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


State News
5:39 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Teacher Hopes To Raise Awareness, Compassion For Homeless By Living On The Street

Credit Tom Rebman

Tom Rebman is wearing an acid washed denim jacket, a black beanie and torn jeans. It’s cold in North Florida and a pair of long johns peek through the tear near his knee. His face is weathered, covered in a few days worth of salt and paper stubble. But the lines on his face frame clear blue eyes full of passion.

“Let me just say this: I don’t even like to say ‘homeless people,’ they’re people who are homeless. Because they’re not homeless first. They’re people first,” Rebman says.

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State News
4:30 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Florida Teacher Goes Homeless To Raise Awareness

Credit From Mr. Rebman's facebook page

A Central Florida middle school teacher has taken the year off to travel the state while living as a homeless person. Tom Rebman hopes to raise awareness as well as compassion for the more than 40,000 people living on the street in Florida.

Rebman started his awareness program in Orlando where he survived by panhandling and relying on donations. He slept on the street or in shelters,

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State News
4:33 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Lawmakers To File Bill Allowing 64 Ounce Growlers

Credit Wikimedia Commons

A pair of central Florida lawmakers are preparing a bill to repeal Florida’s rule banning the sale of 64 ounce beer growlers in Florida. But Regan McCarthy reports similar legislation has been “skunked” before by big beer distributors.

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State News
10:34 am
Mon December 15, 2014

With Gun Violence In The Spotlight Some Are Pushing For Increased Access To Firearms


Recent shootings around the country have left many reexamining police departments and policies. But they've also led to a renewed focus on personal protection with increased gun sales and a legislative proposal to allow guns on college campuses.

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WFSU Local
8:01 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Council On Gun Violence To Focus On Education And Outreach

Credit MGN Online


18 to 29-year-old black men made up the majority of assailants and victims of gun related crimes in Tallahassee from 2011 to 2013. That’s according to a study from the newly-formed Community Leadership Council on Gun Violence. Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo says the study is the first step to addressing gun violence in the city. 

DeLeo says the Committee is also using the study to identify which neighborhoods would most benefit from gun violence reduction efforts. 

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