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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After a smooth opening 21 days ago, the first resort casino in Massachusetts has been awarded a permanent operating license from state regulators. 


   Honors have been bestowed on two international college students who drowned in a western Massachusetts river this summer while saving two children. 


The largest state fair in New England, the Big E, is underway in western Massachusetts.


        Following a successful opening, the first resort casino in Massachusetts has been given a permanent license to operate by state regulators.


    Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts say they have a three-phase plan to outfit the city’s police officers with body-worn cameras. 

    A moratorium on marijuana stores in the largest city in western Massachusetts has been extended until the end of November. 

A moratorium on marijuana stores in the largest city in western Massachusetts has been extended until the end of November. 


   Springfield, Massachusetts joined communities large and small across the country today that held ceremonies to mark the 17th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.  By next year, the city will have a permanent 9-11 monument installed.

  A new multi-media campaign was launched this week in western Massachusetts to highlight the fact that many people in the region face hunger on a daily basis.

    A major shakeup in the entertainment and cultural landscape of western Massachusetts was announced today.

A posthumous promotion is being sought for an African-American member of the police department in Springfield, Massachusetts whom advocates say was denied the rank of captain because of his race.  But, the city’s top cop warns it would open a “Pandora’s box.”  


Just days before the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks a groundbreaking for a permanent memorial was held in Springfield, Massachusetts.

      Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has been endorsed for reelection by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, a Democrat.

Plans for a large water park and sports complex with a 450-room hotel in Palmer, MA.
Northeast Group

Plans have been unveiled to build a year round water park resort in western Massachusetts.

Springfield Police Dept

     A large number of illegally possessed firearms have been seized in the largest city in western Massachusetts.

Plans for a large water park and sports complex with a 450-room hotel in Palmer, MA.
Northeast Group

Developers are proposing a $650 million year round water park resort in the western Massachusetts town of Palmer. 

A write-in candidate has declared victory in the Democratic primary in the Massachusetts Senate district long represented by former Senate President Stan Rosenberg of Amherst.


      Winds of change may have blown over some of the Massachusetts political landscape Tuesday, but a longtime incumbent prevailed in a Democratic primary for Congress in the western part of the state.


Congressman Richard Neal claimed what he described as a “very substantial” victory Tuesday in the Democratic primary in Massachusetts’ First District.


Polls are open until 8 p.m. in Massachusetts today as voters narrow the field of Democrats and Republicans competing for federal, state, and county offices in the November general election.

A vote here sign in English and Spanish on sidewalk

Massachusetts is holding an oddly timed primary on Tuesday.

Massachusetts State House

Several Democratic primaries are taking place Tuesday in western Massachusetts House and Senate districts.

Jay Gonzalez

Two Democrats, Jay Gonzalez and Bob Massie, are competing in a primary Tuesday in Massachusetts to take on what polls indicate is a seemingly impossible task: defeat the most popular governor in the country.

WGBY Public Television

       One of the most watched races in western Massachusetts next Tuesday will be for the Democratic nomination in the state’s 1st Congressional District.  Many see in it elements of the national struggle over the future of the Democratic Party. It pits a white male incumbent against a woman of color, who is also a Muslim.

Officials are recommending a cap on the number of adult-use marijuana stores that would be permitted in the largest city in western Massachusetts.

Bills are likely to be introduced in the next session of the Massachusetts legislature that would allow doctors in certain circumstances to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill patients.

The new MGM Head Start Center is in Springfield's South End neighborhood less than a block from the $960 million resort casino complex.

Classes start after Labor Day at a new Head Start school built by MGM near the casino it operates in downtown Springfield.

Massachusetts lawmakers have decided once again not to enact a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags by retail stores.


    The extreme heat is disrupting back-to-school schedules in western Massachusetts.


     With schools back in session, a program that provided free meals to children during the summer in parks, playgrounds, campgrounds, and churches has come to an end.  In one western Massachusetts community, kids had healthy lunches delivered right to where they live from a fully-equipped kitchen on wheels.