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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The Point
11:46 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Veterinarian Writes Captivating Stories

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Nick Trout, Veterinary Surgeon and Author, talks about his work, his writing, and the animals that have inspired him. His latest book is Dog Gone, Back Soon.

 

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The Point
11:41 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Mentoring Cape and Islands Youth

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Research into youth mentoring programs has shown that these programs have a positive impact on kids. But some parents are reluctant to enroll their children for fear of stigmatization or because of concerns about safety. Sean Corcoran talks with a parent who enrolled her child in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod and we hear about two new site based mentoring programs.

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The Point
2:16 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

A Week Filled with News

A look at some of the week's top news with local journalists.  Among the stories we talk about: oyster thefts uncovered; an acquittal in a high-profile Falmouth murder trial; new drug policies applauded; Outer Cape Health Services to expand; affordable housing proposed for Harwich Middle School; Provincetown may ban single-use plastic bags; Nantucket's commercial scallop season ends, and the island's marine mammal stranding team left without funding; and town meeting season gets underway.

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The Point
12:49 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Philanthropy Takes Lessons From the Business Community

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Philanthropy is evolving and taking lessons from the business community. Our region has many dichotomies; we’re a resort community with multimillion-dollar beachfront properties, but we also have issues of poverty, a lack of affordable housing, and a fragile environment. On The Point, Sean Corcoran sits down with area non-profit leaders to discuss new strategies to not only raise money but also to best meet the needs of our community.

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A Life Remembered
8:30 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Helen Lewis: The Perfect Ending to a Wonderful Life

Helen Lewis, of Falmouth, made friends wherever she went as she traveled the world. She died at age 94.
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Helen Jean Lewis already was in her 90s when she moved to the Royal Nursing Center in Falmouth, three years ago, and it was a long life’s journey that brought her here  — 94 years that she filled with travel and music, prayer and food.

The following is an excerpt of the Life Remembered featuring Helen Jean Lewis. To hear the full story, click the LISTEN button above.

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The Point
11:35 am
Fri March 21, 2014

News Stories

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Rounding up the week's top news stories, with WCAI's Sean Corcoran and news colleagues: Anne Brennan of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Joshua Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Sally Rose of the Provincetown Banner; and Nelson Siegelman from the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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The Point
10:42 am
Fri March 14, 2014

News Roundup: White Shark on the Move, New Limits for Striped Bass, & more

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A round-up of this week's top news stories with WCAI's  Sean Corcoran and colleagues.

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The Point
11:19 am
Fri March 7, 2014

In the News: Voyeurism, a Fire Station, Medical Marijuana

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The Friday News Roundup on The Point: the Massachusetts Legislature patches a hole in state law that made it legal for someone to take photos up someone's skirt in public.  Hyannis officials are disappointed in the failure of a plan to fund a new fire station.  Former Congressman William Delahunt says the medical marijuana business is not a golden calf.  Orleans approves a plan that would allow beach drivers to be escorted past piping plover nests.

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The Point
2:15 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

News Roundup: Island Casino and Windfarm Moving Closer

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In the news this week: the Wampanoag Tribe of Gayhead (Aquinnah) is moving forward with an island casino plan, and Cape Wind is getting closer to financing its wind farm in Nantucket sound.

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The Point
4:23 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

News Roundup: Contaminant in Eastham School Water, Overdose Rates Rising; more

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The News Roundup: this weeks top news stories, discussed by Sean Corcoran and his news colleagues. A contaminant (dioxane) has been found in Eastham elementary school water. Eleven teachers have been laid off at the Dennis-Yarmouth school district. A lethal drug mixture is increasing the overdose rates in the area. New flood maps will vastly increase the number of properties that fall under conservation jurisdiction.

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