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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    The Massachusetts economy grew by an impressive 4 percent in the second quarter, well outpacing the nation’s 2.6 percent expansion rate.


Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey said he supports developing high-speed rail service between Springfield and Boston.


    Activists rallied in Massachusetts today to protest immigrant detention legislation filed by Governor Charlie Baker. 


     Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey said he is optimistic about prospects for a bipartisan effort on shoring up the Affordable Care Act now that Republican repeal efforts have failed.


    Heating systems that use woodchips and pellets for fuel could quality for the same types of clean energy financial incentives as solar and wind in Massachusetts under controversial regulations drafted by the Baker administration. 

     A final public hearing on the proposed rules was held today in western Massachusetts.

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey is holding a town hall in Springfield Monday.

Environmental and health groups are crying foul over proposed changes in Massachusetts regulations concerning wood boilers.


The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is two months old, but historically it is time for people on east coast of the United States to start paying attention to storm activity over the ocean. 


Despite a judge’s ruling, voters in Massachusetts will still need to register in advance to cast ballots in upcoming municipal elections.


The field of Republicans looking to take on Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren next year is growing.


    An historic preservation organization is honoring UMass Amherst for the $21 million two-year renovation of the Old Chapel building.

    A western Massachusetts city is adding more police surveillance cameras after a pilot program proved successful.


   A new push is being made to get police departments in Massachusetts equipped with body and cruiser cameras.  A law enforcement equipment company is offering free trials of its camera system. A state legislator wants the Baker administration to come up with guidelines for using the technology.


   A Massachusetts state legislator is asking the Baker administration to come up with guidelines for police to use body and cruiser cameras.


    A special legislative commission tasked with coming up with recommendations about online gambling has issued its final report to members of the Massachusetts legislature.

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    Many cities in the region will participate today in National Night Out, an annual event that seeks to improve relations between the police and the community.

Many cities in the region will participate Tuesday in National Night Out, an annual event that seeks to improve relations between the police and the community.

The dean of the city council in Springfield, Massachusetts says he is calling it a career. 

City Councilors in Springfield, Ma voted 9-3 to override Mayor Domenic Sarno's veto of an ordinance creating a five-member board of police commissioners.

  This year’s municipal election in the largest city in western Massachusetts has drawn a large number of candidates.  Even in the absence of an election for mayor in Springfield, it is shaping up to be a very hot campaign season.

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Columbia Gas Company says it has begun repairs on over 200 gas leaks throughout its service area in western Massachusetts.


Activists in western Massachusetts continue to campaign for the release of a local man who is one of about 1,400 Iraqis rounded up across the country for deportation.


  This year’s municipal election in the largest city in western Massachusetts has drawn a large number of candidates.

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As Congress considers whether to reauthorize funds for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Program, a top agency official this week highlighted the latest funding awards in western Massachusetts.

One of the most notorious figures in the Boston Archdiocese clergy sex abuse scandal has been released from prison and plans to live eventually in western Massachusetts.


    The head of the second-largest public housing authority in Massachusetts is going to retire on August 1st. after almost a decade of leading an agency back to respectability following a corruption scandal.


    The executive director of the second largest public housing authority in Massachusetts is retiring on August 1st after almost a decade leading an agency that had been rocked by a corruption scandal prior to his arrival. 

A special legislative commission in Massachusetts is recommending permanently legalizing daily fantasy sports, but holding off on sanctioning additional online gaming.


  Cases of infants dying in their sleep are on the increase nationally.  The top law enforcement officer in one western Massachusetts county is joining with public health officials to urge new parents to follow the guidance for proper sleeping arrangements for children under 12 months.

     The largest cities in Massachusetts are trying to slow down drivers on residential streets.

  The top transportation official in Massachusetts plans to review the service cuts planned by the largest regional transit authority in western Massachusetts.  Local officials and advocates for bus passengers blame inadequate state funding for the cuts.