Regan McCarthy

Senior Producer/Assignment Editor

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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Right now, about 800 Florida kids are waiting to find a forever home. November is national adoption month and state and city officials say they’re focused on finding more adoptive and foster parents.

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Lower cost flights could soon be coming to Tallahassee. That’s according to Ron Greenstein, the chair of the Tallahassee Airport Advisory Committee.

Jimbo Jackson
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After more than 20 years, Leon County’s Second District has a new commissioner.  Jimbo Jackson will take the seat vacated by outgoing commissioner Jane Sauls.

Regan McCarthy WFSU News

Al Lawson can officially call himself District Five’s Congressman. The former Florida state senator has been the heir apparent for the position since winning the primary against incumbent Corrine Brown and he quickly took the seat Tuesday. Lawson says he wants to focus on making college more accessible.

Leon county canvassing board at election supervisors office
Regan McCarthy WFSU News

Election Day made for a busy day for the members of the Leon County Canvassing Board. The board is responsible for everything from verifying signatures on mail in ballots to interpreting ballots a voting machine can’t read

City of Tallahassee

It’s time to stop taxing businesses just to open in Tallahassee. That’s the message from city commissioners who are expected Wednesday to discuss an ordinance getting rid of the city’s so called “business tax.”

Florida Supreme Court

The Florida Supreme Court reviewed a ballot measure Wednesday that would require a referendum to authorize casino gambling in the state. Regan McCarthy reports the measure is expected to come up on the ballot in 2018.

While a night of sleeping under the stars might sound idyllic, it’s a daily reality for some of the area’s homeless youth. Now Capital City Youth Services is working to address that through a sleep out Thursday.

Canopy road
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Fall and winter, when both temperatures and tree’s leaves begin dropping, is the perfect time to start thinking about creating a canopy to shade your neighborhood come summer. And one way to get started with that is through the Tallahassee and Leon County adopt a tree programs.

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Leon County and Tallahassee now have the area’s first Economic Strategic Plan. The document will be used to guide economic development efforts in the community. Some have raised concerns that the plan may give the impression of a new set of permanent guidelines. But Commissioner Gil Ziffer says that’s not the case. He says the proposal is likely to change over time.

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After a hearing Friday, a Federal Judge says he’s satisfied Florida officials are taking the steps needed to verify thousands of last minute voter registration applications.

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Early Voting in Leon County may be on track to break a record. That’s according to Assistant Supervisor of Elections, Chris Moore.

City of Tallahassee

Tallahassee Commissioners voted during their Wednesday meeting against a move to create a sound mitigation wall between Cascades Park and the Meyers Park neighborhood. Mayor Andrew Gillum says he had initially been in favor of the idea.

Jane Sauls talking to constituent
Leon County Commission

Leon County Commissioners celebrated the work of outgoing commissioner Jane Sauls Tuesday.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio has been leading in Florida’s U.S. Senate race, but new polls show the race may now be too close to call.

Alicja Colon

Affordable Housing is a growing concern in Tallahassee and Leon County. And both the city and county commission are looking for solutions.

Tom Hagerty

Floridians now have until the end of the day Tuesday October 18 to get signed up to vote. A federal judge Wednesday extended the state’s voter registration deadline.

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The Florida Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Rick Scott and Secretary of State Ken Detzner in an effort to get the state’s voter registration deadline pushed back. The official last day to register is Tuesday, but Florida Democratic Party spokesman Max Steele says he’s hopeful there’s time to address the issue.

“We think there’s time and we think it’s an important thing that the courts need to weigh in on so we can explore every option to ensuring every Floridian who wants to vote in this election has the chance to," Steele says.

Regan McCarthy WFSU News

Multi-use, multi-modal, walkability—chances are you’ve heard few of these buzz words thrown around as Tallahassee’s landscape changes and new development comes in. But who decided Tallahassee should be any of those things? And what happens if you’re not sure you like it? WFSU looks into how local development and the upcoming election might intersect.

A court hearing to decide whether the Seminole Tribe of Florida can keep offering banked card games like Black Jack is underway.

A home hit by a large tree during hurricane hermine
Regan McCarthy WFSU News

It’s been about a month since Hurricane Hermine blew through Tallahassee, testing state and local storm responses for the first time in more than a decade. Now citizens and officials are looking back on what went well and what needs improvement.

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Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles Canady is on Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump’s short list for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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More citrus farmers could be in for tax breaks when they replace trees damaged by citrus greening. That’s under a bill that passed in the U.S. House Wednesday.

Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel-Vasilinda (D-Tallahassee)
The Florida Channel

Tallahassee Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda has changed her registration from Democrat to NPA, or no party affiliation. Rehwinkel Vasilinda, who is not seeking another term in the House since she’s reached the maximum allowed, says her decision to leave the Democratic Party stems from frustration with the current presidential election.

City of Tallahassee

Tallahassee commissioners tentatively passed a budget Wednesday. Officials will take a final vote on the spending plan September 28.

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