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Hearing Set For Nominee To Massachusetts Federal Bench


The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing Tuesday on the nomination of a county prosecutor to a federal judgeship in western Massachusetts.

    Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington for a hearing five months after he was nominated President Obama to fill a vacancy on the federal bench.

   If confirmed by the full Senate, Mastroianni would become the U.S. District Court Judge in Springfield.  He would succeed Judge Michael Ponsor, who took semi-retired status in 2011.

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.