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
6:10 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Union Station Renovation To Begin

Union Station in Springfield MA
Credit WAMC

Federal, state and local officials on Tuesday will mark the start of construction on a new transportation center in Springfield Massachusetts.   WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports

Governor Deval Patrick and Congressman Richard Neal will lead a ceremony to begin a $48 million dollar renovation of Springfield’s historic Union Station.  The city’s chief development officer Kevin Kennedy said the old downtown station, that closed in 1973, will be completely renovated. When finished it will bring inter city rail,  mass transit buses and inter city bus services all to a single location.

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New England News
6:10 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Lower Property Tax Bills Expected In Springfield Mass.

Most property tax bills in Springfield Massachusetts are expected to be lower next year. WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

The city’s total tax levy, the amount it can bill, is $2 million less than last year.  A  consequence of  plunging values for  most homes in Springfield,  according to the city’s chief assessor Richard Allen

How much lower won’t be known until the Springfield City Council votes to set new tax rates. The council’s finance committee has scheduled a series of public hearings over the next two weeks with the goal of setting the new tax rates by December 1st.

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New England News
4:10 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

State Grant Aids Mill Redevelopment Work

Part of the former Facemate textile mill in Chicopee MA that has been torn down to make way for a $12 million redevelopment
Credit WAMC

The city of Chicopee Massachusetts is receiving federal funding to turn vacant rundown buildings into affordable  housing opportunities for first time homebuyers.  It is also one of four cities in western Massachusetts recently awarded millions in state grants  to support economic development and housing projects.    WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

In recent years, more than 150 derelict buildings, many in foreclosure, have been renovated or demolished and replaced by new housing under a program  to  attract first time homebuyers to Chicopee.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Massachusetts Computing Center Set To Start Operating

Some of the cabinets that will house computers in the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke
Credit WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick headed a list of hundreds of government, academic and business leaders who gathered in Holyoke Friday to mark the completion of an energy efficient high performance computing center.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

 Governor Patrick said the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center holds great scientific and economic promise, and he praised the partnership of government, academia and business that built the $165 million dollar center.

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New England News
12:50 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Social Justice Organization Marks 25th Anniversary

Michaelann Bewsee, Ex.Director of Arise For Social Justice
Credit Arise

Arise For Social Justice, the famed anti-poverty organization in Springfield Massachusetts marks its 25th anniversary this year.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Michaelann Bewsee, the current executive director and one of the original founders.

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New England News
5:50 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Computing Center Construction Completed

The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
Credit MGHPCC

A state of the art energy efficient high performance computing center is going on line in Holyoke Massachusetts.    WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports

A formal ribbon cutting ceremony with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is set for Friday afternoon.   Partners in the $165  million dollar project include the state, the University of Massachusetts, Harvard, MIT and high tech companies EMC and Cisco.  At a topping off ceremony, a year ago, Gov Patrick predicted the computing center would bring the state’s renowned innovation economy to economically struggling Holyoke.

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New England News
5:20 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Lawsuit Over Late Night Entertainment Curfew Settled

The city of Springfield Massachusetts and several adult entertainment clubs have settled a federal court lawsuit over a late night entertainment curfew.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
5:30 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Springfield Officials To Meet With Casino Developers

Downtown Springfield MA.

Officials in Springfield Massachusetts have scheduled an informational meeting with representatives from the three companies looking to build a resort casino in the city.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

The meeting this Wednesday in Springfield City Hall is open to the public. The city’s Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy calls it  another milestone in the city’s casino competition process.

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New England News
5:10 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Hearing To Examine Massachusetts Oversight Of Pharmacies

The oversight of compounding pharmacies in Massachusetts will be the subject of a legislative hearing this week.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
4:42 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Veterans Day Job Fair Held

The Massachusetts Office of Labor and Workforce Development is holding a series of events and activities in November to help veterans find work.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

The Career Point Career Center in Holyoke would not normally be open on the Veterans Day holiday, but it opened its doors for two and a half hours Monday morning to host a job fair just for military veterans.  David Gadaire, the executive director of Career Point says on a typical day they’ll see 40 to 50 veterans come into the local state employment office looking for work.

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