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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An organization founded by a Catholic women’s religious order was recognized Thursday for its efforts to combat human trafficking in western Massachusetts.

  The number of fatal drug overdoses in Massachusetts during the first three months of this year dropped slightly from the same period a year ago.

City of Springfield

   Deals have been struck to bring both long-distance and regional public transit bus service to a new transportation hub that is opening next month in western Massachusetts.


         A new budget proposed to operate the largest city in western Massachusetts would put more cops on the streets and more cash into the city’s savings account.  It also reflects a rebounding Springfield housing market after the foreclosure crisis of nearly a decade ago.


A deal has been struck to bring long distance bus service to Springfield’s Union Station, which is reopening next month after a $95 million restoration.


      A new budget proposed to run the largest city in western Massachusetts would put more cops on the streets.

The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is poised to release a new city budget.

City of Springfield, Office of the Mayor

Springfield, Massachusetts Friday became part of national bird conservation program.


A common sight on the streets of many cities, the first bicycle taxies have appeared in Springfield, Massachusetts.

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is planning to close a state highway bridge in western Massachusetts to vehicular traffic for a few hours this weekend.

MassDOT will close a state highway bridge over the Connecticut River to vehicular traffic for a few hours this weekend. It is not for emergency repairs, but to accommodate a street festival.


A common sight on the streets of many cities, the first bicycle taxis have appeared in Springfield, Massachusetts.

   An official with the public transit system in Hartford, Connecticut has been tapped to run the largest regional transit authority in western Massachusetts.

a water drinking fountain

        Water testing at about 800 public school buildings throughout Massachusetts found a majority of the schools had at least one sample with unsafe levels of lead or copper.

Western Mass Politics and Insight

     Hundreds of protestors marched on Springfield City Hall on May Day demanding the third largest city in Massachusetts be designated a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants.


   In a sure sign of spring, the Farmers’ Market at Forest Park opened today in Springfield, Massachusetts and observed a milestone.

Activists are using May Day rallies in Massachusetts to call for greater protections for undocumented immigrants.

US Drought Monitor

      The drought is over for most of Massachusetts.

       But, below normal precipitation for several years in southern New England means we are not out of the woods yet. 

         WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke today with Michael Rawlins, associate director of the Climate System Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 


Activists plan to march on City Hall in Springfield Monday to demand the western Massachusetts city be designated a sanctuary for immigrants.


    When Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts reopens in June following a $95 million renovation, it will serve as the hub for public transit bus service in the city.


   Events are taking place to mark the centennial of World War I.  One such commemoration highlighted the heroism of an infantry unit made up largely of soldiers from western Massachusetts.


   The members of a new committee who will select which projects will get funded under the Community Preservation Act in the city of Springfield have been announced.


The centennial of World War I was observed Thursday in Springfield, Massachusetts with a ceremony honoring a largely forgotten part of the city’s history.


    Activists called today for workers to strike and businesses to shut down in western Massachusetts on May 1st, as part of what is expected to be a nationwide protest.

Activists are hoping to build grassroots support for the Massachusetts legislature to approve some form of a carbon tax to combat global warming. 

Nine western Massachusetts municipalities this spring are scheduled to vote on non-binding carbon pricing resolutions.  

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Richard Pree , who is a local leader of the national Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

       A delegation of business people from western Massachusetts is at the Statehouse today for a series of meetings with key state legislators and members of the administration of Gov. Charlie Baker.

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       The Baker administration Tuesday announced that Massachusetts has received a federal grant totaling almost $12 million to bolster its public health response to the opioid epidemic.


     A program to restore the older housing stock in western Massachusetts through a series of neighborhood rebuilding projects is marking its 25th year this month.

Environmentalist and entrepreneur Bob Massie is running for governor in Massachusetts.

  The Massachusetts House is scheduled to begin debate on the state budget today with more than 1,200 amendments to consider.  Despite the large number of amendments, the House leadership intends to keep the process on track to produce a final state budget by an end of June deadline.