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New Manager Named For Child Literacy Campaign

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A nationally-recognized child literacy program in western Massachusetts has a new manager.

Chrissy Howard will run the Springfield City Library’s Reading Success by 4th Grade initiative. 

The library assumed management of the program earlier this year from the Davis Foundation. 

The Springfield-based philanthropy began the effort in 2009 to raise the level of 3rd grade reading proficiency in the city’s public schools, which at the time was 28 percent.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Howard.

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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