declared Neal.


Communities across the region pause this weekend to honor military veterans who gave their lives in service to the country.

  Veterans and elected officials placed wreaths Friday at the five veterans’ monuments located in Springfield’s Court Square.  

  Congressman Richard Neal referred to the site as “hallowed ground.”   He noted the names of several of his high school classmates are on the Vietnam War Memorial.

   " Vietnam was a searing experience for the American people, but the ( veteran's) contribution should  never be slighted," he said.