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Former Massachusetts Congressman Joe Early Dies

Long time Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Joseph Early has died at the age of 79.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.


Early, who was born and raised in blue collar  Worcester, took great pride in representing his home region in the U.S House for 9  terms  between 1975 and 1993.  Congressman Jim McGovern of Worcester called Early an incredible public servent who fought tirelessly for working people.  Early served in the Navy and taught school before he was elected to the state legislature in 1963.   Early was caught up in a House banking scandal, and although he was not charged criminally, it led to him loosing his seat in the 1992 election.   His son, Joseph Early Jr is the current Worcester District Attorney.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.