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
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
Credit WAMC

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
Credit WAMC

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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New England News
6:20 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Intervention Effort Focuses On Abuser In Domestic Violence

A shelter for battered women is working with law enforcement authorities in two western Massachusetts cities to intervene in domestic violence cases before there is a tragic outcome.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
4:20 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Springfield Puts Two Tornado Damaged Buildings Up For Sale

The gymnasium of the former State Armory Building in Springfield the day after the June 1,2011 tornado
Credit WAMC

Two city owned buildings heavily damaged by the June 1, 2011 tornado are being put up for sale in Springfield.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
12:30 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Springfield Takes Next Step In Casino Competition

The city of Springfield Massachusetts is moving to the second phase of its casino selection process.  The city’s mayor, meanwhile, has formed an ad hoc committee to advise him on casino decisions.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul  Tuthill reports.

Three high powered casino operators pursuing development rights in Springfield  passed the initial phase one review. Each will now be asked to submit detailed proposals including projections about economic benefits to the city and the state, and estimates of how many jobs the projects would create.

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New England News
7:30 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Mass. Senate Candidates Spend $68 Million

The race for US Senate in Massachusetts has shattered previous political spending records in Massachusetts.   WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports

The campaigns of Republican Senator Scott Brown and Democratic Challenger Elizabeth Warren have been spending at a furious rate. A combined total of $68 million as of Oct 17th.   Political consultant Tony Cignoli of Springfield notes that final campaign finance reports are due until well after the election.

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New England News
4:16 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Springfield Mayor Names Casino Advisory Committee

Credit City of Springfield

Officials in Springfield Massachusetts have announced a December 14 deadline for three  casino operators to submit detailed proposals about their projects.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports

    In addition to revealing the timetable for the next phase of the city’s casino selection process, Mayor Domenic Sarno Thursday named a six member committee to advise him on casino decisions.

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