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
5:33 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Massachusetts Senate Candidates Set To Debate In Springfield

With two weeks until the special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts the candidates meet for a debate tonight in Springfield. 

Polls have consistently shown veteran Democratic Congressman Ed Markey holding a comfortable lead over Republican political newcomer  Gabriel Gomez.   Western New England University political science professor Tim Vercellotti said debates can sometimes change the dynamics of a race.

On Wednesday, President Obama is scheduled to attend a rally for Markey in Boston.

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New England News
3:50 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Investigation Of Chicopee Police Department Ordered By Mayor

Mayor Michael Bissonnette of Chicopee,MA and Police Chief Thomas Charette disclose an independent investigation of the department's internal affairs operations.
Credit WAMC

The mayor of Chicopee, Massachusetts has ordered an independent investigation into how cases of misconduct have been addressed inside the city’s police department. Mayor Michael Bissonnette announced the probe at the same time he appointed a new police chief. 

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New England News
12:04 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Funds Awarded To Close Achievement Gaps

Kiley Middle School is one of five schools in Springfield, MA that will be managed next year by an education group from Harvard University
Credit WAMC

Massachusetts education officials have awarded $9 million in federal funding to make sweeping improvements at five schools

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New England News
5:58 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Mohegan Sun Adds Water Park, Hotel To Palmer Casino Project

An artist's rendering of the Mohegan Sun's proposed casino in Palmer, MA

Mohegan Sun has announced the addition of a water park and a second hotel to its proposed casino project in western Massachusetts. 

Mohegan Sun said the new features at its proposed resort casino in Palmer will increase the project investment to nearly $1 billion , which would make it the largest in the competition for the lone western Massachusetts casino license.   Palmer Town Council member Paul Burns said it ups the ante for all other casino developers.

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New England News
3:55 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Veterans Coached On Job Search Skills

Credit WAMC

The unemployment rate for military veterans remains higher than the national average.  Veterans in western Massachusetts had an opportunity on Friday to get job search advice from employment specialists.

   U.S. Army veteran James Scurry of Springfield knows how frustrating looking for a job can be.

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New England News
12:36 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Walmart Workers Strike To Attend Shareholders' Meeting

Walmart strikers David Coulombe and Aubretia Edick of Massachusetts
Credit W Mass Jobs With Justice

Inspired by the civil rights era freedom rides a group of  activists have caravanned to Bentonville Arkansas for this Friday’s Walmart shareholders’ meeting.   The activists include so-called “ strikers” –Walmart employees who have left their jobs to make the trip.  The union- backed labor group  OUR Walmart organized the caravans to call attention to what it claims is the retail giant’s history of retaliation against activist workers.     WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief  Paul Tuthill spoke with one of the Walmart  “ strikers”- Aubretia Edick.  She has worked for Walmart for 13 years, fi

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New England News
5:06 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Anti-casino Group Demands Debates With Springfield's Mayor

Springfield Mayo Domenic Sarno on April 30,2013 announced an agreement with MGM Resorts to build an $800 million resort casino. The deal is subject to approval by Springfield voters in a July 16th referendum
Credit WAMC

An anti-casino group in Springfield Massachusetts is demanding debates with the city’s mayor before next months’ casino referendum.

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New England News
3:26 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Senate Candidates Begin Debates

In less than three weeks Massachusetts voters will head to the polls for the third time in just over three years to elect a United States Senator.  Voter interest in the race to replace John Kerry-now secretary of state- remains low.

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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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