Sean Corcoran

Managing Editor of News

Sean Corcoran 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. Since then his work has received more than a dozen national and regional awards, including several PRNDI and Edward R. Murrow awards. Recent series' topics include the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant; wind power; Alzheimer's Research and caregiving; military groundwater pollution; 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. His radio stories have appeared on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He is a graduate of The George Washington University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. When he was younger, Corcoran hiked the Appalachian Trail and rode a bicycle across the United States with his dog, Fea. 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 Sunday Editor at the Cape Cod Times. The couple has a young son, Seamus.

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Power Source: Part 7
7:44 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Improving Energy Efficiency, One House and One Business at a Time

Not only does the newly-constructed Falmouth Ice Arena have 3,300 solar panels on its roof and two car ports, it also is the most energy efficient building of its kind ever built.
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When it comes to energy hogs and inefficiency, ice rinks rank among the worst. But not the new one in Falmouth. Not only is this eco-friendly ice arena making its own electricity, it's using that electricity as efficiently as any building of its kind in the world.

"You don't see a lot of rinks like this, obviously," said Paul Moore of Falmouth Youth Hockey. "And rinks are utility monsters, they eat up a lot, a lot of electricity."

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Power Source: Part 4
7:44 am
Thu November 20, 2014

What's On This Electric Bill, Anyway?

NStar's Michael Durand sits down with electricity customer Barbara Meehan at her Wareham home to discuss her bill.

Utility company officials don't usually make house calls. But NStar spokesperson Michael Durand agreed to sit down with an NStar customer and talk about her electric bill. So we introduced Durand to 72-year-old Barbara Meehan of Wareham.

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The Point
12:49 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Possible 3rd Bridge for Cape Cod; Skydiving Continues in Chatham; & more: A Busy Week of News

Greek technical diver Alexandros Sotiriou discovers an intact lagynos ceramic table jug and a bronze rigging ring on the Antikythera Shipwreck.
Credit WHOI / Brett Seymour / Return to Antikythera 2014

WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a roundup of the top local stories of the week with several of the region's leading journalists, including George Brennan of the Cape Cod Times; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; and Geoff Spillane of the Mashpee Enterprise.

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The Point
1:23 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

WCAI's Local News Roundup: Afghan Military Officers Go Missing; Young Hyannis Boy Killed in Fire

Three Afghan military officers went missing from Cape Edwards on Cape Cod this week and were later found near the Canadian border. The men were at the base for training exercises.
Credit Cape Cod Times

WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts local and regional journalists to discuss the news of the week on the Cape, the Coast and the Islands. Joining Sean is George Brennan of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; and Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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The Point
2:31 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

A Busy Week of News

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WCAI's Sean Corcoran is joined by colleagues in the print and digital media to discuss some of the top news stories of the week.  Among the stories: a shark takes a bite out of a kayak in Plymouth; a long-time Sandwich fish market owner fights to keep his business; Provincetown's police chief fights to keep his job; a new law intended to protect domestic violence victims will shield alleged abusers; Chatham's harbormaster moves to a new department; Nantucket school buildings aren't keeping up with enrollment; some Martha's Vineyard fishermen regret a legal agreement regardi

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The Point
1:07 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Book Showcases Today's Cape Cod Artists

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Deborah Forman's new book Contemporary Cape Cod Artists: People and Places shows us how today's Cape Cod artists go beyond the landscape for inspiration. The artists are inspired by people, by the dynamic activity of figures; by the calm of a still life; and by the fascination of an interior view, whether home, public place, or their imagination. The author interviewed forty-five artists including painters, sculptors, photographers, and printmakers. They share their art, inspirations and approaches, personal lives, and many intriguing stories. Illustrations are combined with written portraits of the artists, giving insight into their creative processes and and motivations. The book also explores connections to art history, and the importance of art in our society, not only for the artist, but for all of us.

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The Point
11:33 am
Tue September 2, 2014

It's Film Festival Time on Martha's Vineyard

Still from the opening sequence for MV Film Festival
Credit Jeremy Mayhew

The Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival is known for bringing films from around the globe to the Island- including many showcased at Cannes, Sundance and Berlin. The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society Director and Founder Richard Paradise and Tim Miller, Features editor of the Cape Cod Times join us to discuss this year’s picks.

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A Life Remembered
7:35 am
Mon September 1, 2014

A Life Remembered: Don Dickinson, Helped Create Homes for 75 Needy Families

Don Dickinson is credited with leading the team that built 75 homes on the Cape for working families.
Credit Courtesy photo

Before the tool belts were strapped on or the first nail was pounded, Don Dickinson was looking over plans, writing proposals and talking to people. He was doing the groundwork.

"He was just dedicated to the idea that people should be able to afford a decent place to live if they were working folks," said Warren Brody, a Mashpee-based attorney, and Dickinson's friend. Brody also volunteers at Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod.

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The Point
5:12 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Film Documents Teens Struggling with Prescription Drug Addiction

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The Point
10:51 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Run! For Health and Fun

Falmouth Road Race at the 1 mile mark, Nobska lighthouse
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What do people find so alluring about running? On The PointSean Corcoran talks to Dr. Julie Sieben about her new book Six Weeks to Love Running and her approach to running and fitness.

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