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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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a vaccine poster
City of Springfield

  New coronavirus infections in Springfield, Massachusetts have risen for four consecutive weeks.

    Weeks ago, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker told reporters in Springfield he would decide “soon” about whether he’ll run next year for a third term.

the former Brookings school building
City of Springfield

    A former school in Springfield, Massachusetts that was heavily damaged in the 2011 tornado is being proposed as a local historic district.

a cellphone

   Earlier this month, President Joe Biden issued an executive order calling on the Federal Trade Commission to establish regulations to prohibit manufacturers from making it difficult, or impossible, to have products fixed by consumers or independent repair shops.

entrance to the basketball hall of fame
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        Dozens of venues in western Massachusetts that were forced to close last year during the COVID-19 pandemic have now received federal aid. 


   Work is expected to begin next month on a $3 million project to repair a dam in Springfield, Massachusetts that has been classified as “high hazard.” 

Charles D'Amour, President and CEO of the Big Y supermarket chain announces a $1.5 million donation to the Food Bank's capital campaign. Food Bank of Western Mass. Ex Director Andrew Morehouse is on the right.
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

    Fundraising is underway to build a new hub for emergency food assistance in western Massachusetts.

A Massachusetts municipal sign
Office of the Mass. State Auditor

    A recent report said there are deficiencies in a state program in Massachusetts that makes payments in lieu of taxes for state-owned lands.

Springfield Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris.
City of Springfield

     Like much of the nation, Springfield, Massachusetts is seeing a rise in new coronavirus infections prompting the city’s top public health officer to urge extra precautions.

A treatment area in the emergency room at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield, MA

   The American Rescue Plan Act expanded health insurance affordability.

      Massachusetts legislators today held what is expected to be the first of many public hearings on how to spend almost $5 billion from the American Rescue Plan Act.

BasicGov, flickr

Advocates for tenants fear a spike in evictions will occur in Massachusetts once a federal moratorium ends on July 31st.  

an art exhibit
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

An exhibit of works by an artist and activist once described as “China’s most dangerous man” has opened in western Massachusetts. 

An Amtrak train at Union Station in Springfield
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

     Long-distance passenger train service returns to western New England today and celebrations are planned to greet the first Amtrak Vermonter train since March 2020.

The starball at the Springfield Museum's planetarium
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

   After 18 months of work -- with interruptions due to the pandemic -- a refurbished planetarium reopened to the public today at the Springfield Museums. 

Photographer Chris Marion
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

     A professional photographer from western Massachusetts will share a ten-year retrospective of his work at a public showing in Springfield on Saturday.

The six story building in Springfield's Court Square known as 31 Elm Street

  A milestone was announced today in a long sought urban renewal project in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.

Big E To Hold Job Fair

Jul 14, 2021
Eastern States Exposition Collosseum
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

With the Big E set to return this September for the first time in two years, for it to be a successful fair, there are a number of jobs that need to be filled.

dirt bikes
Springfield Police Dept


                City Councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts are continuing debate on a proposal to cut off illegal dirt bike riders at the pumps.


       The city of Springfield, Massachusetts plans to have a feasibility study done on building a municipal broadband network.

From L to R: Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Paul Caron, Chairman, Dave Vigneault Political Scholarship Committee, Tyana Padilla, 2021 Scholarship Recipient, Duong Thai, 3rd Place Scholarship Recipient, Tony Cignoli, and City Councilor Jesse Lederman
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

A life in public service was honored today in Springfield, Massachusetts with the awarding of scholarships. 

the front door of Springfield Police Headquarters

    A year after a scathing report from the U.S. Department of Justice about the Springfield, Massachusetts police department, talks continue toward a settlement agreement on reforms. 

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) greets about 75 constituents at a town hall Friday in Springfield.
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

     U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts held a town hall Friday with her constituents in Springfield.

a sign welcoming people back to the East Forest Park Library
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

As pandemic-era restrictions have eased and COVID cases continue to remain low in Massachusetts, Springfield this week reopened its seven branch libraries. 

The COVID-19 vaccine moves from cold storage at the Department of Health to coolers and is transported to the TU Center for mass vaccination clinics.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

  The only large-scale COVID-19 vaccination clinic in western Massachusetts administered its last shot Tuesday. The change comes as Springfield struggles still to increase its vaccination rate.

a table of handguns and ammo
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

  After a weekend that saw at least seven people stuck by gunfire, authorities in Springfield, Massachusetts highlighted recent efforts to get guns off the streets.  

A house under construction
Wikimedia Commons: Rishichhibber,

   New research by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Labor Center says the exploitation of undocumented workers in the residential construction industry is costing Massachusetts taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.

fireworks over the Connecticut River
Spirit of Springfield

   After having to cancel last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, fireworks displays are being held this Fourth of July holiday in Massachusetts cities and towns.

U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) reads a book to children at the Greater Springfield YMCA Childcare Center.
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

  Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey highlighted federal support for child care during a visit today to the largest child care provider in the Springfield area.

    An audit will be conducted of how the city of Springfield, Massachusetts goes about awarding local approvals for marijuana businesses.