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
11:20 am
Fri July 11, 2014

News Roundup: This Week's Stories

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In this week's News Roundup: Hurricane Arthur winds reach 80 miles an hour on Nantucket, and strand some tourists on Martha's Vineyard. The death of a janitor in a Plymouth elementary school remains a mystery. Questions about the safety of Falmouth water a concern for pregnant women. The Monomoy Refuge master plan to protect nesting shorebirds meets with controversy.  There's a new on-demand Cape Baseball League video service. The Obamas will vacation on the Vineyard.

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the point
11:26 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Hawthorne Art Barn Lives On, With New Inspirations

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A special event from the Hawthorne Art Barn in Provincetown rebroadcast on WCAI, called "Rich and Strange: A Celebration of the Sea in Music and Words." The now-famous barn was built by painter Charles Hawthorne at the turn of the 20th century, and its construction is considered the beginning of Provincetown's place as an art colony. But just a few years ago, the barn was in danger of being sold and turned into condominiums.

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In This Place
2:05 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

WCAI's Local News Roundup: Nuclear Fuel Waste; Wellfleet Police Concerns; Seashore Ready for Summer

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On this week's local news roundup, WCAI's Managing Editor Sean Corcoran is joined by some of the region's top journalists, including Anne Brennan of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; Geoff Spillane of the Mashpee Enterprise; and Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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The Point
11:31 am
Fri May 23, 2014

The Friday News Roundup

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Catch up on news of the week with WCAI's Sean Corcoran and Sean Gonsalves of the Cape Cod Times; along with Tim Wood from the Cape Cod Chronicle; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Times and South Coast Today; Sally Rose of the Provincetown Banner; Geoff Spillane of the Mashpee Enterprise; and Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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the point
10:32 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Provincetown Art Barn Lives On

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It's been 115 years since Charles Webster Hawthorne arrived in Provincetown. He came to paint and teach. No one knew at the time that the school he would start inside a small barn would mark the beginning of Provincetown's place in history as the nation's oldest art colony.

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In This Place
9:54 am
Mon May 12, 2014

A Life Remembered: George Webbere - a veteran, a family man, a gardener and a talent

George Webbere, 96, died on April 11, 2014, after a remarkable life serving his country and his community.
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After retiring from military and government work in the mid-1970s, George Webbere needed something to do. He had the garden to tend in the spring and summer. But when it turned cold, one of the things Webbere did was produce radio programs for the blind, including a story hour - one that became syndicated across the country throughout the Radio Reading Network.

NARRATION: “The next mystery program is the story Venus Fly Trap by Ruth Randell…."

That’s Charlie Webbere, narrating.

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The Point
2:23 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Looking at a Busy Week in the News

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WCAI’s Sean Corcoran hosts local reporters and editors in the Friday News Roundup.  Among the week’s top stories: an off-Cape lawmaker's secretive move to close oyster beds sparks outrage, Cape addiction specialists take heat for their roles in the medical marijuana business, an effort to extend the Monomoy plan comment period, the need for a new grade school on Nantucket, a former zoo official in New Bedford weighs in on a plan to move two elephants, and a popular bubbler

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The Point
11:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Looking Back on a Busy Week of News

The Cape Flyer tourist train
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Local news editors join WCAI's Sean Corcoran to discuss some of the region's top stories of the week. Among the stories they'll be talking about -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission comes to town to discuss a spate of unexcited shutdowns at Pilgrim, a challenge to the Cape Wind project encounters a skeptical judge, and the tourist train is ready to roll again.

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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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