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.

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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran and local journalists review the top regional news stories of the week. Sean's guests this week include George Brennan, reporter at The Cape Cod Times; Cape Cod Chronicle editor Tim Wood; Sally Rose, editor of the Provincetown Banner; Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; New Bedford Standard-Times editorial page editor Jim DeArruda; and Nelson Sigelman, editor of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

Well more than 100 police and emergency response vehicles provided a hero's escort to Officer Jared MacDonald, as residents and friends lined Main Street cheering for him -- waving hand-made signs and American flags.

Town employee Jean Potter says she was amazed by the turnout, and that MacDonald deserves the support.

"He went by, and I did get to see him, and I was able to wave," she said. "And he looks great. He had a huge smile on his face, and he was waving and he looked really happy to be coming home to this."

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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a roundup of the top local and regional stories of the week. Joining Sean is George Brennan, a reporter at the Cape Cod Times; and Jim DeArruda, the editorial page editor at the New Bedford Standard Times.

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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran and local journalists review the top regional news stories of the week. Sean's guests include Cape Cod Times reporter George Brennan; Cape Cod Chronicle Editor Tim Wood; Mashpee Enterprise reporter Geoff Spillane; Nelson Sigelman, editor of the Martha's Vineyard Times; New Bedford Standard Times Editorial Page Editor Jim DeArruda; and Provincetown Banner Editor Sally Rose.

28-year-old Marion Bartherotte is looking at a photograph of the staff of the French newspaper, Charlie Hebdo. She says all the smiling faces are familiar to her.

"I see (Stephane) Charbonnier," she said. "I see Bernard Maris; I see (Georges) Wolinski; and here is (Jean "Cabu") Cabut -- ah, it is very sad."

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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran and local journalists review the top local and regional news stories of the week.  Sean's guests include Cape Cod Times news editor Patrick Cassidy; Cape Cod Chronicle editor Tim Wood; New Bedford Standard-Times editorial page editor Jim DeArruda; Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror assistant editor Josh Balling; Mashpee Enterprise reporter Geoff Spillane; Provincetown Banner editor Sally Rose;

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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran and local journalists review the top local and regional news stories of 2014.  Sean's guests include Cape Cod Times editor Paul Provonost; Cape Cod Chronicle editor Tim Wood; New Bedford Standard-Times editorial page editor Jim DeArruda; Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror assistant editor Josh Balling; and Martha's Vineyard Times editor Nelson Sigelman.

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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."

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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