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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Between 2012 and 2014, the number of confirmed opiod-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts skyrocketed by 57%. Recently, the New Bedford City Council declared the opiod crisis a public health emergency. One addiction specialist in New Bedford says it’s time to consider the idea of a supervised injection facility for heroin addicts. A few other communities around the country also are exploring the idea, but overcoming the opposition – and the legal hurdles – could take years. 

Jacqueline Schwab

May 30, 2016

 A profile of Chatham pianist Jacqueline Schwab, best known for her work with Ken Burns on his epic public television series “The Civil War.” Reported by Brian Morris.

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Geologically speaking, Cape Cod is little more than a constantly shifting sand bar. Last week, nature offered the latest reminder of that fact when a huge clay formation broke away from the cliff face at Coast Guard Beach in Truro and collapsed onto the beach below.

WCAI's Brian Morris spoke with Dr. Graham Giese, Scientist Emeritus at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, about how and why this sort of thing happens.

Morning Edition co-host Brian Morris talks bobbing sailboats, P'town trendiness, and West Texas ranch lands with visiting host Travis Bubenik.  

Every year as the weather turns warmer, homeless camps spring up the woods around Hyannis. Some of the camps are close to schools and neighborhoods, which poses a safety concern. And many of the homeless who populate these camps have issues such as addiction and mental illness.

A new committee is trying to attack the problem with input from different sectors of the community. Barnstable Town Council member Jen Cullum is on the committee, and she spoke to WCAI's Morning Edition co-host Brian Morris about the committee's goals.

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As voters went to the polls on Primary Day, a group of local high school seniors conducted exit polls in Harwich to get a better understanding of the electoral process. WCAI's Brian Morris speaks with the students and their teacher, John Dickson.

Advocates on the South Coast have launched an effort to make it easier for the homeless to access services.

WCAI's Brian Morris talked about the new program named, "The Call," with Jennifer Clarke, deputy director of Planning and Community Development for New Bedford.
 

One of Cape Cod’s most congested intersections is set for a major overhaul.

The state plans to re-design the intersection of Yarmouth Road and Route 28 in Hyannis. The intersection, which is near the Airport Rotary, is notorious for long backups and difficult turning lanes.

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New Bedford officials are temporarily closing some fire stations at night.

New Bedford currently has ten fire stations, but only enough firefighters to staff nine of them at any given time. In an effort to save money, the city instituted a policy of “rolling brownouts,” where one station may close on a rotating basis on certain days.

At the moment, New Bedford can’t afford to hire any new firefighters, so spiraling overtime costs have forced city officials to extend those brownouts to nighttime hours.

Local teens struggling with opiate addiction will soon be able to get access to medical treatments like Suboxone on the Cape. 

The Hyannis-based Duffy Health Center will use a 100-thousand-dollar federal grant to begin what’s called a medication-assisted treatment program designed for 16- and 17-year-olds.

These programs use drugs like Suboxone and Vivitrol, which reduce withdrawal symptoms from opiate addiction. Executive Director Heidi Nelson says until now, families have had to go off-Cape for treatment.

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