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
5:30 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Wednesday Is Voter Registration Deadline For Special U.S. Senate Election

The deadline to register to vote in the special Senate election in Massachusetts is today

Most city and town halls will stay open until 8pm to accommodate people who need to register to vote in the special election on June 25th.   Gladys Oyola, Election Commissioner for the city of Springfield does not expect to sign up a lot of new voters. She said interest remains low in the contest between Democrat Ed Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez.

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New England News
12:49 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

One-year Anniversary Of Police Officer's Death Observed

Springfield Police maintain a 24-hour vigil Tuesday June 4,2013 at the memorial to fallen officers in front of the police headquarters. It is the one-year anniversary of the death of patrolman Kevin Ambrose
Credit WAMC

One year has passed since veteran police officer Kevin Ambrose was shot and killed in Springfield Massachusetts.  It had been more than 25 years since a Springfield police officer had died in the line of duty.  Springfield Police Commissioner William Fitchet  is asking people everywhere today to show support for police by putting on a blue light or placing a blue ribbon on a tree or a pole.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the aide to the commissioner,  Police Sergeant John Delaney

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New England News
7:36 am
Sun June 2, 2013

Tim Murray Leaves Lieutenant Governor's Office

Tim Murray officially leaves office today after 6 ½ years as Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor

Murray had a large portfolio in the administration of Governor Deval Patrick.  He was an advocate for veterans’ services and preserving the state’s military bases. He also worked on issues involving homelessness and domestic violence.  Murray was the administration’s chief liaison with local government officials

Massachusetts will go without a lieutenant governor until a new one is elected in 2014 and takes office in January 2015.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Sat June 1, 2013

Events Set For Gay Pride Week In Springfield Massachusetts

Credit WAMC

Gay Pride Week is being observed with a series of events in Springfield Massachusetts.  It started on Thursday when more than 100 people gathered in the sweltering midday sun to observe the raising of the rainbow flag outside city hall.  WAMC’s  Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief  Paul Tuthill spoke with Amaad Rivera, the president and founder of Springfield Pride.

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New England News
6:31 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Mayor Requests Moment Of Reflection On Tornado Anniversary

The June 1 2011 tornado caused heavy damage around Watershops Pond in Springfield, MA
Credit Preservation Massachusetts Inc

Saturday marks two years since a powerful tornado tore a 39 mile long path of destruction through western Massachusetts.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno  and the city’s parks department  will host a brunch to honor individuals and organizations for tornado rebuilding efforts.  The mayor has also called for a city-wide moment of reflection at the time the tornado touched down two years ago.

The tornado was the most powerful to hit Massachusets in a half century. It claimed three lives.

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New England News
5:26 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Gov. Patrick Announces Grants To Local Farms

Kosinski Farms in Westfield, MA
Credit WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick visited a third generation family farm in western Massachusetts  to announce a new round of grants to help sustain farm operations across the commonwealth.

   Governor Patrick announced grants totaling $700,000 to 11 different farms including vegetable farms, livestock operations, a cranberry farm and a goat dairy.  The grants, ranging from $25,000 to $100,000, will be used for infrastructure improvements such as new greenhouses and barns or to purchase energy- efficient equipment.

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New England News
3:55 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Springfield Mayor Reflects On 2011 Tornado

Credit WAMC

This Saturday, June 1st, marks two years since Massachusetts was hit by the worst tornado the state has experienced in a half-century.  The powerful storm carved a 39 mile long, half-mile wide path through western Massachusetts.  Three people were killed, dozens injured, and more than 1400 buildings damaged or destroyed.  Much of the devastation, but none of the deaths, occurred in the city of Springfield.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno as the city prepared to reflect on the 2nd anniversary of the tornado.

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New England News
5:52 am
Fri May 31, 2013

City To Honor Tornado Clean-up Volunteers

Damage is still visible on the grounds of a former private school in Springfield, MA. two years after a powerful tornado hit
Credit WAMC

Officials in Springfield Massachusetts on Friday will honor volunteers who cleaned-up and restored a park that was hit hard by the June 1st, 2011 tornado.

   Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said a lot of clean up and rebuilding has occurred  in the two years since the city was hit by the powerful tornado.

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New England News
4:20 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Final Phase Of $200 Million Redevelopment Underway

Construction work is underway on Edwards Street at the entrance to the Springfield Museums. It is the final phase of a $200 million neighborhood improvement effort
Credit WAMC

Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal has announced the final phase in a decade long revitalization project in the neighborhood surrounding the Springfield Museums.

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New England News
6:45 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Police Will Be Assigned To Springfield Elementary Schools

Superintendent Dan Warwick of the Springfield Public Schools
Credit WAMC

Plans are being made to beef up security in the second largest public school system in Massachusetts.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports

   Police officers will be assigned to elementary schools in Springfield Massachusetts for the first time. Superintendent of Schools Dan Warwick says two police officers will guard the city’s 40 elementary schools on a revolving basis starting in September.

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