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
12:40 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Organic Farming Conference Includes Tips On Injury Prevention

Credit The Flexible Farmer

The Northeast Organic Farming Association is holding it’s Massachusetts Winter Conference this Saturday in Worcester.  One of the presenters is Lydia Irons from The Flexible Farmer in Hadley Massachusetts.  She is a licensed massage therapist who helps farmers, and others, take care of their bodies and avoid injury.  She spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill

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New England News
5:55 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Springfield Hires EdLab To Turn Around Failing Schools

Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Daniel Warwick
Credit WAMC

The Superintendent of Schools in Springfield Massachusetts has announced a partnership with a cutting edge education reform group at Harvard University.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
5:30 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Massachusetts Authorities Investigate Sudden School Closing

Authorities in Massachusetts are investigating the abrupt closing this week of a for-profit occupational school.   WAMC’s Paul Tuthill Reports.

The American Career Institute ceased operations in Massachusetts Wednesday, apparently without warning to students and staff.  The school had five locations, including one in Springfield. Massachusetts Undersecretary for Consumer Affairs Barbara Anthony said about 14 hundred students are affected.

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New England News
1:40 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Big E Casino Announcement Scheduled

Officials with the Eastern States Exposition have struck a deal with Hard Rock International to pursue a resort casino development on the fairgrounds in West  Springfield.  According to informed sources the project on the 175 acre property would include a hotel, retail stores and an outdoor concert venue.   Brian Griffin, vice chair of the  town council, believes the project can overcome  what he predicts will be initial resistance on the part of townspeople.

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New England News
5:13 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Flu Deaths Rise In Massachusetts

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Baystate Health  has put new visitor policies in place at its three hospitals in Springfield, Greenfield and Ware.  Patients can have no more than 2 visitors at a time and none  under the age of 14. Patients are asked to come alone to doctor’s appointments.   Dr. Sarah Haessler, an infectious disease specialist at Baystate said the last time these precautions were taken was during the flu pandemic in 2009.

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New England News
4:09 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Home Sale Prices Up, Foreclosures Down In 2012

Hampden County Register of Deeds, Donald Ashe discusses the 2012 real estate market during a press conference.
Credit WAMC

Boosted by higher home sale prices and more transactions spurred by low interest rates the amount of money spent on real estate in Hampden County last year was almost $1 billion, a nine percent increase over 2011, and the most since 2008.  Hampden County Register of Deeds Donald Ashe called it a good year for the housing market in western Massachusetts and he forecast what he called a “ steady healthy market”  for the next six months.

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New England News
6:21 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Redevelopment Plans Announced For Historic Indian Motorcycle Site

The Mason Square Fire Station with the Indian Motorcycle complex in the background
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American International College Tuesday announced a $25 million dollar redevelopment of the historic Indian Motorcycle property adjacent to its campus in Springfield Massachusetts.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

The project announced Tuesday will result in the redevelopment of 139 housing units in the former factory complex where legendary Indian Motorcycles were manufactured up until 1950.  It will include building apartments in  a former fire station that sits on the property in the heart of the inner city Mason Square Neighborhood.

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New England News
4:26 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Sen. Warren Opens Office In Downtown Springfield

US Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks with Rebecca Townsend of Longmeadow at the opening of the senator's new western Massachusetts office in downtown Springfield
Credit WAMC

U.S Senator Elizabeth Warren kept a campaign promise Tuesday by opening a western Massachusetts office.   WAMC”s Paul  Tuthill reports.

   Warren said she wanted to be closely tied to the people of western Massachusetts and locating an office in Springfield is a first step.  The office will be staffed by two full time employees

   Warren met privately in the office Tuesday with local elected officials and then greeted about hundred supporters who gathered in the lobby of the building at 1550 Main Street.  After a short speech, Warren shook hands and posed for pictures .

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New England News
5:21 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Casino Workforce Training Agreement Signed

Officials from the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts announced a job training agreement Monday with several casino developers.   WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
3:50 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Re-elected Springfield City Council President Sees Casinos, School Safety As Top Issues

Springfield City Councilor James Ferrera takes the oath of office for council president from District Court Judge William Boyle, assisted by Springfield City Clerk Wayman Lee
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City Councilor James Ferrera, who assured the council a place at the center of the casino debate last year by creating a casino site committee, was re-elected by his colleagues to a rare second consecutive one year term as council president.  Ferrera predicted the casino issue would top the council’s agenda in 2013.

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