Sean Corcoran

Managing Editor of News

Sean Corcoran is both news director and senior reporter at WCAI in Woods Hole. He also is a managing editor for WGBH Radio. He began producing investigative series for WCAI in 2005, after moving to Cape Cod. In 2006 his 20-part series "Two Cape Cods: Hidden Poverty on the Cape and Islands," won the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award, considered the highest award in broadcast journalism. Recent series' topics include the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant; wind power; Alzheimer's Research and caregiving; military groundwater pollution; our changing energy systems; special education; and various science, health and ecology-related stories.  For the first nine years of his career Corcoran worked as a staff reporter for various New England newspapers before moving to public radio. Corcoran is a graduate of The George Washington University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is a former 3rd grade teacher and adjunct journalism professor. He occasionally performs onstage with his father, an accomplished Irish entertainer. He lives on Cape Cod with his wife, Linda Corcoran, who is heard on-air on Friday mornings in her capacity as the Managing Editor at the Cape Cod Times. The couple has a young son, Seamus.

Ways to Connect

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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a weekly roundup of regional news with several local journalists. Joining Sean this week are Sean Driscoll of the Cape Cod Times; Sam Houghton of the Mashpee Enterprise; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner; and George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

Art in the Barn

May 2, 2017
Provincetown Art Guide

The enduring legacy of the Hawthorne Art Barn.  WCAI’s Sean Corcoran sits down with Joshua Prager and Julia Glass to discuss 20 Summers and the efforts to honor and continue the legacy of art in Provincetown. 

Protest music has been the soundtrack for some of America's most significant struggles.  These days more Americans are taking to the streets.  Protesting has become popular once again.  But what about music?  Is there a corresponding interest in music that speaks to the struggle?

When Rachel Tinney realized her brother Josiah had moved beyond prescription pain pills to heroin, she tried begging him, using her other brother's death to reach him.

"I actually said to him, 'Josiah, people are getting bad stuff and not realizing it and they are dying, and I am so afraid that I am going to bury another brother, and I just can't do that.' And I cried," Tinney said. "And he said, 'Ray, no, you won't. I promise that won't happen.' And within days he was dead."

WCAI's Sean Corcoran hosts a roundup of local and regional news with area journalists. Guests include: Gwenn Friss of the Cape Cod Times; Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times; Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; and Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette.

In 2014 a U.S. Marine from New Bedford was convicted of killing a transgendered Filipino woman.  On The Point, we talk with social scientist Dr. Peter Kutschera about the conviction, and how it relates to U.S.-Filipino relations in the context of an expanding Chinese military presence.  Sean Corcoran hosts.

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On The Point, a discussion about eating and dieting.  Psychologist Michael Abbruzzese and psychiatrist Marc Whaley join host Sean Corcoran in the studio.  We also hear from listeners around our region about their experiences and questions related to diet.

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On the Point, we preview the 11th annual Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival.  Sean Corcoran hosts.  His guests are festival founder and executive director Richard Paradise, and Cape Cod Times film critic Tim Miller.  The event runs September 6-11.

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On The Point, Sean Corcoran hosts this debate with candidates for the Barnstable County representative seat in the state senate, Julian Cyr and Shelia Lyons. We ask for their views on affordable housing, water quality, drug addiction, standardized testing in schools, the "blue economy" and the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, among other topics.



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WCAI's Sean Corcoran hosts a roundup of local and regional news.

  Joining Sean this week are journalists Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times; Sara Brown of the Martha's Vineyard Gazette; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Joshua Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; and Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times.