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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News Roundup
9:04 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

WCAI's Local News Roundup: Cop Shot in Bourne; Dredging the Canal; New Plan for Opiate Abuse

Federal inspectors are at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth this week to investigate the reactor's emergency shutdown during last week's blizzard.
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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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The Point
1:34 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

WCAI's Local News Roundup: Cape Wind's Future Uncertain; More Church Abuse Lawsuits; Ferry Rate Hike

Rates have increased for ferries running between Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod and Nantucket, despite an online petition seeking a rollback.
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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.

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In This Place
4:24 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Former "Charlie Hebdo" Intern Fondly Remembers Those Killed in Paris Attack

Marion Bartherotte created this cartoon after last week's shooting. In it, she is saying goodbye to her friend and mentor Jean 'Cabu' Cabut, who was killed in the attack.

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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The Point
11:59 am
Fri January 9, 2015

WCAI's Local News Roundup: Cape Wind Hits Major Setback

Will Nantucket Sound soon be dotted with 130 wind turbines? Even some supporters of the Cape Wind project are not optimistic.
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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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Energy
5:11 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Cape Cod's Offshore Wind Project In Jeopardy

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The Point
6:59 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Looking Back at the Top Local News of 2014

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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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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.
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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.
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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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