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

Leon County Commission Website

Leon County Commissioners are putting a contract with a D.C. lobbying firm on hold. Commissioners are hesitant to commit to a specific firm with a presidential regime change looming.

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

Leon County Commissioners Tuesday reviewed the local response to Hurricane Hermine. Commissioners received a report containing more than 100 ideas for improvement.

Leon County Courthouse,
Michael Rivera via Wikimedia Commons

The economy, the environment, quality of life and governance—those are the areas County Commissioners have agreed to focus on in the coming years.

Leon School Superintendent Jackie Pons (right) with City Commissioner Scott Maddox campaigning.
LHatter / WFSU News

A hearing is scheduled to continue Friday in a case questioning Tallahassee Commissioner Scott Maddox’s residency.

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Florida wildlife officials are holding a workshop Thursday on how to get a group of buddies together to start a fire. They're encouraging landowners to cut down on wildfires by forming “prescribed burn associations.”

Deck of cards with Ace of Spades on top
Steven Depolo

An attempt to create a new gambling agreement between the state and Seminole Indian Tribe failed last legislative session, but Florida’s legislative leaders say they’d like to see a compact pass this time around.

Thanksgiving Dinner
Justin Smith via Flickr

Floridians with HIV and their advocates are hoping to find community, friendship and a place at the table this holiday season.

Jeff Kubina

The state’s economists are looking into the revenue slot machines are expected to produce this year. Estimators are seeing lower numbers from some locations, including one in Flagler. Chief Economist Amy Baker says that change could be connected to Hurricane Matthew, but that’s not the only explanation.

Via Stacey Getz

When construction workers clearing space for a new development in Tallahassee’s college town found a bomb tangled in the tree roots of stump they’d just pulled, they said it looked like something from a movie.

Regan McCarthy WFSU News

The president elect of the United States is known as a climate change denier and that has some environmental activists saying now is the time to organize.

Victor Hanacek

Overall spending is expected to increase this Holiday Season.  The Florida Retail Federation is expecting a 4 percent bump in state spending over last year. But Federation President Randy Miller says per person spending is expected to decrease slightly. He says shoppers are expected to spend about $935 per person this season.

Colin Carmichael / Flickr

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.

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
Jackson's facebook page

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
Freestone Wilson via Flickr

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.

Mark Goebel via Flickr

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.

US Courts website

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.