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
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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State News
6:49 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Duke Customers To Get $54 Million Credit

Credit K Michiels via Flickr

Duke Energy customers will get a break on their electric bills. A decision by the Public Service Commission will return $54 million the utility had charged consumers for a nuclear power project in Levy County.

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State News
5:13 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Is The Fifth Time The Charm For A Nuclear Cost Recovery Repeal? A North Florida Lawmaker Hopes So

Credit James Marvin Phelps

A Tallahassee lawmaker is pushing once again to repeal the state’s nuclear cost recovery clause.  State Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda (D-Tallahassee) says she plans to file her repeal for the fifth time in a row. Rehwinkel Vasilinda says lawmakers have made changes to the rule in the past years in an attempt to quiet voters’ concerns. But so far, she says, that hasn’t worked.

“Now we still have consumer voices being very loud and talking about the fairness of the issue and how to make rates more fair,” Rehwinkel Vasilinda says.

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