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 Government

Leon County has declared a state of emergency to help residents in the Baum Road area continue with recovery following a tornado last week that Commissioner Kristen Dozier says devastated the area.

Woman on a Pace bike rides past the TLH sign in Cascades park.
Erich Martin

While cities say they’re excited about new transportation options associated with so called “micro-mobility devices,” some are worried the state is trying to scoot by with yet another home rule exemption.

A row of Tallahassee police cars
Tallahassee Police Department Facebook

Tallahassee Commissioners have okayed a process for locating the new propose police station. After facing backlash in recent weeks for seeming to have already picked a spot on the city’s South side, officials say they’re working to get as much public input as possible. Assistant City Manager Wayne Tedder outlined the process during a commission meeting Wednesday.

Mexico Beach is far from recovered after Hurricane Michael walloped the shore last fall. Now lawmakers are hoping to help speed that recovery along.

Sen. Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) found himself under siege Thursday as he attempted to gain passage for a new Senate map.
The Florida Channel

Florida Senate President Bill Galvano is paving the way for a new transportation plan as the legislative session kicks into gear. But a bumpy road could lie ahead.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Shalimar)
The Florida Channel

Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz is under investigation by the Florida Bar. The Bar’s investigation follows a complaint after Gaetz tagged Michel Cohen in a tweet asking Cohen if his wife and father-in-law know about his “girlfriends.” Gaetz has since deleted the tweet but it raised concerns from many including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

A white house with blue shutters rests behind a picket fence covered in roses
David Sawyer via Flickr

In Florida teachers, nurses and law enforcement officers can struggle to find affordable homes in the cities where they work. One lawmaker hopes to solve that problem by creating a Workforce Housing Tax Credit.

Non-euphoric marijuana was supposed to be available January 1 of this year.
Nick Evans

Does Florida’s medical marijuana amendment give people the right grow their own plants? That question is now before the First District Court of Appeal.

A man in a white shirt leans over bee hives in colorful boxes.
Regan McCarthy

As Florida bee keepers battle colony collapse, hurricane damage and pesticides one lawmaker is looking for solutions--in the form of a license plate.

A row of Tallahassee police cars
Tallahassee Police Department Facebook

Tallahassee is pausing plans for a public safety complex after local residents pushed for more input on the project. City commissioners tabled a vote on hiring an architecture firm to design the city’s new public safety complex.

Andrew Gillum, Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Florida, speaks during a campaign rally attended by Former President Barack Obama, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Miami.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

The Florida Commission on Ethics has released a report and materials relating to complaints made against former Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum.

Voters cast their ballots (undated)
Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

Florida’s Secretary of State has officially called for three state-wide recounts. Votes in the races for U.S. Senate, Florida Governor and state Agriculture Commissioner will all be reviewed.

Tallahassee police car
Urban Tallahassee

Two people died and five were injured in a shooting at a hot yoga studio Friday evening in Tallahassee Florida. The gunman is also dead after shooting himself.

Rubble and building peices are piled next to the road. A hurricane evacuation route signs leans against the debris.
Regan McCarthy

Hurricane Michael hit Jackson County Florida harder than many its residents expected. The storm tore roofs from buildings, ripped businesses in half and left thousands without power.

National guard membes smile near a canopy with ice. A University of Miami flag is hanging near them.
Regan McCarthy

Throughout the Panhandle members of the National Guard are hosting what are called “PODS” or points of distribution where those affected by Hurricane Michael can get food, water and ice. WFSU stopped by one location at the Possum Palace in Chipley, Florida.

A roadway is blocked by a large tree branch.
Erich Martin / WFSU News

Debris pick up following Hurricane Michael up is underway. Tallahassee City Manager Reese Goad says the size limit for debris piles will be waived while clean-up efforts are ongoing.

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 with glowing lights of city.
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.