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
12:43 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Gov. Patrick Promotes Plan To Increase Spending On Education

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick at the machinists training program at Springfield Technical Community College
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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is campaigning for a big tax hike. Patrick is making the case that more revenue is needed to pay for things people say they want and need.

   Governor Deval Patrick, during a recent swing through western Massachusetts, pressed the case for raising  taxes to invest in education and transportation infrastructure.  Patrick met with students and faculty in a machinists training program at Springfield Technical Community College. The program prepares people to work in the precision manufacturing sector.

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New England News
4:49 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Scott Brown Will Not Run For U.S. Senate

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There will be no senate comeback bid this year for Scott Brown. The former Republican senator announced Friday he will not run in the special election to fill the vacancy left by  John Kerry’s departure.

Brown  who became a national Republican star with his upset victory in the 2010 special election for senate in Massachusetts, then lost to Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren last year, has decided to sit out this year’s senate campaign.

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New England News
12:17 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Congressman Lynch Talks About His Campaign For Senate

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The race for US Senate in Massachusetts  is heating up. Congressman Stephen Lynch has launched a campaign for the Democratic nomination. Lynch and fellow Democratic Congressman Ed Markey are the only announced candidates, so far. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Lynch in Springfield about why he’s running for senate.

New England News
6:00 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Kerry Thanks Massachusetts Supporters

US Senator John Kerry (D-MA) flanked by US Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) l, and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno
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John Kerry is spending his final day as a United State Senator thanking the people of Massachusetts. Events were scheduled in the state’s three largest cities, with the farewell tour beginning in Springfield.

After 28 years representing Massachusetts in the United States Senate John Kerry said closing that chapter of his career is bittersweet.

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New England News
4:24 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Congressman Lynch Launches Senate Campaign

US Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) launches his Senate campaign speaking with patrons at O'Brien's Corner restaurant in Springfield
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Massachusetts Congressman Stephen Lynch has  launched his campaign for the US Senate in Massachusetts becoming the second Democrat in the race.

Lynch, who grew up in a housing project in Boston and was an ironworker before going into politics said he would be the voice of  working families in the Senate.  He took a dig at the Democratic Party establishment for trying to clear the field for fellow Congressman Ed Markey, saying he would try to earn the election, not buy it.

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New England News
6:24 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Kerry To Make "Thank You Tour" Of Massachusetts

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Massachusetts Senator John Kerry is saying his thank-you’s and goodbyes as he prepares to become the country’s Secretary of State.

In a nearly hour long farewell address in the Senate Chamber, Kerry lamented the recent gridlock in the legislative process, but said he had hope in seeing a new generation of Senators not given to cynicism. He said it was the honor of a lifetime to represent Massachusetts in the senate for 29  years.

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New England News
3:53 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Gov. Patrick Names Interim U.S. Senator

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has tapped a close confidant , advisor and long time friend to be the state’s interim United States Senator.   William “ Mo” Cowan  will temporarily replace John Kerry until a special election is held later this year.   

To temporarily fill the senate vacancy Governor Patrick turned away from high profile politicians and turned to his former chief of staff and one –time chief legal counsel. Cowan, a 43 year old African American pledged to go to Washington   mindful of the needs and aspirations of  Massachusetts residents.

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New England News
12:27 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Gov. Patrick Sets June 25 For Special Senate Election

A voter and his son at a polling place in Springfield MA on election day 2012
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With Senator John Kerry’s resignation taking effect Friday, and an interim appointee named, the field is taking shape  for the special senate election in Massachusetts.

The special election scheduled for June 25th will be the third time since January 2010 that Massachusetts voters trek to the polls to pick a US Senator.   The new campaign is launching just a couple of months after Massachusetts voters settled the most expensive race in the nation between then incumbent Republican Senator Scott Brown and now Senator Elizabeth Warren.

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New England News
7:35 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Western New England University Receives $1 Million Gift

A $1 million gift to Western New England University in Springfield will establish and equip a unique  interactive classroom for business students. 

   The donation from the estate of a couple who built a business from the ground up will create a financial trading room where students can buy and sell securities and commodities using the same real time information available to Wall Street traders. Attorney Jeffrey Sagalyn, a longtime friend of the late Frances and Norman Cohen said the couple credited what they learned at the University for their business success

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New England News
4:48 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Kerry's Confirmation Kicks Off Massachusetts Senate Race

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The confirmation of John Kerry as Secretary of State starts  the third senate contest in Massachusetts since 2010.

The special election to fill Kerry’s unexpired senate term is expected to be held on  June 25th.  Gladys Oyola, the city of Springfield’s election commissioner said it’s a good date, as it is just after schools close but before the busy vacation season.

Democratic Congressman Ed Markey is the only announced candidate for the special election ,so far.  Governor Patrick will name an interim appointee to fill Kerry’s seat until the special election.

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