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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A series of service cuts begin Sunday ( August 27th) affecting passengers of the largest regional transit system in western Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker speaking in Great Barrington in December 2015.
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    A bill proposed by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to give local police the authority to detain undocumented immigrants wanted for serious crimes has been endorsed by two law enforcement organizations.

A western-Massachusetts based religious order whose members taught generations of New Englanders in parochial schools has been saved from financial ruin.

      Classes begin Monday August 28th for nearly 26,000 students in the second-largest school district in Massachusetts.

A western Massachusetts woman has claimed the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

      It has been an election season of surprises in Springfield, Massachusetts and voters have not even gone to the polls yet.

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A former Massachusetts legislator has withdrawn from the crowded field of Springfield City Council candidates citing a potential conflict of interest.

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     The Massachusetts State Police have a new division focused on combating threats to the state from extremists and drug traffickers.

  

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts says it has begun repairs on over 200 gas leaks throughout its service area in western Massachusetts.  The utility is fixing leaks that can harm the atmosphere.

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Students will begin classes on August 28th in the second-largest school district in Massachusetts after what officials described as a “summer blitz” of construction.

For the second time this summer, the Holocaust Memorial in Boston has been vandalized.

    Calls are mounting for the firing of a police officer in Springfield, Massachusetts who made light of the violence in Charlottesville.

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     This is National Health Center Week.

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     There is widespread condemnation by elected officials in Springfield, Massachusetts over a social media post, attributed to a city cop, which mocked the dead and injured among the counter-protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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     A children’s literacy initiative in the second-largest public housing authority in Massachusetts has been expanded.

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Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey has thrown his support behind the effort to get high-speed train service between Springfield and Boston.

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   Mayors will do almost anything to promote their city, as one western Massachusetts municipal leader demonstrated Wednesday.

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    The Massachusetts economy grew by an impressive 4 percent in the second quarter, well outpacing the nation’s 2.6 percent expansion rate.

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Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey said he supports developing high-speed rail service between Springfield and Boston.

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    Activists rallied in Massachusetts today to protest immigrant detention legislation filed by Governor Charlie Baker. 

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     Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey said he is optimistic about prospects for a bipartisan effort on shoring up the Affordable Care Act now that Republican repeal efforts have failed.

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    Heating systems that use woodchips and pellets for fuel could quality for the same types of clean energy financial incentives as solar and wind in Massachusetts under controversial regulations drafted by the Baker administration. 

     A final public hearing on the proposed rules was held today in western Massachusetts.

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Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey is holding a town hall in Springfield Monday.

Environmental and health groups are crying foul over proposed changes in Massachusetts regulations concerning wood boilers.

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The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is two months old, but historically it is time for people on east coast of the United States to start paying attention to storm activity over the ocean. 

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Despite a judge’s ruling, voters in Massachusetts will still need to register in advance to cast ballots in upcoming municipal elections.

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The field of Republicans looking to take on Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren next year is growing.

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    An historic preservation organization is honoring UMass Amherst for the $21 million two-year renovation of the Old Chapel building.

    A western Massachusetts city is adding more police surveillance cameras after a pilot program proved successful.

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   A new push is being made to get police departments in Massachusetts equipped with body and cruiser cameras.  A law enforcement equipment company is offering free trials of its camera system. A state legislator wants the Baker administration to come up with guidelines for using the technology.

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