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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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has signed a memorandum of understanding with Waste Pro in a move officials say will increase the availability of bear resistant trashcans.

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Lionfish are an invasive species that have moved into Gulf Waters. The voracious feeders are wreaking havoc on reefs and native fisheries. But fishermen and a major grocery store chain are teaming up to tackle the problem, by moving the fish a little lower down the food chain.

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The First District Court of Appeal has dismissed the Florida Education Association’s lawsuit against the state’s tax credit scholarships.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a trial of genetically engineered mosquitos designed to reduce the number of the bugs that transmit Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya. Oxitec CEO Hadyn Parry says the next step is a local referendum in November.

“So we will of course wait for that referendum before we go ahead, respecting the outcome that may have,” Parry says.

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Florida lawmakers have filed the first bills of the 2017 legislative session. They’re all what are known as claims bills.

Fire arms purchases are growing. That’s according to a report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Adam Putnam says he expects to see that trend continue. 

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Florida Governor Rick Scott has announced as many as 14  people in the state have contracted the Zika virus, likely from local mosquitos.

News about leaked Democratic National Committee emails came just before the party’s convention. The emails included messages from party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz showing favoritism for Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders. Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Congress woman agreed to step down from her position as party chair, but hoped to help unite her home state behind the party’s candidate. She attended a Florida delegate breakfast at the convention Monday.

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Second Harvest of the Big Bend will receive full funding under a local Community Human Services Partnership, or CHSP grant. The move comes after the organization struggled to find funding in recent years and just in time for a new CEO to lead the organization.

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More technology is on the minds of two candidates running for tax collector in Leon County. John Paul Bailey is running as a Republican. He says that’s how an increasing number of citizens prefer to conduct business.

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Florida health officials have confirmed another case of Zika.  That brings the total number of cases in Florida to 327. Officials say the new case announced Monday is a travel related case involving a person from Miami-Dade County. But the announcement comes as the department is investigating what it calls a “possible non-travel related” case from the same county.

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Tallahassee City Commissioners have voted 3-to-2 to reduce property taxes. Commissioner Gil Ziffer led the push for the change during the last few minutes of a city budget workshop Wednesday.

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Immigration, debt and national security are the top concerns for three Republican Candidates vying for Florida’s Second Congressional District.

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Leon County and The City of Tallahassee are looking for citizen input on the local business climate.

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A number of high ranking Tallahassee city officials are slated for high raises. But  some citizens aren’t too happy about it.

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A slew of bills goes into effect today and among those measures is the so-called Pastor Protection Act.

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A question about funding for Tallahassee’s Palmer Munroe Teen Center is highlighting a dispute between the city and county about where one government’s responsibility ends and the other’s begins.


Leon County Commissioners talked over the preliminary budget Tuesday for the upcoming fiscal year.

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Shock is continuing to ripple through the Tallahassee community, after the deadliest mass shooting in the United States took place just four hours south. Many gathered Monday for the second vigil in as many days.

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One city commissioner wants to reevaluate Tallahassee bar hours following the shooting in Orlando.

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Governor Rick Scott says Florida is doing its part to fight the spread of the Zika virus in the state. But he’s continuing the complaint that he’d like to see the Federal government do more. Scott spoke with a group of reporters Friday.

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It’s now up to the Florida Supreme Court to decide whether a pari-mutuel in Gretna should get to have slot machines.

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With flood warnings in effect, the city of Tallahassee is making sandbags available for citizens. Sand and bags are can be collected at the Messer Field South Softball Complex parking lot.

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You’ve heard it before. Hurricane Season is here. And it’s time to get ready. But Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater says there’s more to hurricane prep than one might think.

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WFSU news is taking a look at hunger in the Big Bend this week. In the final installment of our series we’ll take a look at the impact food deserts have on a person’s ability access fresh fruits and vegetables and the potential impact of new legislation lawmakers hope will help.