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
6:41 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Bill Clinton To Campaign For Ed Markey

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Democratic heavy-weights will pull out the stops this weekend to campaign for Ed Markey in the June 25 Massachusetts special Senate election.

   A Markey campaign rally in Worcester Saturday evening is headlined by former president Bill Clinton.  Political consultant Tony Cignolli says  Clinton can deliver an effective message on behalf of Markey

   Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Governor Deval Patrick are also campaigning for Markey this weekend in western Massachusetts.   Polls show the race tightening between the veteran congressman and Republican newcomer Gabriel Gomez

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New England News
6:30 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

New Partnership Gives Grants To Community Health Centers

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New funding is being provided to help meet growing demand at community health centers in Massachusetts.  The money comes from a partnership between a large Boston- based hospital network and a non-profit health maintenance organization. 

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New England News
12:15 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Top Welfare Official To Live On Food Stamp Budget

Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz and his wife Kathleen take the challenge of buying a week's groceries on a food stamp budget
Credit WAMC

The man in charge of administering much of the social services system in Massachusetts is trying to live for a week on a food budget equal to what is provided by a federal assistance program.  It is part of a national campaign by anti-hunger groups to highlight the importance of the program at a time when it is threatened with deep cuts.

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New England News
5:45 am
Fri June 14, 2013

MGM Announces Free July 4th Concert In Springfield

An artist's rendering of MGM Resorts proposed casino project in Springfield, MA
Credit MGM Springfield

MGM Resorts is flexing its marketing muscles in advance of the July 16th voter referendum on its Springfield casino project. 

MGM is sponsoring a free July 4th concert in Springfield by the Commodores, who had a string of hits on legendary Motown records  in the ‘70s and ‘80s.   MGM Vice President  of Public Affairs, Kelley Tucky said the company has committed to underwrite a dozen shows a year in Springfield  if it wins the competition for the lone casino license in western Massachusetts.

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New England News
4:42 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Renovations Done At Aging School Buildings

New windows at the Duggan Middle School in Springfield, MA. One of 24 schools that have been renovated in a three-year $37 million project
Credit WAMC

A three-year  project  to renovate aging school buildings in Springfield Massachusetts will be finished this summer.

   Drafty windows, doors that no longer closed tight, and leaky roofs have been replaced at 2 dozen school buildings that are more than 50 years old. Some received upgrades to heating and cooling systems, new floor tiles, carpeting and paint.   Superintendent of Schools Dan Warwick said the goal is to ensure a comfortable learning and teaching environment.

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New England News
2:18 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Hires Gambling Addiction Expert

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As Massachusetts nears a dramatic expansion of legal gambling  with the licensing of casinos the state has hired an internationally recognized expert on gambling addiction.

   Mark Vander Linden  was introduced on Thursday as the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s first Director of Research and Problem Gambling.  His job will be to come up with ways to  prevent people from becoming addicted to gambling in the first place, and design treatment programs for those who do.

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New England News
6:35 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Top Welfare Official To Live On Food Stamp Budget For A Week

Massachusetts Health and Human Services Sec. John Polanowicz and his wife Kathleen shop at a Save-A-Lot store in Springfield. They are participating in the "SNAP Challenge"
Credit WAMC

The man who administers much of  the social services system in Massachusetts is going to live for the next week on a food budget equal to what is  provided by a federal assistance program.

Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz and his wife Kathleen went shopping  at a Sav-A-Lot grocery store in Springfield  on Wednesday limited to a per person budget of $31.50 ,the average benefit under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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New England News
4:24 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Obama Stumps For Markey Ahead Of Special Senate Election

Credit Martinez Monsivais / AP

President Obama spoke to 5000 cheering people at a rally in Boston on Wednesday urging them to help send Democrat Edward Markey to the Senate in the June 25th special election.

   Obama did not mention Markey’s Republican opponent  Gabriel Gomez but the president blamed Republicans in Washington for blocking his initiatives.  On the eve of the president’s visit, Gomez said he was honored  Mr. Obama felt it necessary to campaign in Massachusetts on behalf of Markey

   Markey said he was proud to have the president campaign with him because they share the same values.

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New England News
12:16 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Gomez, Markey Debate In Springfield As Senate Race Tightens

Republican Gabriel Gomez ( on left), and U.S. Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) debate in Springfield ahead of the June 25th special election for U.S. Senate
Credit Dave Roback, the Republican Newspaper ( pool photo)

The two candidates in the special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts stuck to familiar themes during a debate Tuesday night in Springfield.  With polls showing the race tightening, Democrat Congressman Edward Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez appeared to be trying to play it safe and avoid missteps.

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New England News
11:05 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Massachusetts Senate Candidates Debate In Springfield

Republican Gabriel Gomez and U.S. Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) shake hands after their debate in Springfield.
Credit Dave Roback, the Republican Newspaper ( pool photo)

The two candidates in the special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts stuck with familiar themes during a debate Tuesday night in Springfield.

   Republican Gabriel Gomez took every opening during the debate to portray Democratic Congressman Ed Markey’s long career as a liability.

   Markey criticized Gomez’s stands on gun control, tax reform and environmental issues, and insisted in doing so that he was not engaged in negative campaigning.

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