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

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.

Florida Congressman Vern Buchanan's twitter

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.

Leon County Courthouse,
Michael Rivera via Wikimedia Commons

Leon County Commissioners held the first of two required public hearings on $246 million  spending plan Tuesday.

Hurricane Hermine downed trees throughout the Big Bend region—cutting power and prompting insurance claims.
Nick Evans

Leon County Commissioners are hiring a consultant to help get funding following Hurricane Hermine. County Administrator Vince Long says filing requests with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, can be tricky.

Dartland for Congress webpage

Walter Dartland, a Democrat, is officially facing off against Republican Neal Dunn in Congressional District Two.

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An audit of the Leon County primary election found high accuracy. Elections Supervisor Ion Sancho says officials locally depend on a system called clear ballot.

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As residents dealt with the aftermath of Hermine last week, the Leon County Canvassing Board turned on its generators to power through recount in Congressional District Two.

Regan McCarthy WFSU News

After a 24-year career in Congress, Corrine Brown has lost her seat to former state senator Al Lawson.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner.
Florida Department of State / Florida Department of State

Despite some concerns about weather, and even questions about security, in the run up to tomorrow's primary, Florida’s elections chief says he’s confident in the state’s ability to hold an election.

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Can a student pass the third grade without taking a state mandated standardized test? A Florida judge says yes.

Office of Gov. Rick Scott

Florida officials announced a new locally transmitted Zika case Wednesday—this time in Palm Beach County. It’s the second case stemming from local mosquitos in the county, but officials say the two cases aren’t connected.

Canopy road
Freestone Wilson via Flickr

Locals living in Wakulla, Jefferson, Gadsden and Leon Counties have a chance to tell state officials this week what transportation projects are most important.

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Early voting is off to a smooth start, according to Leon County Elections Supervisor Ion Sancho. Since polls opened Saturday, more 3,700 people have cast their ballots.

Tom Hagerty

  Early voting kicks off this weekend and continues through August 27.  But in a quick video, Leon County Elections Supervisor Ion Sancho points out a change for some citizens wishing to cast their ballots early.

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  Leon County and Tallahassee law enforcers say local violent crime rates are dropping. Leon County’s 2015 per capita crime rate was among the top in the state, but since then officials say they’ve seen significant drops in violent crime and murder locally. And while Sheriff Mike Wood admits he doesn’t know yet how local numbers compare the rest of the state, he feels confident the change is positive.