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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Seal Release
7:30 am
Thu December 11, 2014

"Scout" The Seal Pup Heads Back To The Wild

Marine mammal strandings are common along the shores of Cape Cod. The National Marine Life Center in Bourne is one of several local organizations who care for stranded marine mammals, recently taking in 30 of the hundreds of cold-stunned turtles that stranded this year along Cape Cod beaches. And yesterday, volunteers from the Center also released a rehabilitated seal pup named Scout at Scusset Beach in Sandwich. Our Reporter Brian Morris was there, and has this report.

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Power Source: Part 8
7:45 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Edgartown Explores Tides As Potential Future Renewable Energy Source

Red shaded area shows Muskeget Channel just off Edgartown's coastline.
Credit NOAA/Alecia Orsini

Many homeowners install renewable energy technologies like solar panels in an effort to become less dependent on conventional energy sources. But could an entire island eventually achieve that goal? Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard is taking the first steps to harness the strong tides that flow just off its eastern shore. It’s new technology, and there are many financial and regulatory hurdles still in the way. But the hope is that one day the ocean will supply a significant portion of the Vineyard’s energy needs.  

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Power Source: Part 5
9:13 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Still Sparse On Cape, Islands And South Coast

EV charging station in Barnstable
Brian Morris/WCAI

There are a lot of upsides to plug-in electric vehicles, which is why state and federal officials are pushing hard to bring them into the mainstream. The technology promises to help reduce our reliance on imported petroleum products; the cars can be charged overnight or at times when the electric grid is less taxed; and they produce zero tailpipe emissions.

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Fall River-Amazon
7:35 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Amazon.com Fulfillment Center Likely Coming To Fall River

There’s good news for Fall River. Mega-online retailer Amazon.com has its eyes on the economically-struggling city as the site of a new fulfillment center – a place to stock and ship the thousands of items it sells each day. Fall River has everything Amazon could want, including convenient highway access, appealing tax incentives, and a large available work force. 

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Marine Terminal Name
4:35 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

New Bedford Wants Official Name For New Marine Terminal

Marine Commerce Terminal under construction in New Bedford Harbor
Brian Morris/WCAI

 During the last few months, we’ve reported extensively on the Marine Commerce Terminal in New Bedford, currently under construction and scheduled to come online early next year. When completed, it will serve as a staging area for Cape Wind and other offshore wind turbine projects. But recently, state and local officials have found themselves at odds over what to call the terminal. Locals thought it would be the “New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal”, but state officials have other ideas.

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In This Place
4:35 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Local Fishermen Supply Bluefish To Family Pantry Of Cape Cod

Nancy Civetta, Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman's Alliance Communications Director, and Mary Anderson, Executive Director of the Family Pantry of Cape Cod.
Brian Morris/WCAI

The Family Pantry of Cape Cod operates out of a nondescript building in an industrial section of Harwich. It’s open three days a week, and offers a lifeline for many Cape Cod residents and families who come here to stock up on much-needed food items. Recently, frozen bluefish fillets have been added to that list. 

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The Point
1:03 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

News Roundup: Top Stories of This Week

Credit J.J.

In the studio to discuss the week's top news stories, including controversy over tree cutting along Route 6 on the Upper Cape, precautions in Cape Cod hospitals against Ebola, a shark tagging expedition in Chatham, and recommendations about a former military rocket range on Nantucket.

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New Bedford Mills: Part 2
8:05 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Modern Uses For Some Of New Bedford's Old Textile Mills

Interior of Manomet Place in New Bedford's North End
Brian Morris/WCAI

New Bedford’s textile mills once churned out fabric 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Some of the old mills have been torn down, but others survive as artist spaces, outlets and apparel manufacturers. About a half dozen of the red brick structures have been restored and turned into high-end apartments. Manomet Place in New Bedford’s North End is one example. 

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New Bedford Mills: Part 1
8:46 am
Tue September 23, 2014

New Bedford's Textile Mills: Relics Of An Industry That Flourished...Then Faded Into History

Exterior of former Nashawena Mill
Brian Morris/WCAI

Driving through New Bedford along Route 195, it’s hard not to notice the long red brick buildings on either side of the highway. These are the old textile mills, built mostly in the early 1900’s. They’re a familiar part of the landscape, but many people don’t know the stories these buildings have to tell: of the immigrant workers who came here by the thousands; of the working conditions they faced; of a textile industry that exploded in New Bedford and then faded just as quickly; and of the present-day debate about whether to save these buildings or tear them down. 

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Energy Issues
2:30 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

New Bedford Solar Farm Sits Atop EPA Superfund Site

Solar panels sit atop concrete pads at Sullivan's Ledge Solar Farm
Brian Morris/WCAI

A new solar energy farm in New Bedford is designed to power more than 200 homes. But this particular solar array sits atop a Superfund site. And it's taken a lot of coordinated effort at the local, State and Federal levels to make the project happen. 

On a crisp and clear Friday afternoon, more than 5,000 sleek new solar panels slant skyward at the 11-acre Sullivan's Ledge site in New Bedford. With New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell and others looking on, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy touted the fact that a polluted site could now be put to good use.

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