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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    In the latest round of grant awards, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has authorized spending almost $2 million from a fund established to help offset costs related to the construction of the state’s two large resort casinos.   The Wynn casino under construction outside Boston and the MGM casino that is being built in downtown Springfield are impacting traffic and parking.

A poll found more than half of Massachusetts residents say they would pay an extra $10 a month on energy bills, if it led to a reduction in greenhouse gases.

Fourth of July weekend events in Springfield, Massachusetts include a free concert by the acclaimed U.S. Army Field Band.


More than a ton of prescription medications have been safely disposed of since a drug takeback program started in western Massachusetts ten months ago.

     The city of Northampton, Massachusetts recently made new land purchases, including the only bog located in the city, to add to its acreage of permanently protected open space.


More than a ton of prescription medications have been safely disposed of since a drug take back program started in western Massachusetts ten months ago.

The mayor of Springfield has joined calls for a feasibility study of high-speed east-west rail in Massachusetts.

Pregnant Woman
Sara Neff | Flickr

   The Massachusetts State Senate is expected to vote Thursday on bill mandating protections for pregnant workers.


    Thousands of young people in more than 30 low-income communities in Massachusetts will be working this summer thanks to a state-funded jobs program.

  The Baker administration announced a first round of funding awards Tuesday under a new $15 million program to help municipalities attract shovel-ready development projects.

The Baker Administration has analyzed how the health care bill being weighed by Republicans in the U.S. Senate would impact Massachusetts.


    After two decades as president of the teachers union in the second-largest public school system in Massachusetts, Tim Collins is formally retiring at the end of the month.  

The PVTA is using 17 bus bays at Union Station for 19 routes. There area real-time arrival and departure signs at each of the bus berths.

The newest transportation hub in western Massachusetts is drawing rave reviews from people using it for the first time today.  Springfield’s Union Station reopened after 44 years following a $95 million restoration. 

    Massachusetts legislators hope to get a marijuana regulation bill to Governor Charlie Baker by the end of the month.

The major project to resurface the elevated 2-mile section of Interstate 91 through downtown Springfield, Massachusetts is now in its second year.


   The grand-opening celebrations are this weekend at Springfield’s restored Union Station, but the new transit center will only partially be operational.


   A new era in transportation in western Massachusetts begins in a few days. After being closed for decades, Union Station in Springfield is reopening following a years-long $95 million dollar restoration and redevelopment. 

    James Sullivan, 96, remembers Union Station during its glory days.

    " I can remember coming down from Northampton on the old railroad,"  Sullivan recalled during a visit to Union Station earlier this year with veterans from the Holyoke Soldiers Home. 


A number of state-funded building renovations are planned this summer in the second-largest school district in Massachusetts.

Following a federal appeals court ruling, the mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is downplaying the threat of competition for the MGM casino under construction in his city.

    Management at a western Massachusetts hospital is taking steps to try to block a one-day strike called by unionized nurses in a bitter contract dispute.


    There are rumblings the Boston Red Sox’s top minor league team may soon be looking for a new home.   Could the team end up in Springfield?


      Movies will play in public parks in Springfield, Massachusetts this summer.

     On the last day of the current school year, a new contract has been finalized for teachers in the second-largest school district in Massachusetts.

Volunteer collects river water samples for testing
Connecticut River Conservancy

       With the summer recreation season here, the Connecticut River Conservancy, formerly the Connecticut River Watershed Council, has launched a program to let people know if the river is clean enough to swim in. 


A brand new state-of-the-art outdoor public pool beckons swimmers in a western Massachusetts city that was forced to close the majority of its pools when hazardous PCBs were discovered.


    The largest city in western Massachusetts has a new budget in place for the fiscal year that begins July 1st.  After years of stress over deficits, layoffs, and service cuts this budget season was a relative breeze.  

  With less than 2 weeks before the start of a new fiscal year in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts, City Councilors are poised to approve a new budget, perhaps as soon as tonight.

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      A State Senator from western Massachusetts is in the middle of a tour today intended to highlight support for expanding passenger rail service between Springfield and Boston.


    The city of Springfield, Massachusetts has been offered a free trial of police body cameras.


     A major infrastructure project is planned in advance of next year’s scheduled opening of the MGM Springfield casino.