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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The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities has ordered a moratorium on all but emergency repair work by Columbia Gas in all areas of the state.

    As the largest city in western Massachusetts readies for the arrival of legal marijuana retail stores, there is a move to help people who were harmed when selling pot was a crime.

   The longtime executive director of a grassroots anti-poverty organization in western Massachusetts has announced her retirement.


Hoping to get natural gas service restored to several communities north of Boston before cold weather sets in, a utility company has announced a streamlined repair process. 

Massachusetts State Police

   In the midst of a widespread investigation into overtime fraud, the Massachusetts State Police sought to destroy payroll records.

With just a month to go before the election in Massachusetts, Republican Governor Charlie Baker and his Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez sparred about several issues during their first televised debate Tuesday night.


   In the wake of gas explosions and fires in the Merrimack Valley, the safety of natural gas infrastructure across Massachusetts is being questioned. Activists are challenging plans to expand gas pipelines.

Massachusetts marijuana regulators Thursday approved final licenses for the first two retail pot shops in the state, but opening dates remain uncertain.


A project to restore an historic theater in western Massachusetts is getting a financial boost from the state. 

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    A state legislator is calling for public hearings in western Massachusetts with Columbia Gas Company officials to find out more about last month’s gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley.


      A nonprofit organization is making emergency loans available to farmers in part of western Massachusetts who suffered losses due to the weather this summer.


A nonprofit organization is making emergency loans available to farmers in part of western Massachusetts who suffered losses due to the weather this summer.

   The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts voted Monday to pay $1.1 million to settle pending lawsuits, with most of the money going to resolve complaints of police misconduct.

One of three street pianos in Springfield, MA

  An organization promoting arts, music, theater, and cultural attractions in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts has a new executive director.


More money is being put into the retirement system for public employees in the third-largest city in Massachusetts.  But it will barely make a dent in what is the worst unfunded municipal pension liability in the state.  

MA State Rep. Geoff Diehl

The Republican challenging Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts has released the first TV ad of the campaign.

   The city of Northampton is hoping to get in on the action from the new MGM casino in Springfield.

Steps are being taken to put more money into the worst-funded municipal pension system in Massachusetts.

The first new library in 20 years is being built in Springfield, Massachusetts.  The $10 million project is being paid for by the state and the city while a campaign to raise additional public funds passed a milestone.

Massachusetts Gaming Commission

  The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has picked an interim leader amid an investigation into Wynn Resorts, which is building a casino in greater Boston.


Volunteers will fan out along the length of the Connecticut River in New England over the next two days September 28th and 29th to collect tons of trash.


   Addressing a growing demand from working parents, a child care provider in western Massachusetts is expanding its hours to include nights and weekends. 

    After a successful write-in campaign to secure the Democratic nomination in Massachusetts’ Hampshire, Franklin, and Worcester Senate District, Jo Comerford’s name will be on the ballot in November.

Officials are finalizing regulations for retail marijuana stores in the largest city in western Massachusetts.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno

The mayor of the largest city in western Massachusetts has declared publically he plans to run for re-election in 2019.


   Now that MGM has opened the $960 million resort casino in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, the company is facing a deadline to commit to a project to build off-site housing.

      The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is beginning its 75th concert season.

Super Galaxy jets lined up on the tarmac
Westover Air Reserve Base

      A major aircraft modernization by the U.S. Air Force wrapped up Thursday at an air base in western Massachusetts.


         Facing competition from the new MGM Springfield casino, a western Massachusetts city has unveiled a plan to market itself.


    Military people who have helped track the financing of terrorist cells around the world are putting their skills to use in the war on drugs in Massachusetts.