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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    At a critical juncture in its history, the Springfield, Massachusetts Police Department is increasing its supervisory ranks.


    A first-of-its kind food services center to feed public school children will soon be operating in Springfield, Massachusetts. 


A $70 million project is being planned to remove a contaminant from the drinking water used by 250,000 people in western Massachusetts.

    Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts want to give more teeth to the civilian board that reviews complaints about the city’s troubled police department.

    Housing developers seeking a tax break in the largest city in western Massachusetts will have to conform to new rules.

    After hearing from residents Monday night, the City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts is poised to take a final vote on an ordinance to ban single-use plastic shopping bags.


    An ambitious plan has been unveiled for renovating and updating one of the oldest urban parks in western Massachusetts. 

Northampton Arts Council

     A western Massachusetts city with a vibrant and diverse poetry community has a new poet laureate.


Plans have been unveiled for an ambitious renovation of one of the largest urban parks in western Massachusetts. 

Umass Amherst

UMass Amherst says a new $101 million science building will help fill the workforce pipeline for the state’s innovation economy.

the front door of Springfield Police Headquarters

   A consultant is suggesting changes in how the troubled Springfield, Massachusetts Police Department polices itself.  

    New York, beginning next March, will ban retailers from giving customers single-use plastic shopping bags. Is Massachusetts next?


      More supervisors have been added to the ranks of the troubled police department in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

       With a recent measles outbreak in the news and the on-going opioid addiction crisis, it is an opportune time to bring attention to public health resources.

Fresh Paint Springfield

     The bare outside walls of 10 buildings in Springfield will be the canvases for professional artists when a mural festival comes to western Massachusetts later this year.

A consultant with a real estate company said there is "high degree of confidence" of moving forward with the redevelopment of the long-vacant Court Square Hotel building. MGM Springfield is investing in the $55 million project to satisfy its obligation to develop market-rate housing within a half-mile of the downtown casino.Credit WAMCEdit | Remove

   MGM plans to increase the amount of money it intends to invest in a major urban renewal project just a block from its downtown gambling resort in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

As of today, marijuana companies can apply to set up shop in the largest city in western Massachusetts. 

     The third-largest city in Massachusetts has hired its first sustainability coordinator, a person to help it achieve energy efficiency goals.

The third largest city in Massachusetts has hired its first sustainability coordinator to help it achieve energy efficiency goals. 


       Fallout from the indictments of 14 current and former Springfield, Massachusetts police officers continues with harsh words between a city official and the Hampden County District Attorney.

a water drinking fountain

    A recent report from MassPIRG and Environment Massachusetts gave the state a “D” for its efforts to get lead out of school’s drinking water.    But officials say the Springfield Public Schools deserve a much higher grade. 

A significant urban renewal project in the heart of the largest city in western Massachusetts may be moving forward with financial backing from casino giant MGM.


A statewide grand jury in Massachusetts Wednesday indicted 13 Springfield police officers and one former officer on charges stemming from a 2015 assault on four men.

the front door of Springfield Police Headquarters

    Thirteen Springfield, Massachusetts police officers and one former officer are now facing charges stemming from a 2015 off-duty beating outside a bar. 

    New indictments were returned Wednesday by a statewide grand jury alleging several officers committed perjury and filed false reports in an attempt to cover up the now notorious 2015 incident.    

    The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office had previously brought assault and battery and conspiracy charges against six police officers.

     All have pleaded not guilty.

Easthampton Healthy Youth Coalition

With public schools in Massachusetts and elsewhere coming up on spring breaks, a national public health campaign is urging parents to use the time to talk to children about underage drinking and drug use.


     Housing developers looking for a property tax break in the largest city in western Massachusetts may face tougher rules.  

A vote here sign in English and Spanish on sidewalk

        It is still somewhat early in the municipal election season in western Massachusetts, but things are beginning to fall into place as candidates begin to emerge. 

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           Republicans are taking a victory lap now that President Trump and his 2016 election campaign have been cleared of collusion with Russia.

A recent ruling from the highest court in Massachusetts is being hailed as an important victory for workers’ rights.

      As a step to restore community trust, the acting commissioner of the troubled Springfield, Massachusetts police department is planning to pursue accreditation.