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
12:54 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Western Mass. Episcopal Diocese Has New Bishop

The Rev. Dr. Douglas J Fisher, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts
Credit Episcopal Diocese of Western Mass.

The Reverend Douglas Fisher was ordained and consecrated the ninth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts during a ceremony in Springfield on December 1st.  The diocese has about 16,650 members in 63 congregations.   WAMC”s Paul Tuthill spoke with Bishop Fisher about the Episcopal church and its work in western Massachusetts.

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New England News
6:30 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Elizabeth Warren Appears Headed To Senate Banking Committee

Massachusetts Senator-elect Elizabeth  Warren appears headed to a seat on the Senate Banking Committee.   WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
6:19 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Massachusetts Funding Collaborative Announces Record Donations

The Friends of the Homeless resource center in Springfield MA
Credit WAMC

A group of Massachusetts based foundations and corporations have announced millions in donations to help low income people survive the winter.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

   The statewide funding collaborative, MassNeeds, on Tuesday announced that $8.4 million has been raised  to help poor people with the basic needs of food, heat and shelter this winter. The money comes from 41 corporate, private and public foundations and will be shared by 150  charities .

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New England News
4:23 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Gov. Patrick Orders Mid-fiscal Year Budget Cuts

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick  on Tuesday, ordered spending cuts across state government as a result of slower than expected growth in state tax collections.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
12:42 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Property Tax Bills For Most In Springfield Will Go Down

Credit WAMC

Property tax bills for the owners of most homes and businesses will be going down in Massachusetts’ third largest city.  It’s the result of a set of circumstances that Springfield city officials would prefer to reverse.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

   The Springfield City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve 2013 property tax rates recommended by Mayor Domenic Sarno.  City officials say 86 % of single family homeowners and a majority of business property owners should have lower tax bills than this year.

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New England News
5:44 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Ameristar Exit From Casino Race Leaves People In Springfield Disappointed

Amerstar planned to build a casino on this former industrial site in East Springfield. Now the fate of the property is unknown
Credit WAMC

The announcement by casino operator Ameristar that it is dropping out of the competition for a gambling license in Massachusetts has been greeted by disappointment in Springfield.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

The announcement late Friday by Ameristar came just five weeks after the company’s CEO Gordy Kanofsky, speaking to 200 invited guests inside a large white tent on a former industrial site, boasted about the plans to build a nearly $1 billion dollar resort casino on the property.

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New England News
3:48 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Warren Picks Campaign Staff For Senate Jobs

Massachusetts Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren has tapped three top campaign aides to be on her Capitol Hill staff.   WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
12:29 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Baystate Hospital Opens New Emergency Center

One of the 94 patient care rooms in the new emergency center at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield MA
Credit WAMC

A new $45 million dollar emergency and trauma center opened at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield this morning.  The state of the art facility will treat critically injured and ill people from throughout western Massachusetts.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

The new emergency department at Baystate Medical Center’s main campus in Springfield’s North End was opened to receive patients beginning at 7:30  Monday morning. The new facility is 72,000 square feet, 55,000 square feet larger than the old emergency room.

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New England News
6:10 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Baystate Hospital Opens New Emergency Center

One of the 94 new patient care rooms in the new emergency department at Baystate Medical Center
Credit WAMC

A brand new $45 million dollar emergency and trauma center will open Monday at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

The new emergency center is 55 thousand square feet larger than the old  ER, with double the number of patient care rooms..94. There are separate treatment centers for adults and children, and a unit dedicated to people who come in with mental health issues. Dr. Reginald Alouidor, a trauma surgeon says the new facility replaces one that was built in the 1980s and wass receiving almost twice the number of patients it was designed for

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New England News
6:15 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Urban Forest Grant Awarded To Chicopee

The Cabotville Historic Sycamore Trees, both believed to be 200 years old, in Chicopee MA
Credit WAMC

A western Massachusetts city that lost a considerable number of trees during storms last year has been awarded  a state grant to help re-green.    WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

The Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Ed Lambert, announced  a $23,500 Urban Forestry Grant award to Chicopee on Friday.  The grant, which requires a 50-50 match, means Chicopee will have $47,000 to spend to develop an urban forest management plan.

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