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
4:54 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Outpouring Of Help Offered To Boston

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The city of Boston is receiving help from throughout Massachusetts after the deadly bombings.

   Police officers from outside Boston have taken up posts in the city to relieve weary Boston Police Officers, who have been working 12 hours shifts since Monday’s bombings.  The Holyoke Police Department sent its new canine unit to Boston.    Boston Mayor Tom Menino said offers of help have come from around the world.

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New England News
12:15 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Boston Marathon Bombings Investigated As Act Of Terrorism

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Authorities in Boston continue to comb through a mile-square crime scene as they search for clues to the deadly explosions that brought Monday’s running of the Boston Marathon to a horrific stop.

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New England News
5:43 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Boston Marathon Runner Hears Explosions After Finishing Race

About 200 people from western Massachusetts were officially entered to run in Monday’s Boston Marathon

   Stephen Bouniconti of West Springfield was about two blocks away from the finish line when he heard the explosions.

   Congressman Richard Neal in a statement called the explosions incredibly sad and distressing and said the perpetrators of the heinous crime must be brought to justice.

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New England News
12:15 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

More Sports Tourism Business Sought In Western Massachusetts

Western Massachusetts Sports Commission Chairman John Heaps speaking at a news conference where the formation of the new commission was announced
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The Boston Marathon ,being run today in eastern Massachusetts, is an annual event that attracts thousands of participants and hundreds of thousands of spectators who spend money in hotels, restaurants and stores.  The hospitality industry in western Massachusetts is taking steps to boost sports tourism in the other half of the commonwealth.

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New England News
2:30 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

Additional Green Communities To Be Designated In Massachusetts

Massachusetts Sec. of Energy and Environmental Affairs with a map showing Green Communities as of August 2012. Seven more communities are being added
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Grants will be awarded to seven Massachusetts communities on Tuesday to fund municipal clean energy projects.

The Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs said 110 cities and towns have now qualified for the Green Communities Designation and Grant Program since it was created in 2008. The state’s energy secretary, Rick Sullivan said the various projects the program has paid for will help the state achieve ambitious goals.

Communities must meet five clean energy benchmarks to qualify for the grant program.

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New England News
12:18 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

MGM Campaigns For Casino Project In Springfield

Of the four companies competing for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts, one has stood out when it comes to marketing.  MGM Resorts International, which hopes to build a casino in downtown Springfield, has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on advertising.

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New England News
3:45 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

US Attorney For Massachusetts Talks At Conference About Civil Rights Enforcement

The top federal law enforcement official in Massachusetts highlighted efforts to enforce civil rights laws during a speech in Springfield on Friday. The U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, Carmen Ortiz, was the keynote speaker at a conference marking the 45th anniversary of the passage of the Federal Fair Housing Act.

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New England News
6:23 am
Fri April 12, 2013

New Bid To Boost Sports Tourism In Western Mass.

Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau President Mary Kay Wydra talks about the new Western Massachusetts Sports Commission at a news conference.
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A new initiative has been launched to bring more sporting events, and sports fans to western Massachusetts.

   A new division of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau- a sports commission- will focus on bringing events to locations throughout western Massachusetts. Visitors bureau president Mary Kay Wydra said they’ll bid for sporting events that have a high media profile, will fill hotel rooms, and have a significant economic impact.

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New England News
5:40 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Massachusetts Senate To Debate Transportation Funding Bill

The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday is expected to take up a transportation finance bill.

The Senate leadership is proposing to add $120 million to the $500 million dollar transportation bill approved earlier this week in the Massachusetts House.  The Senate bill calls for the same tax increases as the House including a 3 cent per gallon increase in the gasoline tax.  The additional money would come from existing revenue streams.  Republican State Senator Michael Knapik says higher taxes is a hard sell to the public

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Politics
5:33 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Registration Deadline Is Here For Senate Primary

This is the deadline to register in Massachusetts to vote in the April 30th party primaries to pick the Democratic and Republican candidates for the special election for U.S. Senate.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the state’s top election official, Secretary of State William Galvin.

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