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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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.

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


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.

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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A laser-equipped white cube will soon provide offshore wind developers with the highly accurate data they need to attract financing for their projects.

Scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are set to deploy the Wind Cube, a sophisticated instrument which uses lasers to record wind speed data. Three companies currently vying to develop offshore wind projects in leased Federal waters south of Martha’s Vineyard will use the data to help secure financing.

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The town of Harwich had four overdose-related deaths last year, and that prompted Town Meeting voters to fund a full-time police department position dedicated solely to addressing the opiate issue.

Patrol Investigator Peter Patell works on what the department calls “street level drug interdiction”- getting to know addicts in town, and making himself available to offer help. He also coordinates his efforts with the Cape Cod Drug Task Force, and offers drug awareness outreach in local schools.

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A group of restored World War Two aircraft touched down at Barnstable Municipal Airport recently. They’re part of the “Wings of Freedom” annual tour, and they offer an up close look at some of the historic bombers and fighters that helped to liberate Europe during the 1940s, and that still stir vivid memories today.

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A conversation with Mike Birbiglia and WCAI's Brian Morris.

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New Bedford’s new Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro has been in his position for about three months. He's a 30-year veteran of the force, and was appointed after the unexpected death last December of former Police Chief Joseph Provencher. Morning Edition’s Brian Morris sat down with Chief Cordeiro recently to discuss his outlook for the New Bedford Police Department going forward.



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For years, Eastham has had the distinction of being the only town on Cape Cod without a municipal water system. But that’s about to change. Residents voted to install a town-wide system after toxins began leaching from the town’s landfill into nearby private wells, and work crews have spent the past two years installing a labyrinth of pipes, substations and a water tower that make up the new system.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced it will begin enlisting commercial fishing boats to help gather data for its often-controversial stock surveys – shifting that task at least partially away from its research vessel Henry T. Bigelow. 

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WCAI's Brian Morris hosts the Friday News Roundup of local and regional news.  Guests include: Patrick Cassidy from the Cape Cod Times; Sara Brown from the Vineyard Gazette; Tim Wood from the Cape Cod Chronicle; Josh Balling from the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Ann Wood from the Provincetown Banner; Jim DeArruda from the New Bedford Standard-Times; and Nelson Sigelman from the Martha's Vineyard Times.

The Amazon fulfillment center in Fall River is finally a done deal. 

Negotiations to lure the giant online retailer to the city began back in 2014. Almost a year and a half later, the 1.2-million-square-foot fulfillment center on the Fall River-Freetown line is nearing completion, and should open by late September. 

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.