Kathryn Eident

co-Host Morning Edition, Senior Producer of News

Kathryn Eident is an award-winning journalist and co-hosts Morning Edition with Brian Morris. She began producing stories for WCAI in 2008 as a Boston University graduate student reporting from the Statehouse. Since then, Kathryn’s work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Cape Cod Times, Studio 360, Scientific American, and Cape and Plymouth Business Magazine.

She also worked in commercial radio, first as a reporter, then news director, at Cape Cod Broadcasting, four commercial radio stations in Hyannis. In between, Kathryn spent several years sailing as a deckhand and mess attendant on Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution research ships, and has written for the Institution’s magazine, Oceanus.

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The Massachusetts Senate passed its version of a criminal justice reform bill on a vote of 27-10 early Friday morning, after 14 hours of debate. 

The legislation would, among other things, repeal mandatory minimum prison sentences for several drug-dealing crimes, legalize sex between young teens close in age and raise the age of criminal responsibility from 18 to 19 which would be the highest in the nation. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with station State House reporter Mike Deehan for more details on this sweeping piece of legislation. 

  

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Another North Atlantic Right Whale has been found dead off the coast of Cape Cod. A boater found the whale carcass Monday on Nashawena Island, part of the Elizabeth Islands off Woods Hole. It's the 16th North Atlantic Right Whale to be discovered dead so far this year. 

WCAI State House reporter Mike Deehan joins Kathryn Eident for an update on what’s happening on Beacon Hill. This week, Mike talks about what lawmakers might address in the last few weeks before they recess for the year.

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Tropical Storm Jose drew nearer to the Cape and Islands on Wednesday, bringing with it periods of heavy rain, blustery winds and a one- to three-foot storm surge in some areas.  The National Weather Service said the storm would also cause significant beach erosion around the region possibly into Saturday, as the storm system hovered more than 100 miles offshore.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident checked in with Science Correspondent Dr. Heather Goldstone to learn more.

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Hundreds of people from across the country are volunteering to help victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. But not all the volunteers go to the disaster zone physically—some work from afar.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Martha's Vineyard resident Deborah Medders, a licensed mental health worker who volunteers with the Red Cross call center.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House reporter Mike Deehan each week about the latest happenings on Beacon Hill.

This week, they talk about the state's new Cannabis Control Commission chairman, and hear what Governor Charlie Baker had to say when he testified before a U.S. Senate committee in Washington D.C.

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Our attention these past few days has begun to focus on Hurricane Irma and its impacts, but hundreds of volunteers are still working in Texas to help victims from Hurricane Harvey.

Retired Reverend Fred Meade is one of those volunteers. The Falmouth resident been in San Antonio for more than 10 days, working as a spiritual care leader for people still in Red Cross shelters. WCAI's Kathryn Eident spoke with him by phone to hear how things are going.

Things look like they are about to heat up in the State Legislature, as Lawmakers prepare for the second half of their two-year session. WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House Reporter Mike Deehan to learn more.

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Several volunteers from the Cape are among scores of Red Cross volunteers who are traveling to Texas this week to help residents stranded by the weekend storm and flooding. They come from Bourne, Falmouth and Chatham.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Cape and Islands' Red Cross chapter director Hilary Greene about how they're getting there, what they'll be doing, and how long they might be in Texas.

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WCAI's Kathryn Eident hosts a roundup of the week's news.  Her guests: Sean Driscoll from the Cape Cod Times; Josh Balling from the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Andy Tomolonis from the New Bedford Standard Times; Ann Wood from the Provincetown Banner; Sarah Brown from the Vineyard Gazette; Tim Wood from the Cape Cod Chronicle; and George Brennan from the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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Thousands of counter-protesters are expected in Boston Common Saturday to protest a so-called Free Speech Rally.

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident checks in with State House reporter Mike Deehan about what is being planned, and how police are responding.

On The Point, a discussion about denial. From rationalizing and blaming to outright lies, we examine a range of behavior that people engage in.  Psychiatrist Dr. Marc Whaley and psychologist Dr. Michael Abbruzzese join host Kathryn Eident in the studio.

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Tips and tricks for getting the most out of your late summer garden, whether you grow vegetables or flowers.  WCAI's Kathryn Eident hosts entomologist and garden expert Roberta Clark, and takes listener questions.

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The Legislature is on their August recess and Gov. Charlie Baker has been taking a little time off this week, but that didn't stop electoral politics from creating buzz on Beacon Hill. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan for an update. 

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Invasive species are not new to the region. Here on the Cape, just look around at the trees and you'll see evidence of the gypsy moth, an invasive species from Europe that gorged on leaves earlier this summer.

Barnstable County entomologist Larry Dapsis is keeping an eye on that, and the latest pest that may have come to Cape Cod to stay: The brown marmorated stink bug. This insect is native to Asia and is known for damaging both vegetable and fruit crops in the U.S. 

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