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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2014 Election
9:48 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Florida Ballot Preview: One Cent Local Government Sur Tax Extension

Credit VISIT FLORIDA Editor / Flickr

Every morning this week we’re taking a look at the amendments Florida voters will see on the ballot. Today we’re tackling Leon County’s One Cent Local Government Sur Tax Extension. Okaying the measure means a 20-year extension for a one penny tax shoppers have been paying for decades.

Since 1989 the extra 1 percent sales tax has helped pay for road and public safety projects. More recently the use for that money has expanded. Now it covers the cost of sidewalks, parks, and storm water projects. Kim Williams works with the group Leon Alliance for a Better community.

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WFSU Local
5:59 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Proper Medicine Disposal Protects State Water

Credit Rodrigo Senna

Over the weekend local officials collected more than 250 pounds of unwanted medication. They’ll dispose of it by incineration. The collection drive is part of an effort to keep medications from reaching the state’s water bodies.

Medicines flushed down the toilet or washed down the sink can have an impact on the fish and frogs living in the state’s water bodies. That’s according to Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Specialist, Lauri Tenace.

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State News
10:09 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Some Call Governor's Transparency Efforts Cloudy

When it comes to transparency, Florida Governor Rick Scott hasn’t always been crystal clear. So says President of the First Amendment Foundation, Barbara Petersen. She says some of that stems from the governor’s long history working in the private sector.

“We had a few bumps along the way there early in the administration if you remember," Petersen says. "We had problems getting access to the transition team e-mails and it turns out they had been deleted. The governor did a good job of trying to go back to get those e-mails – the ones he could."

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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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