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
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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New England News
6:42 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Proposed Springfield Budget Includes Casino Payments

Credit WAMC

The mayor of Springfield Massachusetts has proposed what he characterizes as a “ hold the line” budget for next year. 

   The $571.8 million dollar budget proposed by Mayor Domenic Sarno  preserves city jobs while raising spending by less than 2 percent.

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New England News
4:37 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Public Safety Officials Drill For Campus Shooting Incident

A sign alerts people to the public safety drill at Holyoke Community College
Credit WAMC

Public safety officials took part in a statewide emergency preparedness drill today in Holyoke Massachusetts. It involved an unfortunately all too familiar scenario—a lone gunman on a shooting spree.

   The drill, involving a gunman on the campus of Holyoke Community College was a test of the coordinated response of local, campus and state police along with fire and emergency medical personnel. It was also a trial run for some new technology according to Holyoke Fire Lt Tom Paquin, who was the public information officer for the exercise.

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New England News
6:01 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Springfield Mayor To Propose New Budget

The mayor of Springfield ,Massachusetts today will take the wraps off his proposed budget for next  year.  

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno warned in an interview earlier this year that he was facing grim choices in putting together the fiscal 2014 municipal budget.

Springfield’s tax base has been hammered by declining property values due in large part to a high number of foreclosures. Local aid is a third of what it was prior to the recession.  The Springfield City Council has until June 30th to act on the mayor’s recommended budget.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Agriculture Support Organization Marks 20 Years In Western Mass.

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The non-profit organization Community Involved In Sustaining Agriculture is observing it’s 20th anniversary.  Based in South Deerfield, Massachusetts the organization works to strengthen local agriculture by building connections between farmers and the community.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with executive director Philip Korman

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