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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State News
4:12 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Lawmakers Sow Seeds To Grow SNAP Users At Farmers Markets

Credit Cleber Mori

Lawmakers are getting a green thumbs up for plan to give food stamp recipients more access to farmers markets.

As part of a push to help the state’s low income residents get more access to fresh fruit and vegetables, Sen. Geraldine Thompson (D-Orlando) is sponsoring a bill that would make it easier for farmers market vendors to accept electronic benefits cards from food stamp recipients.

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State News
6:30 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Parents And Volunteers Are Game For Youth Coach Background Checks

Credit Sean Winters

Florida lawmakers are considering a bill that would ensure the coaches and officials of youth athletic leagues undergo a background check. Some say the proposal is a homerun, while others are crying foul.

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State News
6:08 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Spring Cleaning Bill Sweeps Through Senate Panel

Credit Regan McCarthy

The Senate’s comprehensive springs cleanup bill includes provisions that set standards and establish a timeline and a funding mechanism to reverse pollution in what were once the state’s biggest tourist attraction.  But even with a solid framework, Senator Charlie Dean (R-Inverness) said reaching those goals will take constant work from the legislature.

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State News
10:51 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Lawmakers Push Restart Button On Arcade Legislation

Credit Andrew Ressa

When lawmakers passed a measure last session to crack down on internet cafes running illegal gaming operations, some worried the bill also meant “game over” for family arcades. A measure filed this year is aimed at backing off some of those rules so those businesses can stay open without gambling on the possibility of a lawsuit.

Capital Lanes in Tallahassee is more than just a bowling alley. It also houses a bar and sizeable arcade

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State News
5:42 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Alzheimer’s Bill To Implement Purple Ribbon Recommendations

Rep Matt Hudson
Credit Florida House

Changes recommended by the state’s  Purple Ribbon Alzheimer's task force are making their way through the Legislature. But, local municipalities are raising concerns over some aspects of the bills.

Four bills dealing with Alzheimer’s are in process.  Two deal with public records exemptions and two implement recommendations made by the state task force.  Representative Matt Hudson (R-Naples) is pushing the bills. On Wednesday, he told the story of one couple – his grandparents, Ed and Ethel Moore.

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