Brian Morris

co-Host Morning Edition, Reporter

Brian Morris began working with WCAI in 2005 as an independent reporter/producer, and joined the staff full time in December, 2013. He has contributed to the station's “Creative Life” series, produced the “Nautical Minutes” series of :60 vignettes about nautical life on the Cape and Islands, reported on South Coast issues, and provided field production support for "The Point." He is co-host of WCAI's Morning Edition.

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The unemployment rate in New Bedford fell dramatically last year – down nearly 3 percentage points from 6.5 to 3.7 percent. It’s the largest unemployment decline among 387 metropolitan areas in the U-S over the past year. 

Morning Edition co-host Brian Morris spoke with New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell to talk about what the new statistic means, and how the city hopes to sustain that momentum going forward.

Until recently, teens on the South Coast needing mental health support had to drive more than 40 miles for services. Now, a new 24-bed mental health facility in Dartmouth is providing much-needed support for teens aged 13 to 17. Brian Morris speaks with Kevin Birchill, Chief Executive Officer at South Coast Behavioral Health, to learn more.

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The end of the year is just a few days away, and many people take this time to donate to their favorite charities. There's a special state tax credit available for people who donate to community development groups, which is a win-win for the nonprofit and the donor. 

Brian Morris talked with Housing Assistance Corporation Communications Director Laura Reckford  about the tax credit and how people can take advantage of it. 

 

Cape and Island groups with available tax credits:

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Two Cape Cod football teams - the Mashpee Falcons and the Falmouth Clippers - are competing in the State football championships at Gillette Stadium. WCAI's Brian Morris checked in with coaches and players from both teams before their big games.

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Nantucket school officials responded to two incidents last week where students used language and rhetoric seemingly inspired by the tone of the recent presidential campaign.

Cyrus Peirce Middle School Principal Peter Cohen said, in one incident, some students at his school repeated disrespectful language used by President-elect Donald Trump. In the other incident, a group of students told a fellow student - an immigrant - that she was going to be deported. 

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Cape Cod residents lined up at Town Halls across Cape Cod this week as early voting got underway in Massachusetts. WCAI Morning Edition hosts Brian Morris and Kathryn Eident have a report.

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WCAI's Brian Morris hosts the Weekly News Roundup, talking about the week's news with area journalists.  Guests include Patrick Cassidy with the Cape Cod Times; Ryan Bray with the Falmouth Enterprise; Tim Wood with the Cape Cod Chronicle; Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Ann  Wood of the Provincetown Banner; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard-Times; and Bill Chaisson of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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WCAI examines the pros and cons of Ballot Question 4, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Massachusetts.

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This week, the manatee originally spotted in waters of Cape Cod was placed aboard a Coast Guard plane bound for Sea World in Orlando, Florida. Officials there will continue to care for the animal, and will eventually release it back to its natural habitat.

Shortly after the plane took off, Morning Edition’s Brian Morris spoke with Kristin Patchett, Stranding Coordinator with IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

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In 2012, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities ordered utilities statewide to file plans to upgrade their grids as a way to reduce outages and customer costs. Eversource submitted a $496-million plan to modernize its grid over the next 5 years, but some say it doesn’t go far enough in offering pricing flexibility to customers.

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