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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A newly-formed nuclear decommissioning advisory panel will meet for the first time Wednesday with owners of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth. 

Legislation creating the panel was signed into law last summer by Governor Charlie Baker. Provincetown State Representative Sarah Peake helped push the bill through. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with her about her vision for what the panel can accomplish. 

The meeting is at Plymouth South High School Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 6 p.m.

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The State legislature is moving closer to agreeing on a budget for next fiscal year, but they'll have to deal with unstable tax revenue receipts as they figure out how to spend taxpayers' $40 billion.

Kathryn Eident talked with WCAI's State House reporter Mike Deehan, who's been been keeping an eye on Beacon Hill, to learn more.

Whaling City Golf Course

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell announced plans  Thursday to convert half of the city's golf course into a business park. 

The city is working with a quasi-governmental agency called Mass Development to develop the park. Mitchell says it's the perfect place to attract manufacturers; it's near the highway, an airport and even a rail line.  He says construction will start in 2019. Kathryn Eident talked with Mitchell to learn more.  

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A former Fall River city councilor is pushing to get June designated as "Seatbelt Awareness Month" in Massachusetts. The motive is personal; Mike Miozza lost his granddaughter, Hannah Raposo, when she lost control of her car on her way to the prom last year. She was not wearing her seatbelt and died in the crash.

Kathryn Eident talked spoke with Miozza about his effort, which includes testimony on Beacon Hill, and a petition with 4,000 signatures of support.

Summer of Sass

A small group of  gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students will spend the summer living and working in Provincetown. Stand-up comedian Kristen Becker came up with the idea of finding hosts for the teens last winter, after seeing news stories of LGBTQ kids being bullied and harassed in places like her childhood town of Shreveport, Louisiana. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Becker to learn more about what she envisions for the kids in the 'Summer of Sass' program.

Homeless Prevention Council

A recent survey found that more than 320 Cape Codders have recently been, or are homeless. That number includes young adults and children, a subset that often faces unique dangers and issues when it comes to safe housing.

 Kathryn Eident talked with Homeless Prevention Council director Hadley Luddy. Her organization is conducting a survey aimed at youth age 25-and-under, and is using strategies to reach them where they're most likely to be found: on their laptops and smart phones. 

Click here to go to the survey.

Dan Tritle

A busy week of news.  WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks about the top stories with guests Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times, Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner, Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard-Times, and George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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Residents in several Lower Cape towns will consider upcoming Town Meeting articles similar to the "sanctuary city" declarations in Boston and Somerville. Those declarations discourage local officials and police from enforcing federal immigration laws without a judge’s order.

As WCAI’s Kathryn Eident reports, some Cape residents think the declaration of a so-called "safe community" is vital to protecting immigrants’ rights, while others say the idea has raised more questions than answers.

Nantucket Cottage Hospital

The 121st Boston Marathon was a success, but a Nantucket doctor who has run nearly 50 races sat this one out because of an injury.

Kathryn Eident talked with Dr. Tim Lepore about his life as a runner and whether he'll be lacing up his running shoes again. 

UMass Amherst College of Natural Sciences

Spring is in full gear, and in addition to more daylight, warmer temperatures, and blooming plants, ticks are back on the prowl.

Jeff Robertson, Associated Press

The maker of one of the nation’s most popular weed-killing products is coming under scrutiny. Recently released court documents suggest Monsanto, the maker of the weed killer Roundup, may have ghost-written research to make its product seem safer.

IFAW

Close to 100 dolphins have stranded on Outer Cape beaches since last fall, and rescuers are beginning to wonder if 2017 will be a record-setting year for dolphin strandings.

 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Brian Sharp, director of the marine mammal rescue and research program at the International Fund for Animal Welfare, for an update.

 

 

Kathryn Eident

A group of middle and high school choir students have spent the last year getting ready for what may be the biggest concert of their lives: An appearance at the Vatican in Rome.

Dan Tritle

The Friday News Roundup.  WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks to area journalists about the top news stories of the week.  Her guests include Geoff Spillane of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Cameron Machell of the Martha's Vineyard Times; and Ryan Bray of the Falmouth Enterprise.

Ben Allsup, Teledyne Webb Research

China returned an underwater glider to the United States this week, several days after seizing it from a U.S. Navy ship conducting research in the South China Sea.

It turns out that the torpedo-shaped device at the center of an international incident was made right here on Cape Cod, at a facility that develops equipment for both the Navy and for scientists.  

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident visited Teledyne-Webb to learn more about what gliders do and why the government uses these types of instruments.

 

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