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
5:30 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Patrick Says He Won't Quit Job For Role In Obama 2nd Term

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is insisting he will serve out his current term and not leave to take a job in the Obama administration.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports

Governor Patrick, who served as a campaign surrogate for his friend the president, was asked Tuesday night what role he might play in the second Obama term.

Patrick said Massachusetts Senator John Kerry is a great senator and would make a terrific secretary of state. But Patrick said it is  wild speculation that Obama will appoint Kerry to succeed Hillary Clinton. 

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New England News
6:10 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Women, Big Democratic Turnout Key Warren Win

Elizabeth Warren is going to be the first woman from Massachusetts to serve in the United States Senate.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill looks at Warren’s historic victory in Tuesday’s election.

The outcome of Tuesday’s closely watched, highly competitive election for US Senate in Massachusetts was not surprising, but was none the less improbable.  When the campaign began,  Warren was a relatively obscure, first time candidate, according to Tim Vercellotti, the director of the Western New England University Polling Institute.

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New England News
4:30 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Obama Victory Fuels Speculation On Kerry's Future

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Tuesdays election results have renewed speculation about the future of Massachusetts Senator John Kerry.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports

Kerry, who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee  is seen a possible successor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in President Obama’s second term..  Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says at this point it is just wild speculation.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Warren To Be First Massachusetts Woman In US Senate

People cheer at the Warren campaign's victory celebration in Boston
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Voters in Massachusetts reaffirmed the state’s liberal tradition Tuesday and made history by electing the state’s first female US Senator.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill was at the victory celebration in Boston for senator-elect Elizabeth Warren. 

Warren, a first time candidate, who was relatively unknown a year ago, defeated popular Republican incumbent Senator Scott Brown.

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Elections
6:50 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Warren over Brown in MA

Elizabeth Warren

Massachusetts made history Tuesday by electing its first woman to the US senate. WAMC Paul Tuthill reports.   

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New England News
3:30 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

A Busy Start To Voting In Massachusetts

Lucas Carreira, age 3, of Springfield MA helps his father, Marco, put his ballot into a counting machine at a polling place in Springfield
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A presidential election featuring a former governor and an intensely competitive US Senate race are credited for producing a surge of voters in Massachusetts today.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

In a scene that was repeated at polling places all across Massachusetts this morning  40 people were in a line that stretched down a hall way  at the Springfield Boys and Girls Club  waiting to vote  when the polling place in the gymnasium opened at 7 AM. A steady stream of voters followed throughout the morning. 

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New England News
7:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Brown-Warren Senate Race Close As Polls Open

The hard fought closely watched race for US Senate in Massachusetts has come down to the wire.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports

With President Obama expected to win Massachusetts by double digits, the outcome of the US Senate race will hinge on which candidate picks off the most Obama voters, in the opinion of Tim Vercellotti, director of polling at Western New England University.  A survey four weeks ago found 18 percent of Obama voters going for Scott Brown, but that’s fallen now to ten percent.

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New England News
4:19 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

73 percent Voter Turnout Predicted In Massachusetts

The top election official in Massachusetts predicts voter turnout Tuesday will match what it was four years ago.   WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports

   Secretary of State William Galvin expects  3.1 million of the state’s roughly  4.2 million registered voters, 73 percent,   will go to the polls. He said the closeness of the presidential race nationally and tight contest for US Senate in Massachusetts will compensate for the lack of  euphoria that drove the vote in 2008… Massachusetts  Democrats have cranked up a big get out the vote effort, according to party vice chair Ray Jordan.

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New England News
4:00 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Brown-Warren Senate Race Down To The Wire

US Senator John Kerry (D-MA) greets campaign volunteers at the western Mass. Democratic Campaign Headquarters in Springfield
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The candidates in the hard  fought closely watched U.S. Senate  race in Massachusetts rallied their supporters in eastern Massachusetts Monday.  The focus on election eve in western Massachusetts is the voter turnout operation, the so-called ground game.    WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

Massachusetts senior US Senator John Kerry visited the Democratic Party’s western Massachusetts campaign headquarters in Springfield  on election-eve and gave a pep talk to the volunteers.

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New England News
6:00 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Bay State Gas Rate Hike Denied

Massachusetts utility regulators say hundreds of thousands of natural gas customers will see lower bills this winter.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports

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