Brian Morris

South Coast Reporter

Brian Morris is the South Coast Reporter for WCAI. He began working with the station 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, and produced the “Nautical Minutes” series of :60 vignettes about nautical life on the Cape and Islands. Brian also is a fill-in Host for "All Things Considered," and provides field production support for "The Point." 

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The Point
2:08 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Immigrant kids, Cape Wind, Nantucket Real Estate in this Week's News

Credit JJ

A busy week of local and regional news.  WCAI's Brian Morris hosts a discussion with colleagues in the print and digital media.  Among the stories: Cape Cod may take in unaccompanied immigrant kids; Cape Wind looks at options for its staging facilities in both Rhode Island and New Bedford; a new director and manager for Chatham's town band; a booming Nantucket real estate market; Provincetown licensing board denies bid to use the Hawthorne Barn for Tennessee Williams festival performance; and a name for the new Steamship Authority ferry.

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Charles W. Morgan
10:20 am
Wed July 9, 2014

The Charles W. Morgan Departs For Provincetown

Alecia Orsini/WCAI

The Charles W. Morgan is towed through the Cape Cod Canal Wednesday morning on its way to Provincetown, the next stop on its 38th Voyage.

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The Point
2:10 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

A tour of Nesting Shorebirds on Monomoy

Angry tern
WCAI/Brian Morris

We join WCAI's Brian Morris at the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge in Chatham, home to one of the largest colony of roseate terns on the Eastern Seaboard. Wildlife Biologist Kate Iaquinto, and Libby Hurland, Project Leader of the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex, take us on a tour of roseate tern and laughing gull nesting sites.

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Charles W. Morgan on its 38th Voyage
7:07 am
Thu June 19, 2014

History Sails into Vineyard Haven

WCAI/Brian Morris

Vineyard Haven harbor resounded with cheers, ship horns and cannon blasts as well-wishers turned out to greet the Charles W. Morgan when it arrived in Martha’s Vineyard from Newport, Rhode Island. The 173-year old vessel is America’s last surviving whale ship. It’s based at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, and recently underwent a 5-1/2 year restoration there. The Morgan is traveling around New England this summer on its 38th Voyage, stopping at ports where it has strong ties. This is the first time the Morgan has sailed since its last whaling voyage in 1921. 

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GROW Education
7:30 am
Tue June 17, 2014

GROW Education - Teaching Sustainability to New Bedford Grade School Students

Planting herbs in front of Sea Lab
Brian Morris/WCAI

Many parents find they’re unable to spend enough quality time with their kids during the week. The pressures of work and other obligations often makes that difficult, if not impossible. This is especially true for parents and students at the Hannigan School in New Bedford. These students are attending classes at a facility two miles away from their regular school building, while it undergoes extensive renovations But a new program gives these students and their families a chance to re-connect on weekends by cultivating gardens together. 

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Boat Building Becomes Boat Launching
5:43 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

After 38 Years of Construction, ISTAR Goes from Side Yard to the Sea

Brian Morris

Charles “Stormy” Mayo is one of the founders of the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, an organization well known for its pioneering whale research and other types of ocean science. But Stormy Mayo is also an avid boat builder – so avid, in fact, that he’s been building a schooner in the small side yard of his Provincetown home on and off for the last 38 years. And today, that schooner was finally ready to be taken from that side yard to its new home in the waters of Cape Cod Bay. Reporter Brian Morris was there and has this report.

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Mill Hill Club Demolition
4:00 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Farewell To A Cape Cod Entertainment Landmark

The Demolition Begins
WCAI/Brian Morris

On Route 28 in Yarmouth -- a Cape Cod thoroughfare lined with taffy shops and seafood-themed restaurants -- is a large hulk of a building long past its heyday that most everyone agrees needs to go away. But not so long ago, this eyesore was known as the Mill Hill Club. It was an entertainment venue, and back during the 1970s and ‘80s, the club was as good a reason to come to Cape Cod as the beaches. But this Tuesday morning, town officials and representatives from the business community began smashing at it with sledgehammers. And then the bulldozer took over.

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In This Place
8:35 am
Sat May 10, 2014

A conversation with Radiolab's Robert Krulwich

Robert Krulwich is co-host of Radiolab, the unconventional and innovative radio program that’s all about science – although sometimes you may not know it. He’s had a long and varied career in both radio and television, and recently WCAI's Brian Morris sat down with Robert Krulwich for a conversation about his unique brand of storytelling.

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NRC/Pilgrim Forum
10:04 am
Sun May 4, 2014

NRC Reviews Sub-Par Performance With Pilgrim Nuclear Officials

NRC officials present their findings to Entergy officials at a forum on the Pilgrim Nuclear plant
Brian Morris/WCAI

About 150 people packed a Plymouth hotel function room, including numerous Pilgrim workers who wore buttons saying “I support Pilgrim Station – safe and secure.” Barbara Gaedke, an Administrative Assistant at Pilgrim for 34 years, said the plant is safe.

“And I think a lot of people are fearful of nuclear, and so they hear ‘accident’ or anything that’s out of the ordinary and they become afraid. But I think if you knew the people that work there, and if you knew how safe it is, it’s less fearful,” Gaedke said.

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Astronomy Night
8:30 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Stargazers Scan the Universe at Public Astronomy Night in Dartmouth

Brian Morris/WCAI

At dusk on a recent Saturday, Professor Alan Hirschfeld and one of his grad students calibrate the large telescope inside the UMass/Dartmouth observatory. They’re setting up for a public astronomy night, a monthly event the University co-hosts with the Astronomical Society of Southern New England, or ASSNE. Hirschfeld said the telescope was designed and built by UMass students in the 1980’s, and went online in the early 90’s. It has a 16-inch diameter, or aperture.

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