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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Visitors to the town dock at Cotuit Bay this spring will notice a new feature between the parking lot and the water.

It's a garden specially-designed to filter metal, tire rubber, hydrocarbons and other pollutants from storm-water runoff. 

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A group of South Coast teens is in St. Louis this morning, prepping their home-made robot to compete in the Super Bowl of high school robotics--the FIRST Robotics Championship.

It's an overnight success story; the group of 14 kids from six high schools formed last fall and are competing this week against teams that have been around for decades.

Kathryn Eident talked with the group's mentor, UMass Dartmouth professor, Alex Fowler, to learn more.

Dan Tritle

The Friday News Roundup: Kathryn Eident leads a discussion of area print reporters of stories that made news this week.   Kathryn's guests are: Patrick Cassidy from the Cape Cod Times; Sam Houghton of the Mashpee Enterprise; Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times; Ryan Bray of the Falmouth Enterprise; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard-Times; Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner; and Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette.

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Imagine looking through a telescope and discovering some of the brightest galaxies ever seen in the universe--galaxies so old, and so bright, scientists didn't believe they could even exist.

Now imagine being an undergraduate student at UMass Amherst and making that discovery.

Barnstable native and UMass Amherst senior Kevin Harrington was that person. He found these 10 billion-year-old galaxies crunching data from some of the world's most powerful telescopes during summer internships.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident speaks with Harrington to learn more.

Town Meeting season is once again upon us here on the Cape and Islands. In Provincetown, residents will consider several articles at next week's Town Meeting that address the town's affordable housing crunch.

One is a bylaw that would impose a fee on new development. The fee would go into an affordable housing fund. It's called the Inclusionary Housing Bylaw, and other places, like Boston and Barnstable, have similar versions in place.

Another article aims to slow conversions of older housing stock into condos, which often become unaffordable for year-round renters.


A new, solar-powered, electronic fish monitor at the Herring River in Harwich is at work counting the fish for which the river is named as they make their annual spring migration to the region. The newly-installed counter is the only one on the Cape, and one of four statewide.

Kathryn Eident talked with Brad Chase, of the state's division of Marine Fisheries, to learn more about why the counter is important to preserving this endangered species.

Alecia Orsini, WCAI-FM

Residents along the Cape, Coast and Islands woke up to a slushy mix of rain and sleet this morning, as a winter storm grazed the region on the first full day of Spring.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Hayden Frank said the region was spared the bulk of the snow, whereas areas north and west of the Cape Cod Canal saw as many as five to eight inches.

"It's really quick—once you come off the Cape Cod Canal, you lose that warmer air coming in off the ocean and snow amounts will increase," he said this morning around 5:30 a.m. 


Kathryn Eident, sitting in for Sean Corcoran, hosts a discussion with area journalists about the top local news stories of the week.

Sean Corcoran

When you hear "Lyme disease" you most likely think of ticks. But the source of the disease is actually a bacterium that lives inside the tick; the tick picks up the bacterium when it feeds on infected mammals like white-footed mice.

Scientists at the Mayo Clinic recently discovered another bacterium that causes Lyme. Kathryn Eident spoke with UMass Amherst microbiologist Stephen Rich about the discovery.


The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is using a 5-year federal Health and Human Services grant to develop a strategic plan to tackle addiction issues among its members. The work includes gathering data though detailed community assessments that gauge what people are thinking, doing, and feeling about addiction and other health issues.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident spoke with Hope Shwom, tribal action plan coordinator for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, to learn more.

Mashpee Public Schools website

The misdemeanor case against Mashpee Superintendent Brian Hyde ended this week when a judge ruled there wasn't enough evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The judge made this so-called 'directed verdict' despite the fact that it was a jury trial.

Hyde was charged with trespassing and breaking and entering after resident Marilyn King accused him of entering her home without permission last fall during a residency check for her daughter who was re-enrolling in the high school. He apologized in a letter to the editor yesterday.


The ship that helped find the wreck of the Titanic and life at undersea hydrothermal vents will soon be operated by the Mexican Navy.

The US Navy transferred ownership of the the Research Vessel Knorr to Mexico late last year as part of the decommissioning process. The ship has been an icon in Woods Hole village for the last year and a half, while officials at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution waited for the government to decide the ship's fate.

Three Harbors Site Assessment document

Nantucket Sound will soon become home to one of a handful of artificial reefs in the state.

Harwich officials worked with the state's fisheries department to select material from the old Harwich High School to make the reef, which will sit in piles along the mostly sandy seafloor. The goal is to attract fish and boost recreational fishing.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Biologist Mark Rousseau of the state's Division of Marine Fisheries to learn more.


Livestock farmers on the South Coast will break ground on a new slaughterhouse in Westport in the coming weeks. The USDA-approved 10-thousand-square foot facility will be able to process cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and other livestock when it tentatively comes online later this year.   

The Southeastern Massachusetts Livestock Association is spearheading the $5 million project. Kathryn Eident spoke with association president Andy Burns to learn more.


State wildlife officials are applying for a federal permit to allow more flexibility in managing piping plover habitat on state and town land.

Federal law prohibits any activity that may put piping plover at risk -- the permit would help managers find a balance between protecting this endangered bird and allowing humans access to the beaches the birds nest on. The U.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Service is taking public comment on the state's proposal through February 19th.