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.

Ways to Connect

The Hawthorne Barn, originally a space for artists in Provincetown to study and work, was renovated and reborn four years ago.  It now serves as a space, once a month, where classes and events are shared with the public and the world.

Two small NPR radio stations will trade their on-air hosts for 3 weeks this spring: WCAI's Steve Junker will head to Marfa in West Texas, while Travis Bubenik of KRTS, Marfa Public Radio, will come to work here in Woods Hole. The project provides a chance to expand definitions of community, share stories more widely, and to grow a sense of connection by learning more about each other.

 Many Americans believe religion is important in the political sphere. Should the religious beliefs and values of candidates for political office be part of the vetting process? Does faith have broad influence on policy in America?

The island of Martha’s Vineyard attracts everyone from celebrities and presidents to everyday folks seeking a respite from the busier pace of the mainland.

J. Junker

With a growing opioid addiction epidemic facing our region and much of the country, parents are rightfully concerned about educating their children about substance abuse. What is the right age, and what is the best messaging? On The Point, we talk about prevention efforts, and parents supporting other parents whose children are in recovery. Guests on the program are: Kevin Rosario, Gosnold’s Outreach Coordinator and Recovery Coach; and  Patricia Mitrokostas, Gosnold’s Director of Prevention.

Several important and dramatic news stories captured the public's attention in 2015.

Sean Corcoran

A red plastic box has gathered dust behind some camping gear in my basement for the past ten years. I haven't opened it—I don't think I've even touched it—since I moved into my home on Cape Cod in 2005. It's filled with all the stuff I collected as the lead reporter on a two-day newspaper series called, "Opiates in Our Towns."

On The Point, our book experts discuss banned books, including a little history of why certain books have been censored. Sean Corcoran hosts with guests author Peter Abrahams and Jill Erickson, librarian at Falmouth Public Library.

Tree swallows, Bald Eagles, Flycatchers, Hummingbirds, Flickers, and many others are the protagonists of this month's Bird News with Ornithologist Vern Laux. All of the birds are busy finding food; packing on the subcutaneous fat in preparation for the coming winter.  Sean Corcoran hosts this conversation on The Point, and we hear from many listeners and bird enthusiasts in our region.

WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts the Friday News Roundup, talking to local journalists about some of the week's top local news.  Guests include Patrick Cassidy from the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood at the Cape Cod Chronicle; Joshua Balling from the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Jim DeArruda from the New Bedford Standard Times; and Nelson Sigelman from the Martha's Vineyard Times.