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
5:59 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Godby Student Arrested For Bringing Loaded Gun To School

Credit Mitch Barrie

Leon County Sheriff officials arrested a Tallahassee high school student Thursday after he pulled a gun during a fight on school grounds.

According to a report from the Leon County Sheriff’s office, the 16-year-old student attempted to pull a gun out of his jacket when a fight broke out near the Godby high school cafeteria Thursday morning. The gun fell to the ground and Leon County Schools spokesman Chris Petley says a Godby administrator recovered it.

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State News
5:51 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Monarchy In Decline – Fewer Butterflies Expected At St. Marks Festival

Credit Don Sutherland

The St. Marks Wildlife Refuge’s Monarch Butterfly festival is scheduled for this weekend. But not many butterflies are expected to attend.

Experts say a diminishing habitat and climate change have led to a smaller monarch population that migrates later so even though organizers have pushed the festival’s date back, Education Specialist Lori Nicholson says not many Monarchs are likely to be there.

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WFSU Local
8:39 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

New City Program Aims To Trim Trees And Outages

Credit Thomas Clzauskas

Tallahassee utility officials say the city’s trees need what they call “enhanced trimming” to help fight outages caused by squirrels and falling tree limbs. Rob McGarrah is the general manager of the city electric utility.

“Obviously the greater distance the trees are from the lines the less probability they’re going to contact the lines or fall on the lines. The tree distance is also a function of how much animal challenge we have because the squirrels use the trees to get on the lines,” McGarrah says.

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WFSU Local
8:32 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

City Commission Approves Utility Hike

Credit Don Shall

The Tallahassee City Commission has voted to increase electric rates for businesses. Officials say the cost to provide electricity to the city’s businesses is not covered by the utility payments businesses make. Some business owners asked the city to consider reducing operating expenses instead of a rate hike, but Commissioner Nancy Miller says the utility is already keeping costs as low as it can.

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State News
5:54 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Lemurs, Hedgehogs and Birds – Oh My! FWC Hosting Exotic Pet Adoption Events

Credit Emanuel Keller

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is looking for homes for exotic pets. Regan McCarthy reports it’s part of an effort to keep non-native species out of the environment.

Some of the animals available for adoption include lemurs, prairie dogs and pythons. Exotic Pet Amnesty Program Coordinator Liz Barraco says the animals all come from owners who’ve surrendered them.

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