Regan McCarthy

Senior Producer/Assignment Editor

Phone: (850) 487-3086  x374

Regan McCarthy is the Assignment Editor and Senior News Producer for WFSU News/ Florida Public Radio. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories. She has also worked for the London Business Matters Magazine and the Rochester Sentinel, a daily local newspaper. She is the recipient of six professional broadcast awards including first-place Best Radio Feature from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.  When she isn’t tracking leading newsmakers she spends her time knitting, reading, strolling through the woods and brunching at new restaurants.  Follow Regan McCarthy on Twitter: @Regan_McCarthy

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WFSU Local
5:57 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Leon Health Officials Have A Fever And The Only Cure Is More Flu Shots

Credit Lance McCord

Every year thousands of people die from influenza, but despite that fact, just 31-percent of adults in Leon County have gotten a flu vaccine this year. And health officials report that number drops for minorities. Claudia Blackburn is the Leon County Health Officer.

“For non-Hispanic black adults it is 15-percent. And that is mighty low in my opinion. I would like to see that much higher. We are on par with the state of Florida and the nation. So, we’re not worse than everybody else,” Blackburn says.

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WFSU Local
5:20 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Leon Commissioners Make Moves To Honor Late Sheriff

Credit Leon County Sheriffs Department

Members of the Leon County Commission are considering a plan that would name a part of the local jail complex after the late Sheriff Larry Campbell. Campbell died in December after an extended battle with cancer. Commissioner John Dailey supports the move.

“This is a wonderful tribute to Sheriff Campbell, much deserved. I believe Vince has been in touch with the family as well to make sure this is in line with their wishes,” Dailey says.

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State News
10:44 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Bill To Bend Hotel Age Requirements For Military Members

Credit Minnesota Historical Society

Lawmakers are looking to the hospitality industry for help reaching the state’s new goal of making Florida the most military friendly state. A bill would require hotels to bend rules for military members who otherwise wouldn’t be old enough to book a room.

Rep. Bill Hager (R-Delray Beach) says his bill shows members of the military Florida supports them.

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State News
5:43 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Bill To Criminalize Unauthorized Posting Of Explicit Images

Credit MGN Online

Revenge porn is the practice of publicly posting explicit photos of another person online – often with identifying information such as that person’s name or address. And Representative Tom Goodson (R-Titusville) wants to criminalize it.

“Facial recognition, personal identification, tagging that. You do not do that for love, kindness, or even to tell people your girlfriend is great. You do that out of harassment, to harm to embarrass. You effect their job for life,” Goodson says.

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State News
5:32 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Greyhound Injury Reporting Bill Quick Out Of The Starting Gate

Credit Rainer Hungershausen

Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner expects a bill tracking racing greyhound injuries to be one of the first bills passed this year. The measure got an initial approval from a panel of senators Wednesday.

The bill would require the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation to keep records of injured racing greyhounds. The bill’s sponsor Senator Eleanor Sobel (D-Hollywood) says the move creates transparency in what she calls a lose-lose industry.

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