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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New England News
4:30 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Springfield Police Academy Graduates 22

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Twenty-two cadets graduated  Thursday from the police academy in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, who has made public safety a top budget priority in his administration, said the new police officers will fill vacancies that resulted from a rash of recent retirements.

Earlier this summer, following a spike in gun violence, Sarno asked for additional state police patrols in Springfield.  The Massachusetts Legislature approved a supplemental state budget that  earmarked  $100, 000  for public safety in Springfield.

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New England News
6:26 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Majority Of Proposed Mass. Ballot Questions Clear First Major Hurdle

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Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley  has given a constitutional OK to most of the ballot questions activists hope to put before voters next year.

One of the 28  questions moving forward is an effort to repeal the expansion of the state’s sales tax to computer and software services.  Michael Widmer , president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says it strikes at the heart of the state’s  technology driven innovation economy

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New England News
3:45 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Early Childhood Education Organization Returns To Tornado Ravaged Neighborhood

A preschool classroom in Square One's new Family Square center in Springfield, MA
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Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts have marked another step forward in the city’s recovery from the tornado that caused extensive damage 26 months ago.

With children singing and bright white, blue, and gold balloons buffeted by a gentle breeze, Square One celebrated the opening of its new center on Main Street in the South End Neighborhood on Wednesday.  It is just two blocks from where the early childhood education organization’s preschool and administrative offices were destroyed when the tornado roared through Springfield on June 1st, 2011.

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New England News
6:30 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Universal Free School Lunch Program Introduced In Massachusetts

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Officials in Springfield Massachusetts will explore joining an experimental federal program that provides universal free school lunches. 

Springfield School Superintendent Daniel Warwick says ninety percent of the city’s 20,000 school children are eligible now for free or reduced price school lunches, so it may make sense financially to get in on the pilot program.

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New England News
3:51 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Renovated School Has Touches Of The Past And Modern Educational Tools

A classroom in the newly renovated Forest Park Middle School in Springfield, MA
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A school building in Springfield, Massachusetts that was originally constructed in 1898 has been transformed into a 21st century learning center.   Classes have resumed at the Forest Park Middle School following a three-year renovation project.

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New England News
12:48 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

New School Year Begins With Plenty Of Challenges

Daniel Warwick, Superintendent of Schools in Springfield, Massachusetts
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20,000 students head back to class Monday in Springfield Massachusetts. The state’s second largest public school system has received almost $14 million in federal funds to put programs in place to close academic achievement gaps.   Daniel Warwick is beginning his second year as Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with him about his plans to address the system’s chronic problems.

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New England News
12:43 pm
Sat August 24, 2013

Grossman Calls For Ban On Outside Spending In Race For Governor

Massachusetts State Treasurer Steven Grossman, who is one of five Democrats currently running for Governor, issued a challenge to his rivals this week.  He called on them to sign the so-called “People’s Pledge.”  This ban on third-party campaign advertising was popularized in the 2012 race for U.S. Senate between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren.    WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Grossman about this and other issues.

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New England News
1:58 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Casino Developer To Hold Jobs Fair, Community Meeting As Vote Nears

An artist's rendering of Hard Rock New England's proposed resort casino in West Springfield, MA.
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Hard Rock International will be making pitches this weekend for voter support for its western Massachusetts  casino project.  

The casino operator will hold a jobs fair Saturday at the West Springfield Middle School.      On Sunday officials plan a final town-wide community meeting to answer questions about the project. Hard Rock New England President Tim Maland said its all leading up to the September 10th voter referendum.

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New England News
4:34 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Battle Continues Over Fate Of Tornado Damaged Housing

Twenty-six units of the Hill Homes Housing Cooperative have been vacant since sustaining damage in the June 1st, 2011 tornado.
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Some residents of a low-income housing cooperative vow to go to court   Friday  to try to block a demolition order obtained by the city of Springfield.

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New England News
9:26 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Brown Says No To 2014 Governor's Race

Scott Brown, shown here campaigning in Springfield, MA in 2012, has ruled out a run for Massachusetts Governor in 2014
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Former Massachusetts Republican Senator Scott Brown has closed the door on a run for governor in 2014.

Brown made his decision known Wednesday night on WBZ Radio’s “Nightside With Dan Rea” program.

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