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

Little communication is available from Bay County following Hurricane Michael. But as Regan McCarthy reports the message officials are pushing is that those who evacuated should stay put.

A tree knocked down a powerline during the storm
Robbie Gaffney

As electric utility crews work to get area residents back online, Rob McGarrah, general manager of Tallahassee’s electric utility is asking for patience and a little help.

Gov. Rick Scott, undated.

Equality Florida wants protection from discrimination for LGBT state workers. The organization’s executive director, Nadine Smith, claims Governor Rick Scott said he would consider an executive order protecting such workers following the Pulse night club shooting. But she says that never happened.

Courtesy of the Leon County Sheriff's Office

Update: 7:50 p.m.


Law enforcement have located missing FSU student Justin Dean Shields. The 19-year-old college student was found about a mile from his car when police K-9 units picked up on a scent trail. Officials say Shields was scratched up and dehydrated, but otherwise okay. He was taken to a local hospital.


Leon County law enforcement officers are continuing to search for a missing FSU student. Officials are asking for the public’s help finding 19-year-old Justin Dean Shields. Anyone with information is asked to call the Leon County Sheriff’s office.

A sign saying Vote Here
Erik Hersman / Flickr

A Tallahassee judge has ordered three proposed constitutional amendments be stricken from the Florida ballot. Judge Karen Grievers says because the proposals contain several issues bundled into one, voters would not be able to answer with a simple yes or no.

Capitol building at night
Erich Martin

Many of the proposed constitutional amendments heading for the Florida ballot this November are facing at least one challenge.  Tallahassee judge Karen Gievers heard arguments Wednesday about whether proposals bundled by the Constitution Revision Commission should go before voters.

A classroom of empty desks

As students head back to college this fall many are focused on earning credits and working toward a degree. While experts say that’s a worthy goal, some caution it shouldn’t be a student’s only goal. We talk with Tallahassee experts about how students can make the most out of their college experience.

Tallahassee Mayoral candidates John Dailey and Dustin Daniels will face off in the November general election.

A man in a red polo holds a sign for Monique Richardson
Regan McCarthy

Ever wonder who’s holding signs that show up on nearly every corner as election day closes in? In many cases the answers are what one might expect. For example, the mother of Leon County School Board candidate Ricky Bell was at one precinct Tuesday, as well as the husband of school board candidate Alva Stripplin.

But in some cases, the answer might surprise you. Issac Mitchell is holding a sign for Leon County judicial candidate Monique Richardson. Her father heads Mitchell’s church.

A view of Doak Stadium from above
Erich Martin

Florida State University Athletics Director Stan Wilcox is leaving his post for a position with the NCAA He’ll be the organization’s executive vice president of regulatory affairs.

A hand holds a white iphone in a business environment
Photo by OOI JIET on Unsplash

Tallahassee officials are working to do a better job at preserving communication that could be considered public record. After the Tallahassee Democrat sued the city for failing to hand over text messages officials received on their personal phones, Treasurer James Cooke says the city has changed its policy to ensure future messages will be available to the public.

Tom Hagerty

Federal dollars intended to beef up local elections security have arrived in Leon County. Elections Supervisor Mark Early says the money is being doled out by the Florida Department of state. Leon will get about $230,000. Early says one of the biggest changes before the upcoming primary will be more security.

Tallahassee police car
Urban Tallahassee

National Night Out takes place this Tuesday. This year, two Tallahassee neighborhoods will be celebrating.

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An investigation in former Leon County Schools Superintendent Jackie Pons has been closed. The Florida Department of law enforcement confirmed Wednesday no criminal charges will be filed.

Erich Martin

Tallahassee government leaders have voted to spend nearly $2-million in taxes on a project called TLH Arts inc.  But that decision has left many with questions like what is TLH Arts and what does it mean for the community?

A young appears in pain on stage while singing the Green Day song 'Give Me Novocaine.'
New Stage Theatreworks

New Stage Theatreworks is bringing the show “American Idiot” to Tallahassee this (Friday) evening. The show is a coming-of-age story told through music from the band Green Day.


Leon County plans to join a court fight against a state law that preempts most local gun-related rules. Commissioner Bryan Desolge says for him the issue isn’t about firearms. It’s about home rule.

Leon County Government

The Leon County Commission is following of the Community Redevelopment Agency’s plan for doling out more than $3-million for local arts and culture projects. The money is what’s left over from a tax meant for a performing arts center that was never built.

Jasmine Ali's campaign facebook page

If elected county commissioner, Jasmine Ali wants to focus on reducing crime and improving quality of life in Leon County’s first district. The 20-year-old FSU student feels it’s time for a fresh face in the seat long held by incumbent Bill Proctor.

Train tracks pass a lit train station as dusk falls
Erich Martin

Leon County’s office of tourism is moving and commissioners are putting the old building up for sale. The tourism office will move to the Amtrak station near Railroad Square. Commissioner Bryan Desloge says he thinks the tourism office will get more notice in the new location.

A blue car uses a SemaConnect charging station.

Drivers of Electric Vehicles can now check out a new book while they charge up their car for free. Leon County has installed a new car charging station at the Leroy Collins Main Library with plans to install another station at the Leon County Eastside Branch Library. Tessa Schreiner is the recycling and sustainability manager for Leon County’s office of sustainability. She says electric cars are getting more popular in Florida.

Two men in yellow jackets walk through a smokey forest.
Tall Timbers Facebook page

Following an announcement from Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam that the Franklin County wildfire was sparked by a prescribed burn, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is suspending its prescribed burn program. But  prescribed burns are an important part of preserving habitats for native plants and animals.

A school bus and car are burned out and covered with ash from a wildfire.
Ryan Dailey

An investigation by the state commissioner of agriculture’s office indicates the wildfire that destroyed dozens of Franklin County homes was sparked by a prescribed burn. Officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission contracted with a local company to administer the burn which helps protect native plants and animals. But when the fire escapes who is responsible for the damage?

A researcher checks a coral colony
FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Hurricanes and warming ocean waters have led to damage in Florida’s coral reefs. Now experts say the state’s corals are facing a new danger—an especially pervasive bacteria.

Tallahassee police car
Urban Tallahassee

Tallahassee Commissioners heard pros and cons for locations for the new public safety complex Wednesday. The plan is to creating a building that will better support the Tallahassee Police Department’s community policing efforts.