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
6:45 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

The Number of Nurses In Florida Is Growing, But A Shortage Is On The Horizon

Credit Michael Kelly

The overall number of nurses in Florida is increasing, but experts say Florida needs to find ways to keep the nurses who are working now from retiring or face a shortage.

Florida’s population is aging and so are its nurses.  According to a report from the Florida Center for Nursing nearly half  the state’s registered nurses are 51 or older.  And Center Executive Director, Mary Lou Brunell says that spells trouble, unless employers make some changes. She says employers need to help nurses move from more strenuous jobs to positions that require fewer hours or less physical work.

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State News
5:31 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Appeals Court: Felons Not Blocked From Claiming Self Defense

Credit Mitch Barrie

Can a convicted felon, who’s not supposed to have a gun in the first place, still use a gun legally for self-defense? That depends which Florida self-defense law he uses, according to a recent appeals court ruling. The first law doesn’t say convicted felons can’t defend themselves with guns. The second one – the so called “Stand Your Ground” law – specifically says they can’t. Rep. Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala) who authored the Stand Your Ground law, says he’s watching what happens next in the courts.

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State News
6:08 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Teachers Union Looks To Block Voucher Expansion Through Single Subject Lawsuit

Credit Colleen Cayoup

The Florida teachers union is backing a lawsuit to strike down an education bill passed by lawmakers during the last legislative session. The group claims the measure breaks the state’s single subject rule.

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State News
6:03 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Women’s Hall Of Fame Deadline Is Tuesday

Tuesday is the last day to submit nominations for the Florida Women’s hall of fame. The designation recognizes the contributions women have made in Florida for more than 30 years.

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State News
5:48 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Nearly 200 Laws Go Into Effect This Month

Credit V.H. Hammer

Starting this month nearly 200 new laws are now active in Florida. That might sound like a lot, but it’s actually just about a sixth of the bills filed with a July effective date this year. Political experts say a looming election year put a damper on both the number and content of bills passed last legislative session, but that isn’t stopping some of the people directly affected by the new rules from celebrating.

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